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Nasi Lemak Korner, Como

Nasi Lemak Korner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I managed to get past my annoyance that they spelled corner with a ‘k’ (pet hate of mine), and decided to book a table. It’s in a busy little area of Como with shops and a cinema close by. There are high and low tables, and it’s a BYO establishment.

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The menu is full of tempting Malaysian favourites, and we chose fairly traditional dishes. We started with a chicken satay (3 sticks per serve). This was nice, good satay with juicy chicken, but I have had a lot of satay before and it wasn’t the best or tastiest version I have ever tried. It was a good start to the meal though.

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We also chose some drinks – the sour cherry and lime drink. This was more sweet than sour and full of ‘ais’ which was quite nice as it melted into the flavours.

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I chose good old nasi lemak for my main with the chicken sambal. The waitress warned me that it would be hot and spicy, but I decide to go with it anyway. It was hot, but also quite sweet. The chicken had been cooked for a while and had lost some of it’s juiciness, but I did eat it all. The dish was accompanied by the traditional, egg, cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, and sambal sauce – flavours and textures which all work well together. If I tried this dish again, I would choose a different protein style – maybe the fried chicken or the beef rendang because the chicken was a too sweet for my tastes.

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My partner chose the beef rendang with rice. This was beautifully cooked and tender, rich and moderately spicy, a very nice version of rendang – this was the best dish on the table. The rice was served with pickles and sambal sauce.

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We also chose some roti breads served with the traditional lentil (dhal) dip. They were nice and a good contrast to the spice, but again, not the most amazing roti I have ever tried.

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When I booked, I was informed that I could have the table for 90 minutes, so it’s not the kind of place that guests linger. The tables are quite small and the seats are not the most comfortable, however, it is a very popular local cafe and definitely hits the mark by giving guests a taste of Malaysia (which is quite scarce in Perth). Our neighbours on the next table chose the murtabak and a lovely looking laksa soup with crispy prawns on top – I definitely had food envy from their choices.

So, will I return ? I’m not sure I’ll rush back here, but if I am in the area, I will definitely pop in to try some of the other offerings.

Click here to find out more about Nasi Lemak Korner

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Malaysian Hawker, Cambridge Forum

Malaysian Hawker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Following on from the last post, we decided to have Malaysian for our main course.

Malaysian Hawker has quite an extensive range of traditional and authentic Malaysian favourites.

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We chose beef rendang, a really thick and delicious coconut curry that cooks for ages so the beef is really tender. This was quite a nice version, but the meat could have been trimmed a bit better. the flavour was amazing but there were a few fatty pieces in there.

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We also chose char kway teow which was as good as any ckt that you would find in Malaysia or Singapore. It had the nice smoky wok burn flavour which I love. I ate some before I took the picture, so this is not representative  of portion size.

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We also ordered Lo Bak, a beautiful pork and prawn dish in a beancurd wrapper which is steamed and then deep fried resulting in a crispy sausage type dish, then sliced into bite sized morsels. This was very good and quite a meaty version, served with sliced crispy tofu and a dipping sauce.

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I really enjoyed my visit to Cambridge Forum and would definitely recommend the stalls that I visited.

Ria Malay Kitchen, Leederville

Ria Malay Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I haven’t been to Ria for quite a few years and I think it is bigger than before. It looks like they have expanded into the shop next door. I love Malaysian food, and thought that it would be nice for my parents to try something different, so we booked a table for four.

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The restaurant is at the heart of the Leederville strip close to the car park and has tables inside and outside. The waitresses were very welcoming and showed us to our table, providing tap water for the group without being prompted. The menu is fairly typical Malaysian, some of the dishes have a bit of a twist to them, but all of the favourite curries are there.

I would have liked to order some veggie sides, and we did end up ordering kailan, but it had crispy pork in it which made the dish quite expensive. It would have been nice to see some sides on the menu that were purely veggie and reasonably priced.

To start we chose chicken satay and ribs.

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The satay was delicious with a really yummy peanut sauce and some very authentic rice cubes. The ribs were nice but not amazing, I think they could have been seasoned a bit better, but they were very tender and well cooked and accompanied by a sweet soy dipping sauce.

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For mains we chose our favourite beef rendang. The beef was really tender and well cooked, but it could have taken a bit more spice and was more bland than the rendangs that I am used to eating in Malaysia and cooking at home.

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We also had fish and prawns with coconut and lemongrass. I couldn’t fault this dish – it was delicious, with perfectly cooked fish, some beans and a lovely mild sauce that hit the right notes of sweet, sour and mildly spicy.

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The kailan was beautiful, cooked with chillies in ketjap manis, it had a real depth of flavour, and included crispy pork, which was nice but not necessary.

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The rice was good, fluffy and well cooked.

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I thought that Ria was a really nice experience and I will revisit this restaurant. There is a good range of beers and wine on the menu and the wait staff are all very friendly and helpful. I am not sure it is as fully authentic as they claim because I think that they hold back on the spice and sweeten some dishes up to suit the Australian palate. That said, it was a very pleasant meal and I left with a nicely full tummy and a smile on my face.

Sedap Place, East Vic Park

Sedap Place Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I wasn’t aware of Sedap Place until it came up on an Entertainment Book email, so I checked out the menu, it sounded good and we decided to give it a go. It’s on the main strip of Albany Highway among many other Asian restaurants. The menu is fairly typical Malaysian with favourites like laksa, nasi lemak, char kway teow, roti canai, and nasi goreng. I chose a lemon ice to drink, and we started with some spring rolls.

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The achar pickle was a nice touch with the spring rolls.

For mains I ordered char kway teow and my companion ordered beef rendang but was told that he could only have the rendang as part of a nasi lemak. When he asked if he could have just the rendang and rice it seemed that the kitchen were unable to manage anything not on the standard menu. We also noticed that there were a lot of items on the menu marked as not available. He also asked for a mango smoothie….not available. Any other smoothie ?…..not available. He ended up having lemonade.

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My char kway teow was nice and had all of the standard authentic features but could have done with some spice. A small pot of chilli oil or sambal would have been a good addition. I have eaten better c.k.t. in Perth.

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The beef rendang was very tender, and the nasi lemak was good, but again could have done with some seasoning.

We probably won’t return to Sedap Place – it is fairly average, and the service is not the best. The nasi lemak arrived about 20 minutes ahead of the char kway teow, and it really shouldn’t be that difficult to coordinate two dishes being cooked together.

Rasa Enak – Greenwood

Rasa Enak Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This is a relatively new cafe style restaurant in the shopping complex on Coolibah Drive, Greenwood, pretty close to the Farmer Jack’s, so there is quite a large car park with plenty of room.

It’s a nice cosy cafe, clean and nicely decorated and although the menu has some pan-asian dishes it is predominantly Malaysian.

We chose our favourite starter – Loh Bak – pork, carrot, water chestnuts and spices wrapped in a bean curd skin and steamed then deep fried. It was crispy, meaty and delicious, nicely seasoned too and served with a sweet chilli dip.

Loh Bak

Loh Bak

For main course we chose to share char kway teow, beef malay curry and rice.

Beef Malay Curry

Beef Malay Curry

Rice

Rice

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow

The char kway teow was delicious – nicely spiced as requested with a medium amount of chilli, chinese sausage, prawns, sliced fish balls – a really nice authentic version. The beef curry was thick and tasty with chunks of roast potato (a nice change to the regular boiled potato), and it had a spicy kick to it. The portions were a generous size and perfect for two to share and good value at $36 all in.

I would love to try a lot of the other dishes on the menu, in particular the fish head curry and the eggplant sambal.

In summary, great service, pleasant surroundings and tasty authentic food – I have a feeling this will be a regular cafe on my agenda.

Mamak – Goulburn Street Sydney

If you are ever in Sydney I highly recommend a visit to Mamak. I noticed it because every night there was a huge queue of people outside, and let’s be honest if a restaurant attracts a queue then it has to be a good one. As you queue up you can watch the chefs making fresh roti, which keeps you entertained while you wait.

Mamak Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

It’s a fairly big restaurant, cafe style, we queued for about 20 minutes before we secured a table. The food didn’t disappoint – it reminded me so much of the food that I have eaten in Malaysia.

We chose four classic dishes. The chicken satay was tender and delicious and as authentic as you will get anywhere.

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

The roti bawang – roti filled with onion, was fresh off the griddle and tasted delicious. It was served with two curry dips and a sambal. We also used it to mop up our main curry dish.

Roti Bawang

Roti Bawang

The nasi goreng – again a classic very well executed – Malaysain special fried rice, good enough to be eaten as a dish on it’s own.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

We also had Kari Ayam – the classic Malay chicken curry with potatoes. Another well-executed, authentic, flavoursome dish.

Kari Ayam

Kari Ayam

I really really like this place and I would happily queue up again for  table. The food is relatively cheap and very tasty – well worth it. I would have liked to try a dessert roti – yes they make rotis with banana or coconut/pandan, but I was too full from the main course. Maybe next time.

Rasa Penang, Clarkson

UPDATE – sadly Rasa Penang is now permanently closed.

Rasa Penang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This little cafe near Clarkson station is a real find. It is so hard to get authentic Malaysian food in the northern suburbs of Perth, and this has easily filled the gap that Sense Lah left behind when it closed.

The menu is 90% traditional Malaysian with a few pan-asian dishes included.

We chose Lor Bak – one of my favourite Malay dishes

Lor Bak

Lor Bak

This was tasty and crispy with nice prawn crackers and sweet chilli sauce.

We also had beef rendang – which was rich and delicious with coconut rice, and an authentic char kway teow.

Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang

Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice

Char kway teow

Char kway teow

This is a lovely little cafe, the owner is really kind, he gave us a sweetie for Chinese New Year. It is a fairly small restaurant, very clean, with pictures of Malaysian street scenes on the wall. It made me pine for Penang and Kuala Lumpur – lovely food memories brought back to me by a short drive to Clarkson. Highly recommended.

Wang’s Asian Cuisine Bentley (St. James)

Wang’s in Bentley used to be called Bentley Chinese Restaurant. In my opinion it is currently the best place in Perth to get cheap, authentic Malaysian food.

Wang's Asian Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

It is cosy and canteen style, but ideal for a good lunch, and has all the malaysian favourites on the menu. Fish head curry laksa seems to be a popular choice with the asian clientele, but my favourites are char kway teow and nasi lemak.

Loh Bak

Loh Bak

There’s nothing like loh bak to start – it’s a deep fried beancurd skin roll filled with minced pork, prawn and water chestnuts with a five spice flavour – very yummy – note that I started eating it before I remembered to take a photo.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

This nasi lemak is very good – all restaurants have their own version on the classic, but this one contains chicken and fish with egg and cucumber, peanuts, anchovies and chilli sambal.

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow

A very good char kway teow, with prawns, chicken and fish slices – the perfect lunch to keep you going.

Curry laksa

Curry laksa

A nice authentic laksa with chicken, fishball and prawn, good mixture of noodles (rice and egg noodles).

Wang’s is a long way to travel for me (45 minutes), but I think it is worth it for the quality and authenticity. I recommend that you try it.

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