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Nasi Lemak Corner, 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.

Visit Date – October 2018

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Ria Malay Kitchen, Leederville

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

Ria Malay kitchen has been in Leederville for many years now, and has expanded over the years into a very well patronised joint on the main Leederville strip.
Once seated we chose the pork nibbles to start. Lovely mini ribs in a gooey sweet and sour sauce – they were moreish and we ate them hungrily. It would have been good to have some finger bowls or wet wipes for afterwards.

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For mains we chose the lemongrass fish with prawns, with cashews and beans. This was a lovely dish, not too spicy, with a smooth coconut milk based sauce.

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We also chose the Nyonya chicken curry, which was rich and delicious, well spiced and tasted beautiful. There were only four pieces of chicken though, which was a bit mean for a $27.50 dish.

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We also had mixed vegetables in sambal sauce, which for me was the star of the meal and the most authentic dish. A great selection of vegetables.

The meal was nice, but not as stunning as I remember from previous visits. I also found that the wait staff ignored us after the initial seating/ordering – they topped up the water of our neighbouring table but ignored us. Maybe it’s because we weren’t drinking alcohol – this often seems to happen in restaurants when we are not spending on drink.

Last Visit Date – May 2019

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This is my previous review of Ria from January 2018:

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.

Tea Woks, Perth CBD

Tea Woks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tea Woks is another little casual cafe on Hay, and this one sells Malaysian food. They also serve great value bubble tea. The menu has a tempting list of Malay favourites, noodles, chicken wings, bak kut teh etc.
On this occasion I chose Hainanese chicken rice. The chicken was lovely – melt in the mouth, and had been cooked really well, The rice had the wonderful chicken flavour, and the chilli sauce was a great accompaniment. The soup was a little weak though and could have been better.

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This is definitely a popular cafe, especially with workers and locals. I’ll be back to try the noodles!

Here are some pictures from my second visit. I had combination rice which was yummy.

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Here’s a picture from my third visit – hokkien mee – great flavour, lovely noodles, prawns and chicken.

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Fried kway teow:

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Fried kampua:

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Last Visit Date – November 2019

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Satay on Charcoal, South Perth

Satay on Charcoal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Satay on Charcoal is small, and not the easiest restaurant to find, but when you find it, it’s a real treasure because the food is authentic and delicious. It’s on Mends Street but behind the South Shore mall and behind the Windsor Hotel, in the car park, nestled in between the pub and mall next to a pizza joint. We walked past twice before we finally located the cafe.

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The seating is all outside but under a canopy, so you won’t get wet if it rains, and it’s very much cheap and cheerful cafe style where you go up and order when you know what you want.
The menu was full of Malaysian favourites and it was really hard to choose because everything sounded lovely, but we went for curry puffs to start and the house special nasi goreng ‘soc’.

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The curry puffs were good, thick pastry and a chunky potato filling.
For main I chose the special with chicken rendang. This was accompanied by fried egg, prawn crackers, and chicken satay, The curry was delicious, on the bone, and nicely rich. The satays were out of this world delicious and when I go back, I’ll be having a plate of satays to start!

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My partner chose the version with beef rendang, and this was equally amazing, the rendang beautifully cooked to that fall apart melt in the mouth texture.

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So will I go back to Satay on Charcoal? Absolutely yes. It’s not the place to wear your finest clothes, but it’s one of the best outlets for Malaysian food in Perth, and the staff are really friendly. They are also open for lunch. Definitely a place where you leave with a smile and a happy tummy.

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Visit Date – March 2019

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Sedap Place, East Victoria 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.

Visit Date – November 2017

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Kitchen Inn Express, Karawara

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Kitchen Inn Express is a favourite with the Asian community in Karawara. Situated in Waterford Forum, this cafe serves up the kind of Malaysian fare that you would find in Borneo. It’s one of the few places in Perth where you can find good Loh Bak, so obviously we started with a plate.

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Crispy, tasty, meaty and with a delicious chilli sauce this was a lovely starter.
I chose fried kway teow as my main, which was full of flavour, had three large juicy prawns and lots of sliced fish cake. It definitely satisfied my hunger.

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There was also a pot of rocket hot chilli oil to add some spice.

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My partner chose the chicken rendang rice which came with a fried egg – again very tasty with a nice rich sauce.

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We’ve been here several times and will definitely go back again when we’re south of the river. It’s casual, cheap and cheerful, and the seating is looking a little tired now, so the restaurant could do with a makeover, however the staff are lovely and it’s a real gem in Karawara.

Last Visit Date – April 2019

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Papparich, Joondalup

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

When Papparich arrived in Australia, I was quite pleased to see somewhere serving Malaysian delights, and a good place to get a Nasi Lemak fix.
In recent times I have also found some limited vegetarian options, and the vegetarian ‘mutton’ nasi lemak is definitely a good substitute. If you are vegan you have to ask them to omit the egg.

Papparich also serve noodles, kway teow, roti canai, laksa, the menu is quite extensive – complete with an array of authentic drinks. You complete your own order form, press the doorbell on the table, and a waitress arrives to process the order.

This is the chicken curry nasi lemak:
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This is the beef rendang nasi lemak:
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This is the satay:
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This is the vegetarian ‘mutton’ nasi lemak:
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This is the vegetarian laksa:

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Generally this is a good restaurant, but it can be quite variable depending on when you go. Portion sizes can vary considerably, and the quality of the beef rendang ranges from perfectly melting to a bit chewy.

Drinks include various fruity options plus teh tarik, kopi o, jelly drinks and soy options.

Definitely worth a visit.

Last Visit Date – May 2020

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Mamak, Sydney, NSW

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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.
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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

Visit Date – April 2014

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Malaysian Hawker, Cambridge Forum, Wembley

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

Following on from the Wembley Dim Sum 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.

Visit Date – February 2018

Wang’s Asian Cuisine, St James

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

Wang’s 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 local asian clientele, but my favourites are char kway teow and nasi lemak. 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Visit Date – January 2013

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