Hurstville is located on the opposite end of town from us and therefore, we seldom visit the suburb. However, whenever we land at the airport, we try to make a short stop there for makan before heading home. One place we finally got to try was Kampong Boy.
Owned and managed by a Malaysian couple with business and finance backgrounds, they have been around for a few years. We saw that they had Claypot Lao Shu Fen ($12.80) on their menu and decided to give it a try. Slightly less oily than Petaling Street's version but lacked the char taste.
One dish recommended by Helen of Grab Your Fork was the Belacan Fried Eggplant ($10.80). We enjoyed it but concurred that it was really oily. However, we also knew that without that amount of oil, the eggplant would not be able to achieve that crispy outside but tender inside effect. It was very fragrant and spicy from the belacan so not for people who can't take spicy.
One dish that had us all excited was Nestum Prawns ($18.80). I think the last time I had Nestum Prawns was back home and that was quite some time ago. The Nestum complimented the prawn to give it a slighlty sweet flavour but with an extra crunch.
We were taken aback by the amount of oil that we saw as the Rendang Beef ($15.80) was placed on the table. Although the beef was tender enough to come off shred by shred, we did not dare to drizzle too much of the rendang on our rice.
Their Cendol Ice ($5.00) was a little disappointing because it did not have all the ingredients typically found in cendol. We also suspected that instead of palm sugar, it was just brown sugar that they used to drizzle onto the cendol, which made it tasteless compared to the original. However, they were pretty accommodating when we asked to add more to it to make it sweeter.
370 Forest Road, Hurstville, NSW, Australia
Tel: +61 2 8094 8409
Tuesday to Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Weekends 11:30am to 4:30pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm