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Where's the Best Malaysian Restaurant in Adelaide?

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Published March 9th 2022
Malaysian cuisine is one of the more popular cuisines in Australia and Adelaide is home to quite a few Malaysian restaurants. Many of the restaurants tend towards street-food style dishes, quick eats that can be found at markets, hawker centres and food courts in their home country.

One of our favourite places for Malaysian cuisine is the Adelaide branch of Papparich, conveniently located near Chinatown in Adelaide CBD. A dish that we like to order is their Roti Canai, which had a delightful crisp and fluffy texture. The accompanying curries are not too spicy. Chilli sambal is also included for those that desire to add a bit of heat to the dish.

Malaysian Restaurants, Papparich, Roti Canai, Adelaide
Papparich's Roti Canai (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Jom Makan Makan in Felixstow is another popular place to enjoy Malaysian cuisine, attracting a good crowd during the lunch hour. The Ayam Goreng that can be ordered with their Nasi Lemak was juicy with a good amount of spiced flavour. The rice that is a key part of the dish notably had a gingery flavour, compared to the coconut flavour that is usually the norm.

Malaysian Restaurants, Jom Makan Makan, Nasi Lemak, Adelaide
Jom Makan Makan's Nasi Lemak (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While fairly small in size, Lai's Pantry offers a good range of Malaysian cuisine. A dish that we enjoyed was Yong Tau Foo, consisting of tofu, eggplant and noodles cooked in a broth that subtly enhanced their flavour. It also had the nice touch of the inclusion of stuffed chilli and okra.

Malaysian Restaurants, Lai's Pantry, Yong Tau Foo, Adelaide
Lai's Pantry Yong Tau Foo (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Opened not too long ago, Miss Malay's relatively close location to a tram stop makes it easy for those desiring to have a meal there. Their Combination Sarawak Laska had a distinctive spiced flavour. The accompanying ingredients were cooked just right and the vermicelli noodles were cooked al dente to complete the dish.

Malaysian Restaurants, Miss Malay Restaurant, Combination Sarawak Laska, Adelaide
Miss Malay's Combination Sarawak Laska (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For those that desire more restaurant-style dishes, Kopi Tim is a good place to visit. We particularly enjoyed their Nestum Chicken, which gets its distinctive slightly sweet taste from the namesake cereal. A bit of heat was also provided by the addition of chilli and curry leaves.

Malaysian Restaurants, Kopi Tim, Nestum Chicken, Adelaide
Kopi Tim's Nestum Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Another place that offers restaurant-style dishes is Hunt & Soul Eatery, with some of the dishes offered being quite unique. One of the dishes that we liked was the Fish Sambal Salsa, which featured fried fillets of barramundi cooked to perfection, topped with a fiery relish of chilli and tomato.

Malaysian Restaurants, Hut & Soul Eatery, Fish Sambal Salsa, Adelaide
Fish Sambal Salsa (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While more far-off from CBD, compared to some of the other restaurants that we have tried, Truly Malaysian Village is a popular place to enjoy Malaysian cuisine. Their menu changes weekly and they are only open on Saturdays and Sundays. A dish that was offered was the Nasi Kandar, a delectable dish consisting of fried chicken Maryland and sweet black beef served alongside fried turmeric cabbage, a hard-boiled egg, okra and flavoured steamed rice with chilli sambal and pappadums on the side.

Malaysian Restaurants, Truly Malaysian Village, Nasi Kandar, Adelaide
Truly Malaysian Village's Nasi Kandar (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Some of the other places where we have enjoyed Malaysian cuisine are Mamak Corner, Sui Restaurant, Kampung Kitchen, Little Chilli Padi and Warong. We would like to know if there are any other places offering Malaysian cuisine, so we can give them a try.
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A Taste of Spice Takeaway
Shop 4/1064 Old Port Rd, Albert Park SA 5014
Essentially a takeaway shop but has a couple of small tables that can sit half a dozen of people. Run by a Sarawakan couple (Michael & Bee) who used to have a restaurant in Chinatown. Will cook specials if ordered ahead.
Peter Cheung
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