Last week I flew to Perth for only 2 days to catch up with my BiL. After a few days, I am still jet-lagged. That is what a flight at 1am Perth time with 1.5 hour delay does to you. On top of that I didn’t get any sleep on the flight. We arrived home at 9am and flopped ourselves on the bed. Remind me to never book flights so late again!

For dinner my MiL suggested a local restaurant but once we drove off, the hubs insisted we have fish head noodles at a restaurant he can’t remember the name of or where it was exactly located. Ahem… After driving around for half an hour for a mysterious restaurant, we found it! The little row of shops had probably 5 storefronts and Bateman Chinese was the one over-flooding with people. The restaurant is tiny and everywhere is a tight squeeze. Everyone has to get out of their chairs to move for people and the waiters/waitresses.

We thought about only ordering just two dishes between 3 people since we wanted a snack later (I really wanted chicken treat, yes WA people, don’t laugh at me!). Hubs has suggested the fish head noodle soup and the Japanese Sizzling tofu. We were a bit worried that it was still way too small for a “light dinner” so the waitress suggested increasing the 4 pieces of fish head to 6 pieces. Perfect!

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I was a bit a skeptical about the tofu dish, it does not sound anything special on paper. Once it arrives it exactly what it is, Japanese sizzling tofu. There isn’t many pieces but the crisp on the outside and the pillow soft insides makes you crave for more. It is paired with a sauce that is almost like sweet & sour but not sour at all. The general census of the diners in the restaurant tonight are ordering the sizzling tofu dish and the fish head noodles.

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The star dish arrived – the fish head with noodles. I believe there are two different noodles that you can order – the plain one, “ching” as they say in Cantonese or the curry laksa one. We decided to go with the plain one with tomatoes & preserved vegetables. The noodle soup tasted very clean & cleansing. Could not even taste a hint of MSG, it was the perfect noodle soup you can get. Sadly, when we got the fish head there was only 5 pieces so we quickly asked the waitress and soon after, another one arrived. The fish head is actually not fish head but fish wings thankfully since I am not a big fan of fish head. A very crunchy on the outside and tender and delicate on the inside.

6/22 Parry Ave Bateman
Bateman, WA 06150

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