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Published August 26th 2015
Straight from Malaysia
In organising a friend's birthday party, I started googling one of my favourite cuisines, that being, the Malaysian cuisine. I happened to find a little food court-like gem near Broadway Shopping Centre.
Admittedly, it was somewhat difficult to locate as Google Maps landed me in front of Max Brenner on Mountain Street. However, I later found out that if you walk down Parramatta Rd from Central Station, you might be able to spot an alternate entrance just before Mountain Street.
I had made a reservation for a small group which they had accommodated quite easily. As I later found out, Malacca Straits became a busy and crowded lunch and dinner favourite. I looked at the menu, desperately hungry, and I was burdened with numerous wonderfully delicious choices. There were Hawker favourites which resembled Malaysian street food that we might be able to find at a Malaysian festival for example, fragrant chicken rice and coconut rice with sembal and choices of chicken and beef curry. The roti also sounded very attractive to me as it is one of my favourite entrees.
There was a specialty chicken dish which had a description of "chicken that people would drive hundreds of miles for". As appealing as that sounds, the description sounds quite questionable. The birthday girl got that dish and she remarks that she might have travelled 50 miles for it. So, I guess, the description is half right.
I ended up choosing Nasi Lemak, an iconic street favourite presented in a silver tray.
My other friend chose Singaporean Prawns which I had a little taste of and was delicious. I would definitely recommend that dish. We had also ordered extra jasmine rice to compliment their dishes which did not contain rice.
The sweet and slightly chilli sauce of the Singaporean Prawn dish was delightful.
Another friend of mine opted for lamb curry which came in an adorable tall black cup. He remarked that it was quite flavoursome.
I had picked Malacca Straits for one of many reasons, that being, their dessert menu. So, despite a semi-full stomach, it was inevitable that we were going to keep braving on to desserts. To share, we ordered a shaved ice dessert dish and also, a pandan and coconut crepe complemented by ice-cream.
Above: Shaved Ice Below: Pandan Coconut Crepe with Ice-cream
The size was unexpectedly small but for a relatively good price. All desserts were a mere $5.
Overall, I had a good experience with Malacca Straits with decent customer service and great affordable food.