The cleaner sister of Laksa King is here. The recipes might be the same and the location is almost the same, but overall the experience at Laksa King Kitchen falls into the shadow of the original. But there’s pros: there’s no queue and it’s way […]
If you’re looking for the most authentic Malaysian cuisine in London, you can find it at Roti King at King’s Cross. Everything about this place is screaming authentic. Including the queue and the table service. The crowded setup and heat of the kitchen is found […]
There’s something undeniably comforting about a gigantic plate of noodles. For me, it reminds me of carefree childhoods and going out for a rare, fancy but economical family outing up in the city. I tried to relive some of that grandeur thorough checking out a Malaysian place called Rasa Sayang, which is across the road from the new office. Decently busy for a weeknight and super fast service. Which was needed, as the staff had my order wrong on the first round. Still, a quick swap and only a mere few minutes of additional waiting meant no drama.
The chicken and the vege were on the side of ordinary but the noodles and the sauce sure did it for me. Not quite as rich as the midnight dark hues of the ones back in Auckland, but the savoury, soy notes of the sauce were exact to have evoked fond memories. Authentically crafted and an ideal stopgap for a cheap and traditional fix.
Most of the office tended to give Meetbowl a miss, but I’m glad I checked out it with the food a nice change of pace from the usual. Offering authentic and possibly too authentic, Indonesian cuisine – it has a no frills feel with street […]
For a taste of forward thinking Malaysian cuisine be sure to check out Aunty Franklee on Russell Street. Offering traditional menu items with a twist, Katie and I were treated to some wonderful and vibrant dishes. These made for a great accompaniment to our mid-week catchup. […]
A staple of my work eating has been at a well priced, well-placed Malaysian-styled cafe called Penang Road on Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. I’ve eaten there into the double digits easily although there’s only one dish that I really order (or recommend) and that’s the amazing fried chicken chop. I’ve ordered this enough times to know who’s in the kitchen on that day and fingers crossed you get May – she’s the business. Avoid big groups as getting a table can be trickier in peak hours although the service itself is like my Asian maths teacher, efficient and short.
The wonders of a fried chicken chop include a fried chicken chop, fried chicken egg, salad leaves, chilli sauce and chicken (?) flavoured rice. I’m much too non-mainstream for that so I usually request for a substitution to the coconut rice. The chicken rice tastes a bit MSG-y to me. The chicken chop is fantastic fun and it’s a super filling dish.
Just off from the Newmarket Train Station is a buzzy hive of Malaysian eating and Laksa King generally has the most bustling crowd of them all. The first few times I’ve tried to dine, there’s been insurmountable queues and the second time we weren’t quite in the […]
This Chinta Ria Soul is a foodcourt version of their St Kilda restaurant, which I haven’t yet had a chance to visit, but am keen to as I always am up for some decent Malaysian food to remind myself of my roots. The menu is […]
There’s a few Malaysian restaurant chains that migrated over to Melbourne, one of the lesser known ones is Old Town which is over on Elizabeth Street. The menu options and service was fabulous but I was a bit disappointed with my meal. I wouldn’t recommend heading back for this dish at least, but there could be unknown merit in some of the other hundred menu options.
I ordered the Hainanese chicken chop which promised crispy fried chicken served with an authentic Hainanese style sauce with butter rice. Being a Malaysian place, the menu was highly visual and my plate really didn’t really compare, with everything in being much smaller quantities and missing the potatoes. Just look at it. Even without the visual comparison, it simply wasn’t a good dish which little to no actual chicken and all the ingredients not seeming fresh or prepared with care. I was excited but the prospect of the butter rice but there was nothing to it.
I think the issue here is the menu is too big and they should focus on selling and doing a few really well, rather than try to emulate the model as exactly as in Malaysia.