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Chef Lai Noodle Cafe @ Adelaide Central Market

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Published September 17th 2014
Chef Lai Noodle Cafe is a small wonder tucked away down a lane and set across from Thuan Phat supermarket along California St (North). Don't blink or you'll miss it! It's on the left just before you enter the markets.

Chef Lai Noodle Cafe Adelaide Central Markets California St
The entrance to Chef Lai Noodle Cafe - 3 California St North


The place was bustling on our arrival on a Saturday lunchtime visit. Technically there weren't any tables left but a waiter prepared one within seconds - we were impressed!

Chef Lai Noodle Cafe Adelaide Central Markets Inside
Inside Chef Lai Noodle Cafe


Service was quick, efficient and friendly. Our meals were brought out piping hot within minutes.

First up were the shallot cakes which were full of flavour with just the right amount of onion. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, these were cooked to perfection.

Chef Lai Noodle Cafe Adelaide Central Markets Shallot Cake
Shallot Cakes at Chef Lai's Noodle Cafe


For the main dish, we shared a plate of Mee Goreng. Having been forewarned by a friend we asked for the chilli to be scaled back - this worked out nicely as there was still a good amount of heat through the dish. The flavours were intense, and maybe a little overbearing - good in small doses, so we were glad to be sharing.

Chef Lai Noodle Cafe Adelaide Central Markets Mee Goreng
Mee Goreng from Chef Lais Noodle Cafe


This meal would not be complete and truly Malaysian if we did not wash it down with a good-sized mug of Teh Tarik. One of the better tasting varieties available in Adelaide, this was very close to the Teh Tarik we had back in Kuala Lumpur. They were served at just the right temperature with a good amount of froth.

Chef Lai Noodle Cafe Adelaide Central Markets Teh Tarik
Teh Tarik from Chef Lais Noodle Cafe


All mains are well priced, ranging from $9-12 with generous serving sizes. Other menu favourites of ours include Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak (both the fried chicken and chicken curry options) and the Malaysian Spicy Nasi Goreng.

Chef Lai Noodle Cafe Adelaide Central Markets Menu Board
Chef Lai Noodle Cafe Menu


Overall, a cheap and tasty meal for your Saturday market visit, served quick by friendly staff.

Chef Lai Noodle Cafe is open for lunch and dinner, for both dine-in and takeaway.

Vegetarian options are available.

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Why? Authentic Malaysian cuisine at a great price
When: Trading Hours: Monday: 11am - 6pm Tuesday: 11am - 6pm Wednesday: 11am - 6pm Thursday: 11am - 6pm Friday: 11am - 9pm Saturday: 11am - 6pm Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Phone: (08) 8212 0076
Where: 3 California St North, Adelaide 5000
Cost: $9-$12
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