Rundle Place has become a little shopping precinct within the Rundle Mall strip. There are a number of shops that sell clothes, homewares, furniture, and even provide with services where you can get pampered and/or groom yourself.
Thus, it only makes sense that a shopping mall like this have a food court where busy (and tired) shoppers can go and get a quick and easy meal that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
One such pitstop is Warong – an authentic South East Asian Halal dine in/takeaway food stall that is located towards your right, as you go down the escalator or the steps of Rundle Place.
Offering a number of Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine options, Warong has seen their popularity rise over the past couple of years since setting base in Rundle Place. They have also gone far and wide, recently opening up a mini-takeaway stall in the new Fresh Food Mall in Westfield Marion.
The team at Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample some of the dishes that Warong offers as dine-in or takeaway options at their Rundle Place location.
You can never really go wrong with Spring Rolls. With a crispy, crunchy layer on the outside and a bunch of freshly cooked vegetables on the inside, you can feel a burst of flavours with the first bite. They are a fantastic snack that can easily fill you up if you have the whole plate to yourself (and there’s nothing wrong with that)!
Next, we had the Beef Rendang. The beef was well cooked and the curry that the meat was served in had a subtle yet distinctive tang of coconut in it. This was a very enjoyable dish and the rice served on the side certainly adds towards a hearty and appetising meal.
We then had the Grilled Chicken, which was drizzled generously in peanut sauce. The chicken had a golden glaze to it (underneath the sauce) and presented with a tender texture. It tasted juicy and the peanut sauce further complemented the flavours of the meat.
When I personally visit a Malaysian restaurant, I cannot resist ordering a dish that has Satay Chicken in it. The chicken skewers are cooked in a light peanut sauce and had an almost-melting-off-the-bone tone to it. The satay sauce had an even consistency and presented with just the right amount of crunchy and creamy. There was a hint of a charcoal-y, smoked taste to the chicken that won my heart over.
Ordering it because of the peculiar name, the Gado Gado is a vegetarian dish that is served up with snake beans, Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts, and potatoes…all drizzled over with some beautiful peanut sauce. While it may have been a tad spicy for my palate, it was thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. I love the diversity in the ingredients that make this dish equally drop-dead-delicious and versatile at the same time.
We ended our feast in the food court with a generous serve of every uni student’s favourite go-to-dish-when-poor: the Mee Goreng (Hokkien Noodles) with chicken. Most certainly not out of a $2.95 packet from Coles, the noodles were thick and well-cooked. There was an appropriate garnish of the caramalized onion and the sauce that it was cooked in had a lovely mix of authentic Asian spices and flavours.
Warong has been equipped with friendly staff members who have a passion to let the love flow through their cuisines. It’s definitely worth stopping by, next time you’re looking for a change from the regular burgers and wraps that are available in most of the other food court stalls.
Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
WHERE: 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide