Last weekend, Saucer and I went into gardening mode. Since early in the morning of Saturday, we spent our time clearing weeds, sweeping, loosening the garden bed and planting new flowers on our front lawn. It was quite a nice way to spend time together, not to mention the gorgeous weather that wasn’t too sunny or cold. We ended up working until past noon, and realized that we were famished! A short search on the internet revealed a Chinese/Malaysian restaurant that had good reviews from the locals, so that was where we headed to for lunch. Golden Lake Seafood Restaurant is located in the Norwest shopping centre where Coles is.
Our filling lunch
We reached the restaurant some time after 2pm and found that it was going to close at 2.30pm! What a close shave. Thankfully, the manager welcomed us with big smiles and showed us to a table by the window.
Table with a rose
We ordered the Hot Pot Beancurd and Vegetables, seeing it was raining that afternoon which was perfect weather for something steaming hot. The dish came brimming with vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, snow peas, siew bak choy, carrot and baby corn. That probably filled up the quota of my vegetables intake for the next 2 days! LOL! Of course, there were several pieces of plump tofu spotted too. Everything was mixed in a fragrant and tasty gravy that made this dish such a comfort to bite into.
Hot Pot Beancurd and Vegetables (AUD$13.80)
We also ordered a dish of Spicy Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs, which was essentially deep fried pork ribs with chilli and shallots. The pork ribs were well-marinated with each piece bursting with flavour and crispy too. The batter covering the pork was not overly thick and not doughy, which was good. I would have preferred the dish to be more spicy in general since it’s supposed to be spicy. Perhaps adding some chilli powder into the batter? That would have made this dish hot!
Spicy Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs (AUD$15.80)
I had cravings for some fried rice that afternoon, so we ordered a large Special Fried Rice to share instead of having white rice. The difference between special fried rice and the normal fried rice was the addition of char siew / BBQ pork in the mix. The normal fried rice would have just prawns, ham and chicken slices, which I thought was good enough. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite enjoy the fried rice since we didn’t find it to be fried with enough heat of wok (wok hei). Also, the BBQ pork was different from what we have in Malaysia, where the skin would usually be slightly charred or burnt. I guess this means the next time we visit, we’d stick to the normal white rice.
Large Special Fried Rice (AUD$8)
Lunch for two
Lunch in general was above average, and huge in portions too! The fried rice was able to fill up to 4 rice bowls for each of us, so we were more than stuffed. We also ended up packing a third of the pork ribs back home since we really couldn’t stomach them anymore. They were still good the next day after some stir-frying. We had a nice experience in this restaurant, where the staff was pleasant and environment was quiet with a nice view. We’d most probably be back!
Golden Lake Seafood Restaurant
NSW 2153 Australia.
Tel No.: (02) 8850 6822
Opening Hours: Daily for lunch, daily except Monday for dinner