NanYang Cafe - satisfaction for your stomach

NanYang Cafe - Rundle Mall, Shop 26 Renaissance Arcade

A Rundle Mall shopping expedition saw boyfriend and I hungry for lunch so we popped into Renaissance Arcade for a late lunch one weekend. Renaissance Arcade has always been a favourite and steadfast staple stemming from years studying at Adelaide Uni. One place that I haven't frequented often due to my loyalty to Penang Hawkers Corner is NanYang Cafe. With Penang switching owners and undergoing a face change, NanYang it was!

Boyfriend decided on wet hor fun, which is flat rice noodles stir fried with chicken, flat fish cake, prawns and bok choy in glossy egg white sauce. Although not the most appetising when it comes to looks, wet hor fun is a comforting dish with familiar and pleasant Asian flavours. This is further enhanced with a good dousing of Chiu Chow chilli oil.  The chicken was tender, bok choy was crisp and prawns were not over cooked. A solid effort and a decent serving size for less than $10. However, a little more noodles would not go astray to soak up a bit more of the delicious sauce.

Nanyang Cafe, Wet Hor Fun, Adelaide, Rundle Mall
Wet hor fun 
Meanwhile, I decided on ordering the wonton noodle soup. Broth was lightly flavoured and could have benefited from a little more depth. Egg noodles were springy and had retained their bite during the cooking process - very important. Wonton pastry was smooth and silken, whilst the wonton itself did not have that hard pinched bit between the meat and the wonton pastry trails, which often happens when a wonton isn't wrapped with expertise. However, the meat within the wonton was a little bit grainy and could have been enhanced with stronger flavour. For the best wonton soups in the world, one needs to venture on a trip to Hong Kong - nothing here compares - NOTHING.

Nanyang Cafe, Wonton Noodle Soup, Adelaide, Rundle Mall
Wonton noodle soup
To finish off the meal we ordered a serve of chicken satays ....and they were good. The satays were served in the traditional style with rice dumpling, cucumber and red onion, a definite plus in my books. I haven't come across many establishments that serve satay in this fashion. The satays themselves were tender pieces of chicken with a adequate level of char. The sauce was thick and coated the surfaces of your mouth with lingering peanut-y goodness. And the generous serve of the sauce was met with smiles from both myself and the boyfriend, nobody likes a sauce stinge.

Nanyang Cafe, Chicken Satay, Adelaide, Rundle Mall
Chicken satay
NanYang serves pleasing Malaysian/Singaporean lunch time fare at reasonable prices. The benefit of going to a place such as NanYang is that there are no surprises - you know what you're getting for what you pay which ensures no disappointment and stomach satisfaction.

Jess gives NanYang Cafe 13/20 chops on The Chopping Board.

Food: 7/10
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5

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