If you can't pick, pick them all.
Whether it be food, clothes or places to work (I just do not learn).
There's one little trusted place in Perth that cures all (Asian) cravings, that brings a small slice of Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, [insert any other country here] here to Australia in the form of delicious, authentic tasting food.
All in the one central location, under the same roof, spans this global village of hawker food galore to take your pick from, similar to Cambridge Forum. Located just metres away from each other, it has never been more convenient and cheap to go country-hopping from one to the other.
|Durian Smoothie - $5|
Durian smoothie...tasted real, and definitely smelled as real as stink.
A pleasingly real stench that wafts of durian.
|Chee Cheong Fun - $4.50|
It is always exciting to prance around with a $20 note in hand, and be googly eyed at the vast range of options to satiate yourself with.
|Ooh, the way that skin gleams with liberal coats of sticky sauce...|
A favourite at the Fook Kee stall is its beautifully simple chee cheong fun dish, its popularity evident from its presence on just about...every one of our visits.
All their menu items are small sized dishes and tastily priced, as are these soft rice flour rolls topped with beancurd skin, and bathed in coats of sweet soy sauce before the finishing touch of sesame seeds.
|Yong Tau Fu - $6|
It is a collective name for a plate that brings you not only tofu blocks stuffed with pork paste, but also eggplant, capsicum, fish balls and fried tofu skin. If sharing, be prepared to share intimate bites, since you don't get many of the same food item in one dish.
|Assorted dipping sauces|
The range being given includes a sweet soy sauce, chilli sauce and a thin garlic, chilli sauce.
|Penang Fried Kuey Teow - $8|
I love being able to taste that recognisable wok hei flavour in this dish, achieved by stir frying the contents in a wok over a high-heat but controlled flame.
|Curry Laksa - $7.50|
|Curry laksa, up close and personal|
I made sure not a single strand of noodle was left alone in that sea of fragrant coconut milky soup. Life would be a lot easier if noodle dishes came with strainers...
|Laksa - aerial view|
The tempting call of a ridiculously flavoursome soup is just so easy to succumb to.
|Nasi Ayam - $9|
I have ordered a few other dishes from them in a blind attempt to find that dish I ordered again, but with no luck. This nasi ayam dish had slightly overcooked chicken with fried shallots, and disappointing yellow rice (disappointing only because it wasn't the rice I was trying to find).
I would probably go with one of their many other chicken dishes.
|Bak Kut Teh - $8.50|
|What's not to love?|
It is absolutely perfect when eaten over a hot bowl of steamed rice or, with my way of doing things, by emptying the bowl of rice into the goodie-laden soup instead.
That way, you are more likely to fit more in the one mouthful :)
I'm hanging out for the next visit to Spencers Village, which probably won't be for a while since the drive there costs an arm and a leg's worth in time. I envy those who live nearby, who can get cheap, authentic and fast meals whenever they please, without losing an arm or a leg.
It may be a food court, but service is personalised a little by every stall's ordering procedure. Ordering and paying is standard, but then having your food delivered to your table is a nice touch that saves your bottom leaving the wooden bench seating (even if they are uncomfortable)!
Don't expect flashy surroundings, or even an average ambiance at that. Spencers has built up quite the reputation over the years, but in the opposite direction, attracting negative publicity regarding its food health and safety violations.
Once dubbed "the food hall from hell", it could not be any more misleading.
If this here is hell, I would love to go to hell.
Lunch & Dinner: Wed - Sun
(Imagine my rage fit when I turned up nice and early on a Tuesday after a 30 minute drive)