Christmas pageant was on Saturday so you could imagine the number of people within the 5km of the Adelaide CBD. We decided to wait till the lunch time rush was over before heading out to the city. I have walked past this restaurant many times, it's tucked away in between the T chow restaurant and an internet cafe on Moonta Street. I don't recall it being busy. It's very easy to miss. We went in the restaurant just past the normal lunch hour and of course it wasn't very busy. We could sit whever we liked. Straight away we were given some menus. There were lunch time specials, and at a quick glance, nothing was over $10 apart from the Nasi Lemak. It was Malaysian Chinese cuisine. It certainly didn't take long before we decided what to order.
It didn't take long before the food arrived at our table either. I could say that all the sizes were very generous. Wontons had prawns in them, not half a prawn but a whole prawn in each one. I know some restaurants have only bit of prawn or some mushed up prawn meat. The noodles were not soggy either.
Next was the laksa, it was seafood laksa. It was like finding gold. The prawns were mixed in underneath. There wasn't the sandy or the gritty taste of the soup, I guess this was probably due to the fact that there was no grounded prawns. It is interesting to see how many different types of laksa there are. It seems like all places present it differently. I suppose to eat the traditonal laksa, I would have to travel to Malaysia or Indonesia.
I couldn't taste much of the lemongrass in this dish, the pork chop was a little dry for my liking. It needed slightly more taste to it. I didn't fancy the sweet chilli sauce on the side. Perhaps a little cooked salted spring onions on top would be nice.
Har Mee was pretty spot on. It was in a dark soup stock which was richly flavoured. Together with prawns, fish cake slices with bean sprouts. It was topped with spring onions and fried shallots.
We couldn't skip pass the ice Kachang. It is a dessert which is full of shaved ice. It usually comes in bright colours with different fruit dressings. In Malaysia, I have had ones with grass jelly, aloe vera and ice-cream. This one had red beans, sweet corn, and some peanuts. It was topped with coconut milk. Trust me, one serve of this dessert is enough to share between four people.
It opens for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. For the price and the quality of the food, you really can't go wrong with BaBa Gallery.
Visit BaBa Gallery - 31 Moonta Street, Adelaide SA 5000, (08) 8212 1686