Being big fans of Malaysian food we've been busting to try Malacca Straits Restaurant on Broadway for quite some time. Tonight the chance arises as we organise a feast with our entire readership, Mel.
We can't decide between ordering old favourites or something new, so we tried a little of both. I was drooling over the offering of kankong belecan, water spinach with shrimp paste, one of my all-time favourite veggie dishes, but alas the kankong was out tonight. The boss lady suggested eggplant or okra belecan instead (not on the menu), we went the eggplant. Thumbs up. It had that lovely smokey eggplant flavour without being saturated in oil as a lot of eggplant dishes are. Oh yeah. $11.50.
Beef rendang, always delicious, what can I say? Reminded me a lot of the rendang at The Malaya, only much cheaper. $14.80.
Miss Mel wisely chooses the beef murtabak: "minced marinated beef wrapped in thin parchment roti canai and served with curry sauce".
I'm not normally a murtabak kinda guy, I've been turned off by a couple of oily and stodgey murtabaks I've had in Malaysia while hungover in 33 degree heat. I'm murtabakist. But this murtabak, or "motorbike" in Miss Mel language, can officially be filed under 'F' for Food Porn. I don't know what the opposite of oily and stodgey is, but this is it. It's like a Malaysian pastie. Oh yeah. $10.50.
Assam ikan: fish cooked in a spicy tamarind sauce with fresh tomatoes, okra and onions. Light and saucy with a tom yum kind of tang. $16.80.
Miss Chicken's new motto. Love the art on the walls here.
I'm a sucker for Malaysian deserts, the Kuih Ketayap is too hard to resist: "pandan flavoured crepe filled with toasted coconut and palm sugar and served with a scoop of ice cream."
Miss Mel advises that dessert gives you heart attacks but this is a cause worth dying for. $5.
There's at least a dozen other dishes we are busting to come back and try.
There's another two pages of menu plus wall specials to choose from. You can even bring your own muddy and have them cook Singapore Chilli Crab for you.
Malacca Straits is at Shop 5, 66 Mountain Street. It's in a courtyard area 20 metres off Broadway.
This place is often busy and popular with folks from Malaysia and Singapore. I'm very keen to come back and try my trusty faves of nasi lemak, Hanainese chicken rice. I wish I noticed the sides of roti canai ($3) and sambal ikan bilis (dried anchovies and peanuts in chili paste, tastes much better than it sounds) $3.50.