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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Jimmy's Recipe, Sydney

Assam laska $7.90
Round rice noodles served with sliced cucumber, pineapple,
red onion, sardine fish and boiled egg in a tropical Malaysian
sour soup boiled with tamarind skin, pineapple and fish

There's always a queue at Jimmy's, but we arrive early at The Galeries Victoria for a weekday lunch. I'd heard good things about their murtabak--a roti crepe rolled up with meat curry and egg--but on this day we feel like rice and noodles.

The assam laksa has plenty of pineapple and cucumber but compared to the dark and pungent broth at Malay Chinese Takeaway, this version is much sweeter and milder with less of the characteristic fishy resonance of mackerel.

Har mee $7.90
Noodles in chilli prawn soup served with prawn, chicken,
fish cake, boiled egg and vegetables

The har mee prawn noodle soup is also pale and subdued in comparison to the one served at Malay Chinese. It's not particularly strong with the flavour of prawn shells, but on the plus side, as least the post-lunch breath isn't as bad either.

Nasi lemak with chicken curry $7.90
Rice cooked in coconut cream and screw pine leaves served with
ikan billis (chilli anchovies), cucumber, boiled egg,
peanuts, Malaysian pickled vegetables
and a choice of either chicken or lamb curry or beef rendang

Nasi lemak is served in a bright blue melamine plate complete with handy partions. The coconut rice is rich and fragrant, and the chicken curry is tender. I enjoy the crunch of the pickled vegetables and the sambal has a moderate heat. It doesn't feel quite right having nasi lemak with loose rice (usually it's packed into a bowl then upturned on your plate so it resembles a dome) but the fried shallots add an interesting texture.

Prices are competitive for this end of town and service is fast if cursory. Jimmy's also serve roti, laksa, murtabak, satay chicken and Ipoh hor fun.

Jimmy's Recipe
The Galeries Victoria
RG16, Ground floor
500 George Street, Sydney
(best approached from Pitt Street, next to the Arthouse Bar)
Tel: +61 (02) 9267 288

Monday to Friday 9.00am-6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am-9.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am-3.00pm

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Malay Chinese Takeaway (assam laska), Sydney, April 2007
Malay Chinese Takeaway (har mee), Sydney, April 2007

Cafe Kasturi, Haymarket
Kopitiam Malaysian Cafe, Ultimo, April 2007
Kopitiam Malaysian Cafe, Ultimo, April 2006
Malay Chinese Takeaway, Sydney, April 3, 2007
The Malaya, Sydney
Tan's Malaysian, Ultimo
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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/30/2007 11:59:00 pm


  • At 10/31/2007 9:18 am, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    Hey Helen! it's been a while. I had my first assam laksa the other day (homemade) and really liked it. so i'm off next Thursday when i'm back from Melbourne to check it out at Hunter.

    Hope all is well!


  • At 10/31/2007 12:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've been reading your blog for a couple of years, but this is my first post. You should also try To's Malaysian Gourmet in North Sydney. I have only had their prawn mee, but it's good.


  • At 10/31/2007 2:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi helen

    i've forgotten about jimmy's but looking at the pictures it looks like malay chinese would possibly be more flavoursome as you've reviewed. i guess if your keen on assam laksa then it might be a good choice as malay chinese only serves it every 5 weeks, the next one being this thursday.

    i've been finding a few more laksa places around town and have found the chicken laksa at Laksa King on Erskine St one of the better ones around town alongside Malay Chinese which is also one of the best but oiler. The sambal at Laksa King would have to be one of the hottest around town.

    Ba Ba's in the grace hotel has been a nice little spot for malaysian lunches because it's nice and air conditioned. i don't really think their laksa is that good because they are using shredded chicken but i think their chicken rice is pretty good and generous.

    have also discovered Chilli Hub in the little food court area next to City Hotel on Kent St for chinese/malaysian. Seafood char kway teow fairly good (not on menu).

    simon :-)

  • At 10/31/2007 10:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OMG. I am drooling, DROOLING
    *wipes keyboard*
    This post inspired my dinner tonight (asian theme), yet sometimes I just want to chow down on a giant bowl of authentic laksa. *jealous*

  • At 11/01/2007 8:48 pm, Blogger Terri @ A Daily Obsession said…

    hi helen! if i can only spend one day in sydney (en route to melb), what /where would u recommend for breakfast, lunch & dinner???

  • At 11/01/2007 10:04 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Pickles - Ooh I would to sample a homemade assam laksa one day. Surely you've set the standard quite high? :)

    Hi Betty - Thanks for making your first ever comment. It only gets easier, I promise :) I've been meaning to get to To's but they're only open on Saturday lunchtime so I'll have to schedule it for my next visit to the North on a weekend!

    Hi Simon - Some great laksa tips. Thanks! I'll have to check out Laksa King and Ba Ba's and Chilli Hub too (dishes on the menu? how tricky of them!).

    Hi Bean_Mix - I usually love laksa in winter but yes, I'm always guilty of food cravings once my eyes have been taunted with deliciousness!

    Hi Terri - That's a tough call! Given that you're coming from Malaysia, I'd suggest you share scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes for breakfast from bills (Surry Hills is prob the easiest location), have fish and chips at Doyles at the Sydney Fish Markets (plus a DIY picnic of sashimi, oysters and Crystal Bay prawns, dinner at Jasmin in Lakemba for crazy cheap but delicious falafel, tabbouleh, chicken and lamb (I'm guessing there isn't too much Lebanese avail at home?) and late night dessert at San Churro. Happy feasting :P

  • At 11/02/2007 9:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Helen-If you ever wanted to start a food tour business, I'd be first in line. Even though I'm from Sydney you always manage to find food gems! :)

  • At 11/02/2007 12:37 pm, Blogger Terri @ A Daily Obsession said…

    thanx!u sure know how to eat! now i'm off to the gym to get ready for ur recommendation.

  • At 11/03/2007 1:01 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Lorraine - A food tour? Heh, I do one every day :)

    Hi Terri - Ahh you'll be fine. All food in Sydney is fat-free :)


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