Location: Food court. Macquarie Centre
Price: Cheap $9.80
Service: Pass (takewaway)
Waffle with green tea ice cream
Good curry, a bit salty on this eating. Didn't seem to have any sambal.
Disadvantaged because we ate this take away and left it sitting there for 30 minutes but still good.
Waffle was good, much better than the HK place upstairs.
Milo dinosaur didn't have enough milo
Location: Cinema level. Macquaire Centre
Price: Cheap but not too cheap
Service: slow but pass
Roti Pisang (banana roti)
Did have sambal but that's pretty much where the benefits of this Nasi Lemak ended. Pretty but didn't have that much flavour.
Roti Pisang was decent, not as good as Mamak Village.
Teh Tarik was a bit weak
Location: Food court level, Chatswood Chase Phone: 9413 2228
Price: Cheap/Cheap but not too cheap ($20ish per person)
Service: asleep but pass
Ngoh Hiang Roll
Kreta Ayer Spicy squid
Stir fried garlic shoot with belacan chilli paste
Deep fried home made tofu with prawn mince
Black sesame ice cream
Decent Malaysian food, some dishes e.g. tofu, garlic shoots, chicken, desserts were better than others.
Overall would try it again. Probably try some of the standards to see what the level is like.
Location: Chatswood RSL
Ipoh hor fan
Decent and cheap. Better than a number of other Malaysian places at the moment but still not as good as Malaysia.
Ipoh hor fan wasn't awesome, pawns were a bit gross. We thought "you know it's called Ipoh Town, what else would one order?".
Roti was good, not quite the same as Malaysia (a bit thick) but passable and good curry.
Cendol good. Always handy to know where a decent cendol is (althogh the cendol itself was a bit frozen).
Location: Shop G.02, 345B-353 Sussex Street, Sydney
Phone: n.a at time of publishing
Service: Fail, did not put drink orders through, food took a long time to come out. Still has teething issues.
We felt that the dishes at Hawker lacked impact and intensity i.e. watered down and at times, not what we’d expected of the dish ordered. The rojak didn’t have a shrimp taste to it, sting ray chilli had more Thai influences (it was tasty otherwise), hokkien mee and oyster omelette were borderline tasteless. The char kway teow and popiah were good, probably one of the better places in Sydney, and all of the chilli sauces were great. Fried durian and banana (not pictured) were nothing special (generic batter) and the apam balik was dry.
The overall theme of the meal was to “try it with the chilli”, it really needed the kick.
Location: 1 Jalan Alor Kuala Lumpur (near Bukit Bintang) Phone: +60 3-2144 2463 (Don't bother, it's not likely that they'll take reservations)
Ate: Pictured (we don't really know...it was put in front of us and we ate)
We've said it before, we'll say it again. Malaysia has the best food in the world. Looks simple but it's done so well.
Extremely good chicken wings and the lala/cockle things were favourites too. Noodles were both decent and sting ray was sting ray (not massive fans but hey it's like eating fish). Stand out was definitely the wings.
This was a "snack" for 4 people at about 1am. We really weren't that hungry but hey whattayagonnado?
Kaya toast and teh tarik
Aside from the teh tarik were not massively keen on Ipoh on York's food after too many fails but this breakfast is gold.
Grilled toast with brown kaya, not coal fired but a smokey grill and probably the closest thing you'll find to an old school Malaysian kopitiam in Sydney.
Location: 375 Victoria Ave Chatswood Phone: 8068 4402
Service: Pass (it's almost a self service place)
wat tan hor (not bad)
Curry puff (weird but ok)
Yuen tao fu pot (decent)
Fried turnip cake (not very exciting)
It felt high on the msg count so lost a point. Generally fairly decent tasting but lacking the depth of flavour and burnt taste that would make it really Malaysian food.
Curry puff had egg inside which we found weird.
Not terrible and yes better than Mamak or PapaRich (Australia) but Uncle Jim's is better.
Klang Series (we don't know where, this time we do have a bit of an idea of price...something like RM10-15 ($3.50-$5 AU)
Nasi lemak is a breakfast/day time type dish here in Malaysia so this place closes at 5pm.
In Australia the focus of nasi lemak tends to be...well nothing... Ok usually it's the curry or perhaps the ikan bilis (small dried fish) or perhaps the sambal (we have a disappointing nasi lemak experience to post up in our backlog)...
Nasi lemak should be about the rice itself, then how well it works with the sambal, ikan bilis and peanuts. Things like ayam goreng or curry/rendang are more like bonuses.
Our cousin took us here as an "appetiser" about 90 minutes before dinner, she said the nasi lemak here was "so good you cry". She was right. Everything was really good. Flavoursome rice, very crispy ikan bilis, good peanuts, spicy sambal and amazingly crispy but still juicy chicken.
Location: 26 Spit Road Mosman Phone: 02 9969 7729
Price: Cheap but not too cheap (we over ate so maybe it would be "cheap")
Uncle Jim started cooking in Penang and has cooked and consulted all over the world including for Petaling street and Sedap. He's taken over a spot at Spit Junction where numerous Chinese restaurants have struggled to compete with the noodle place next door but we think (and hope) that Uncle Jim and his team are here to stay.
Just opened in March but so far so good.
Generally authentic food on this sitting aside from the apple salad which we think is more Thai (although Penang has a fair bit of Thai).
Lobak - good
Teh tarik - tea is a little on the weak side but still good (we also noticed that it looks like they make coffee the proper Malaysian way too)
Rice cake (Cha Kueh Kak) - good, fluffy rice cakes and a flavour that just says "Malaysia"
Appke salad - a bit Thai but refreshing
Salted egg prawn (off menu) - good. comes with the shell on, just eat it all.
Chicken rice - just ate the rice not the chicken. Rice was authentic tasting.
Assam laksa - pick of today's dishes. Possibly the best we've eaten in Sydney. Possibly the same as Penang. That's a huge call but on this sitting it was very impressive.
Pumpkin jelly, red bean and something? - haven't come across it before but good.
Menu has clever things like soft shell chilli or black pepper crab to give affordable variants of Singaporean/Malaysian favourites.
If Jim and the team keep their standard and throw in the occassional off menu innovation then this small restaurant has potential to be an institution. We hope it is popular enough to generate good business but not overly popular so that standards slip and ridiculous Haymarket Mamak-esque lines form. Malaysians don't like to queue for food.
Location: Somewhere in Kajang off the main road
Price: Expensive for satay by Malaysian standards (RM1 vs RM0.60 in most places) but still cheap
As a Malaysian "where's good satay?" and most will reply "Kajang". A leisurely 2 hour (approx.) drive from KL...
Well worth the drive.
Kajang satay is less sweet than your run of the mill satay but much more fragrant. The lamb and beef satay we expected to be tough (like they usually are) but these were nice and soft too. No wonder our uncle has been coming here since the 1970s (story goes that he caught the bus by himself to visit our great grandparents when he was a kid - we're not sure if that's a true story)
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