If one is looking for a casual yet authentic Malaysian style meal, then Petaling Street is the place to go. Petaling Street specialises in Malaysian Hawker food. 'Hawker food' describes cheap local dishes from food stalls on the Malaysian streets. Also, the name 'Petaling Street' derives from a lane in Kuala Lumpur famous for its hawker stalls and cheap shopping.
Petaling Street has three stores in Melbourne - Box Hill, Glen Waverly and Hawthorn. Although I have only been to the Box Hill store, I can assume experiences are similar.
My most recent experience of Petaling Street was from last week, where my boyfriend and I wanted a nice and simple dinner from Box Hill. Petaling Street was a new favourite of ours, and even for the early dinner time of 6 o'clock the restaurant had quite a few customers already.
We were shown a spacious 4-person table and were quickly served some warm tea. We chose an entrée of 'Malaysian Hawker Type Deep Fried Bean Curd' and a main of 'Hokkien Mee'. The menu described 'Hokkien Mee' as a 'Famous K.L fried egg noodles with seafood, chicken and vegetables in dark soy sauce,' and from our dish we surmised that the seafood included a few large prawns, some tender calamari pieces, slices of fish cake and a few pieces of fish.
Famous K.L fried egg noodles with seafood, chicken and vegetables in dark soy sauce
Our main arrived before our entrée which was unusual, however the deep fried bean curd was definitely worth the wait. As shown in the picture, there is a tasty sauce for you to dip the bean curd in, and this sauce is deliciously thick and sweet. There is also some Tabasco on the side, for people to mix in if they choose to, however, personally I found it too spicy. The eight small pieces of fried tofu propped up by sliced and chopped cucumber and bean sprouts is a nice size to share between two.
The Hokkien Mee was quite a large dish and the soy sauce flavour was delicious. On previous occasions at Petaling Street, I have had other entrées and noodle dishes, and they too have been delectable meals with consistent service. Also, for those that enjoy Asian Curry and want to try it, be warned that the curry is insanely hot and spicy with intense flavour.
The quality of service was high; the waiters kept our glasses filled with tea and our table was cleared within a reasonable time.
However, a particular downside to Petaling Street is the limited desserts it offers, only have two different dishes - an ice kachang (a heap of shaved ice with flavouring syrup) and a banana/pineapple fritter with ice-cream (the banana fritter has not been available the past few times that I have visited Petaling Street). A modest drinks menu makes up for this, and if one really is craving Asian desserts then the Monga Dessert Lounge is just next door and upstairs.
Petaling Street is an all-round decent place for a casual meal with friends and family, and with most noodle and rice dishes around $10 and main dishes around $20, you definitely get food for value.