Located in the heart of the city, NanYang Cafe is a Malaysian restaurant that is constantly filled up and overflowing with people. Anyone who knows this restaurant will notice that every time he/she walks past, there are sure to be people lining up, anticipating good Malaysian food.
It is not surprising, however, that people would wait in line just for the mouth-watering goodness at NanTang Cafe. I'm Malaysian and would say that this place has the most variety of Malaysian food and has it most authentic.
Some recommendations I believe people should definitely try are the Fried Kueh Teow noodles, Combination Rice (w/ duck, roast pork, and/or chicken), and Laksa noodles. Aside from these, NanYang Cafe holds a high standard to the rest of their dishes on the menu. It is these three that exceptionally stand out for me.
So, next time you're down in the city, in Rundle Mall, and looking for some outstanding Malaysian food, head on down to Nanyang Cafe, in the Renaissance Arcade on Rundle Mall. You will have no regrets.
I agree Denise, this cafe is great and I would eat here any time, and in fact,have around 3 times, already, before I started ending up stopping at Knoodle Junction, around the cnr, on Pulteney, after having previously written off the latter as just a greasy, fried place; it's not. However, Nan Yang or Nan Fang (as I remembered it) has really, really good food and would be one I'd recommend, too. Funny, I lived in SE Asia for many years and the main dish I would have recommended from here, would've been the one you did, too - the combination rice with chicken/duck or the Hainan chicken rice is good too. Great minds think alike! This place is very reasonably priced, has great food, and has that kind of bustling Asian atmosphere, that if you squinted, you could just about be there (Singapore, Malaysia etc...) All of the little restaurants in the Renaissance Arcade (mainly catering to the international students at Adelaide Uni) are little known, hidden gems!
We went today to Nangyang around 7:30pm (they close on Fridays at 8pm). They wouldn't tell us that they had run out of duck and instead they gave us a bowl half with noodles, half with duck SKIN! Not even a single chunk of duck, ONLY DUCK SKIN EVERYWHERE.
When we complained to the waiter, he only said "bad luck, you should have come earlier".