I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again: I think Spice Alley in Chippendale is a great place. Beautifully designed, good concept, buzzing with life. Aside from some complications to try to get an alcoholic drink, the rest of it works great. Everyone in your party can choose their own favourite Asian dish, and then gather and eat tasty food together.
Others in our party went for laksa and sushi; I felt like a roti canai from Alex Lee Kitchen, and it’s hard to go wrong with this. A crispy, fried roti with not one but two spicy curries and a sambal. Yum. $7.50. It’s the first photo up top. I do think that the frozen roti in Chinatown are really good quality to fry up at home, but I wouldn’t be able to recreate these curries.
And then I was really interested in trying the Ngoh Hiang, a deep fried ‘five spice’ roll with minced pork, prawns, water chestnuts and onions as a filling, wrapped in a bean curd skin. It reminded me of some dishes that I like at yum cha. Delicious. $12.
With so much choice in Spice Alley, I should probably try a different place next time, but I was really happy with my choice that night.