We've been visiting Norsiah's Kitchen occasionally on lazy weeknights to grab some cheap, tasty and fast dinners but the blogging gods have conspired against us - no camera, no peanut sauce available or just a lack of enthusiasm. This time we came prepared. The menu is reasonably veg-friendly, with rice and noodle dishes, gado gado and a range of Norsiah's specials.
The star of the menu is the sweet soy and peanut sauce, that gets slathered over our favourite dish - the Tahu Telur (deep fried tofu in eggs with vegetables with the soy and peanut sauce, $7.50).
This is a rich, peanutty sauce, with a hint of spice and sweetness. It's clearly not good for you, with shimmery bits of oil in the sauce and thick chunks of eggy batter around the tofu. The sprinkling of sprouts and cucumber on top help us pretend that it's not killing us, but it's probably best enjoyed periodically.
The sauce is best soaked up with some rice, and the nasi goreng sayur (fried rice with vegetables and tofu - $7) is just the ticket.
The rice and tofu have a light spiciness, which is milder than the more powerful peanut soy suace. The tofu is liberally sprinkled throughout the rice, making it a very satisfying meal on its own. Adding a few spoonfuls of the peanut sauce from the tahu telar takes it to a whole new delicious level.
Norsiah's is a pretty unassuming place - all plastic chairs and newspapers from January, but it's almost always full of students and locals - it's easy to see why, with massive and tasty meals for less than $8.
Address: 604 Swanston Street, Carlton
Ph: 9347 7079