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Published November 14th 2014
Best Char Kway Teow in Adelaide
NanYang Cafe serves the most authentic Malaysian hawker food in Adelaide and is located right in the heart of the city, at Renaissance Arcade in Rundle Mall. Their Char Kway Teow is the best in Adelaide. Char Kway Teow is rice noodles that are stir-fried with dark soya sauce, belachan chilli, prawns, chinese sausage, fish cake, egg and bean sprouts. You can order this dish at different degree of spiciness. Medium is the maximum level you should go for because it is 'hot enough' even for my dad, who has a very high tolerance level for chilli heat. A good Char Kway Teow must be served piping hot, has excellent belachan chilli and crispy fried lard pieces garnishing. NanYang's Char Kway Teow ticked all the boxes.

NanYang Cafe, Adelaide
Char Kway Teow


Lor Bak is my dad's favourite dish. He likes it so much that we have to order two portions nowadays. The Lor Bak served here consists of deep fried parcels of bean curd skin that is wrapped around pieces of meat seasoned with five spice powder. The bean curd skin is crispy which contrasted nicely with the meat filling. Served with the dish is a slightly sweet sauce that complemented the Lor Bak perfectly.



My favourite dish is Crispy Roast Pork Rice. It consists of slices of crispy roast pork that is served with a generous portion of rice that is topped with a soy sauced based sauce. I found the roast pork used in the dish to be one of my favourites, with crispy crackling that is not too tough contrasting wonderfully with the perfectly cooked meat. The dish also comes with a serving of chilli sauce to dip the pork in if you want to give a little bit of zing.

NanYang Cafe, Adelaide
Crispy Roast Pork Rice


There is always a queue at NanYang during peak lunch and dinner hours. For lunch, the queue for places starts to build up after 12noon. However, they have a good system in place now. A cafe staff member is in charge of seat allocation and will let you know your table number. You can reduce your waiting time if you are not part of a big group and do not mind sharing a table with other customers. Prices are pretty reasonable at around $10 per dish.

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When: Monday – Thursday 10:00am-4:30pm, Friday 10:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm
Phone: 61 432 120 800
Where: 136 Rundle Mall, Shop 26 Renaissance Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Cost: About $10 per dish
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Definitely the best Char Kway Teow due to the 'charred' flavor! Nanyang always a favorite for us Malaysians :)
by eric2 (score: 0|2) 1607 days ago
Oh nice, one to add to the lunch menu at work!
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 1573 days ago
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