These last few weeks, I’ve been working with Malaysian Kitchen – a global initiative of the Malaysian Government celebrating Malaysian cuisine around the world.
For my blog, I wanted to feature some classic and typical Malaysian dishes, in particular the “cheap and cheerful” dishes sold at hawker food stalls.
I don’t claim to be an expert, however after a bit of asking around and research… this is what I ate over a few weeks!
First up, I had a classic Malaysian breakfast – kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and teh tarik.
Kaya is a sweet coconut egg jam that is spread on toast.
The soft-boiled egg, as I discovered, is quite a favourite amongst Malaysians. When I asked people about it, most of them come over with this starry, distant look in their eyes and they tell me that it was their favourite as a kid.
Teh Tarik is a strong, sweet tea (a mixture of black tea and sweetened condensed milk) that has been poured in a special way as to mix and froth the drink.
I was also keen to try roti canai, another popular Malaysia breakfast, but there’s only so much I can eat in one sitting.
This is Nasi Lemak, a fragrant coconut milk rice served with chilli anchovy sambal. I was told by some, that this is the “National Dish of Malaysia”.
In this serve, I also ordered it with fried chicken, which is not very typical, but they were really tasty!
I was recommended this place by several people, and am more than happy to share the address. They also do a very yummy Chicken Feet Dry Noodles.
The Rice Noodle House
4/114 Barbican St
(08) 9259 5532
Penang Assam Laksa is a noodle dish with a hot, spicy and sour soup. There is seafood, mint, pineapple, fish broth and other goodies all mixed together. It is an explosion of flavours and I really love it!
I actually took this picture a few months ago, and I’m using it now, because the more recent time I went to eat this, I forgot to take my camera. Some blogger I am!
I totally recommend the place:
Espresso Seven Seas Cafe
Shop 7/3 Kearns Crescent
Fish Head Noodle Soup
I was told by several friends that I just *had* to try this dish – deep fried fish heads (and wings), eaten with a bowl of rice noodles and soup…. and it was indeed very good.
My friend brought me to this very popular shop, which was quite famous, just because of this dish.
It was nestled in the quite suburban streets, and it was FULL of people. There were probably 10 tables crammed together, with 4 people on each table, and every single person was eating this dish. There were fish head bones all over the tables, people were talking loudly, it was a great atmosphere!
Bateman Chinese Malaysian Restaurant
6/22 Parry Avenue
Bateman WA 6150
(08) 9332 0838
Char kway teow is a fried flat noodle dish, cooked in a dark soy sauce, chili, various seafoods and meats, and bean sprouts. There are lots of variations.
When I worked in Singapore, I ate this dish twice a week. But where I ate it, there were bits of lard (yes crispy, solid bits of pig fat!) and cockles and definitely no green stuff in it! This particular serve was rather “healthy”.
Spencer Village Food Court
200 Spencer Rd,
Thornlie, WA, 6108
It was very interesting that almost all the “recommended” hawker food places were south of the river!
There were a lot of other dishes that I wanted to try. And a lot of very popular Malaysian eateries that I wanted to go to… but I ran out of time.
So these are some other places in Perth that were recommended to me.
17/68 Roe St
(08) 9328 9668
59 Albany Hwy
Victoria Park, 6100
(08) 9361 1881
Rasa Nyonya Penang Restaraunt
Shop 6&7 1019 Albany Highway
East Victoria Park, 6102
(08) 9470 3847
Bull Creek Hawker
118 Parry Ave
Bull Creek, 6149
(08) 9312 3888
113 Collins Rd Shop 51
(08) 9354 4888
For my next post, I’ll be eating at a more “upmarket” dining establishment of Malaysian cuisine!