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PappaRich - Malaysian chain in Ktown

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Stumbled across the first US branch of the Malaysian chain PappaRich while driving around Ktown yesterday.

Has anyone tried the place, authentic?


721 S.Western Av, LA CA 90005.

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  1. It's like rotiboy and papparoti

    Seems like the naming is all mixed up, I've seen papparoti with that chef character, now they're all papparich.. supposed to be the same company ?

    There's one in pasadena as well... but not officially on the franchise list on the website hmm

    I'll need to check this out!

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    1. re: blimpbinge

      the pasadena one is not related to the chain

      1. re: thefatknightrises

        How does that work? They use the same name, same character, etc, but not related? I'm just curious.

        1. re: blimpbinge

          maybe papparich is the malay equivalent to sam woo?

          1. re: blimpbinge

            Same font, yeah. Different logo of an old dude with a mustache. Hell if I know. All I know is that it's a chain import from Malaysia. The KTown one (which is the one I've been to) serves Malaysian food and is technically called PappaRich Cafe. The Pasadena one just serves some buns and Peet's? Different websites too.

      2. there's supposed to be a second location in the LA area, both to be open sometime during the 3rd quarter of 2014. any ideas of where it is/will be?

        1. Let's hope it FLIES....rim shot please

          1. The one in Pasadena has the buns (which ARE good) but not much else on the menu - it's mostly a drinks place.

            1. I didn't know we had one in LA! I've been to one of the Papparich locations in Kuala Lumpur -- it's like fast food Malaysian food. Decent, but the local shops are better. But in LA, where it's so hard to find Malaysian food, it could be a godsend! Hopefully I'll get out there soon.

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              1. re: boogiebaby

                the website left me with the impression of a malaysian denny's.

                1. re: barryc

                  accurate. but we're too desperate for malaysian to complain, right?

                  still would probably go to penang in west covina if i want mediocre malaysian.

              2. Had lunch there today. Menu is quite limited - I think the selection only comprises 1/3 of their Malaysian counterparts.

                Anyway ended up ordering the lunch special rice with fried chicken and sambal, fried kway teow and satay. Unfortunately they were out of the M'sian coffees and teas - ingredients were in transit...

                The rice plate was an odd combination; the description implied nasi lemak accompanied by fried chicken, however it was served with Hainanese style chicken rice instead. The key to any decent nasi lemak is the sambal, this version was quite disappointing - about a tablespoon and a half worth of a watery lackluster puddle was dished onto the plate. The fried chicken was crispy and tasty but sadly the overall entree was a miss.

                The kway teow fortunately was passable, cooked with sufficient 'wok hei' and flavor profile was on point. Won't compare to any specialist hawker stall's version in Penang but decent enough.

                Chicken satay was one of the better versions I've had in LA, good gravy and adequately seasoned meat.

                While they do offer other ubiquitous M'sian specialities (i.e. roti canai, kaya toast), I did hope for a wider selection; more along the lines of the Penang chain to warrant frequent return visits. I suspect the place is operated by Koreans based on the telltale association with the neighboring nightclub - Papparich @ Vibe. Should have been a stronger effort for the chain's first foray stateside

                The comparison to Denny's is off the mark. More akin to the "jack of all trades" Japanese restaurants. Food is passable but you won't find any standouts compared to the establishments specializing in sushi, yakitori, ramen, tempura etc..

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                1. re: Sgee

                  Really too bad, it looks good on the plate at least.

                  Was hoping this would turn out to be a place to get Laksa...

                2. the pasadena branch closed btw, reopening as something else but forgot to take a closer pic

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                  1. re: blimpbinge

                    something gastropubby from the team behind an Asian fusiony joint in DTLA.