My dad, my mum and their friends love food. Having all been born and raised in Singapore or Malaysia, they ALL love to cook and eat the food of their childhood. So I consider them to be my local experts at finding the best value and best tasting Singapore/Malaysian/Malay/Chinese eateries around Perth!
The other day my dad took us to Tan’s Food Court, Canning Vale. It is a fairly new food court; I heard there had been a few bumpy starts in the beginning, but it I now officially open with 8-10 new, exciting food court stalls.
There is a stall that specialises in roast ducks and roast porks, classic Singapore/Malaysian style hawker foods, Indonesian food, Vietnamese food, Thai food, dim sum styled dishes, and Indian and Malay hawker food.
Today we tried out some classic Malaysian dishes from 2 Brown Men Indian and Malay Cuisine. Love the name!
When we arrived, the food court was almost empty. That didn’t deter us, because there was a queue at the 2 Brown Men shop!
That was a good sign.
The prices were pretty awesome for Perth’s hawker food standard.
Mamak stlye food is only available from 12 – 7:30pm. Malay cuisine is only available on weekends. And Roti Pratas are available mornings to 12pm and evenings from 4pm – 7:30pm.
First up we tried the Mee Goreng Chicken ($9). It was amazing!!
The noodles were dry (no puddles of sauce) and absolutely jam packed with flavour. There was a perfect balance of sweet, salty and spicy.
Most mee gorgeng that I have eaten, have a “clean” look about them, as if the noodles were lightly tossed in sauce – like a healthy noodle salad.
But these noodles looked like they have been fried up really well and the noodles have soaked up the sauce, making them super tasty, without being gluggy or sticky. Soooo yummy!
Next up, we ordered Mee Rebus ($8.50).
This was so fresh and flavoursome. You could taste the fresh spices and the balance of sweet and sour in the gravy.
All my aunties and uncles raved about how authentic the flavours were. They said, “See how the sauce is rich, thick and coats all the noodles? That’s how it’s supposed to be. If the sauce is thin, soupy or watery, then it’s not authentic. This has been cooked perfectly!!”
And their eyes would roll back and a content smile would spread across their face… and I knew they were reliving some kind of childhood memory of the “good old days back home when a bowl like this would cost them $1.20”.
This is always a favourite of mine: Roti Prata ($3)
It had lovely texture; it was crispy and flaky, not too doughy or tough, it was easy to tear and good to eat. It could have been a bit more fluffy, but otherwise it was fantastic value!
Lastly we ordered this for my kids, for their “dessert”.
Roti Tissue ($4.50) is similar to roti prata but it is much thinner and cooked to be very crispy, served as a cone, and covered with melted margarine and sweetened condensed milk (or sugar) on top.
It was crunchy, crispy, buttery, sweet, and a bit salty – ah it was delicious and addictive!
It crumbled and shattered as we broke it apart and within a blink of an eye, it was all gone and the kids were screaming for more!
I really enjoyed eating at 2 Brown Men. Next time I’m dying to try the Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam and Mee Soto.
2 Brown Men
Tan’s Food Court
46/48 Catalano Circuit, Canning Vale
(Corner of Bannister Road and Forum Ave)