It seems that we’ve reached that stage in our lives where all our friends have children. There are newborns and there are 4 year olds. There’s talk of nappies and nannies and when baby #2 or #3 might come along.
Luckily, Andy and I love kids so this is all fine by us! When we first moved back to Sydney we stayed with friends on the North Shore. Our friends have a 16 month old daughter, Emma, and she and Andy bonded. After we’d moved into our new apartment, Andy looked around the quiet rooms one day and said, “I miss Emma!”
So, more and more we look for places that are kid friendly. This means we can meet up with our friends who are parents, they don’t have to pay for a babysitter and we get to hang out with the kids as well. And, on a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, More More Cha fit the bill perfectly.
More More Cha (1 Dixon Street, Sydney) serves Malaysian food and is famous for the Flying Roti Man. Very reasonable prices, an outdoor space big enough for a pram and the super friendly staff made for a lunch that everyone, including Emma, enjoyed!
The staff brought out a highchair and a colourful plastic spoon for Emma, and the Roti Man came out not long after to entertain us while we were waiting for our food.
We started with plates of the famous roti canai… flaky and crispy roti with curry, dahl and anchovy dipping sauces. All the dipping sauces were great, but we were pleasantly surprised by the anchovy sauce which was not too fishy and had a great spice.
We shared three mains and they came out quickly following the rotis. First up was nasi lemak. The rice could have had more flavour, but the chicken curry served with it was excellent. The chicken was so soft, we separated it into four servings with our spoons! The peanuts, anchovies and pickled vegetables that accompanied the dish were all great, but there could have been more of them.
Next up was the ayam bakar, or grilled chicken for people like me who aren’t super familiar with Malaysian food. This chicken was excellent. The skin had a great charred flavour and the meat was moist. We barely used the dipping sauce provided because the chicken alone was lovely.
Finally, out came the beef rendang. I could smell all the spices before they even set the dish down. Star anise, cloves, cardamom… I know those were in the rendang because our friend, who got the first scoop, got a mouthful of the whole spices. He literally bit down on a whole star anise. Not pleasant at all. Once all those tooth-chipping whole spices were removed, the rendang was excellent. The beef was incredibly tender and there was just the right amount of heat. We ordered another roti just to soak up all the great gravy that came with the rendang.
Emma had been nibbling away at pieces of roti during the meal and she accidentally grabbed a piece that had a bit of the redang sauce on it. It was way too spicy for little Emma and she made her discomfort known! Luckily, the rest of us were far happier with our meal!