Have a big appetite and a small budget? Head to Sambal Kampung for simple Malaysian and Chinese style food at a great price.
Sambal Kampung has seven branches: five in the CBD – 369 Little Collins, Tivoli Arcade, and two on Elizabeth Street (441 and 500) offering halal dishes; one in Maribyrnong, and one in Geelong.
We ate at the Elizabeth Street branch, located conveniently on the corner of Elizabeth and Therry Street, opposite the Queen Victoria Market tram stop.
This no-frills cafe style restaurant offers an extensive menu with typical Malay Chinese selections. Appetisers of fried and satay favourites such as curry puffs and Lobak; soups for under $7 with two vegetarian options (lacking in the remaining menu) as well as chef recommended pork stomach with pepper; 15 different stir-fried noodle combinations from Mee Goreng to Fried Kuey Teow; a long list of single-serve noodle soups and rice dishes for under $12; larger dishes to share; and desserts to end on a sweet note. You will need 10 minutes to peruse the menu!
Vegetarian noodles @ Sambal Kampung #BED
Besides the seaweed or preserved vegetable and tofu soups, there are only two options for vegetarian diners – stir-fry noodles or rice – a variety of vegetables including canned button mushrooms and corn, slivers of capsicum and carrot, bean sprouts, sliced tofu, and Chinese leafy greens tossed in rice or your choice of noodles, and copious soy sauce. A generous serving, enough for two.
My two dining companion both selected a traditional Mayalsian Nasi Lemak with coconut rice, boiled egg, roasted peanuts, anchovies, sambal chillies, and beef rendang curry. This looked and smelled wonderful.
With seven locations in Melbourne, Sambal Kampung is surely a popular destination. Best suited for people wanting quick service and a cheap meal.