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Where Can You Find Malaysian and Singaporean Street Food in Adelaide?

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published March 13th 2015
What is Malaysian and Singaporean street food? To me, it is ready-to-eat food sold in a market, hawker centre or food court in Malaysia and Singapore. They are fast food and cost less than restaurant food. The variety of street food is vast but only the common ones are available in Adelaide's food courts, cafes and restaurants.

Char Kway Teow (stir fried rice noodles), Chicken Rice, Roast Pork Rice, BBQ Pork Rice, Laksa (coconut-based curry noodle soup), Nasi Lemak (coconut milk rice) and Roti Prata/Canai (Asian Pancake) are street food that are offered at most of the Malaysian/Singaporean eating places in Adelaide.

At Rundle Mall, you could find Malaysian and Singaporean street food at NanYang Cafe at Renaissance Arcade, Warong at Rundle Place and Singma Delights at Renaissance Food Court. NanYang Cafe has the best Char Kway Teow in Adelaide and Singma Delights serves uncommon dishes like Rochor Mee (Singapore Fried Prawn Noodle) and Lor Mee (noodles in tasty starchy gravy).

NanYang Cafe, Char Kway Teow, Adelaide
NanYang Cafe's Char Kway Teow


Singma Delights, Rochor Mee, Adelaide
Singma Delights' Rochor Mee


Within walking distance of Rundle Mall are Penang Restaurant at Gilbert Place and Mamak Corner at Bank Street. Dishes sold at Penang Restaurant includes Penang Laksa (noodles in spicy fish broth), a unique Penang dish and Bak Kut Teh (pork ribs in herbal soup); while Mamak Corner specialises in Roti Canai and Nasi Lemak.

Mamak Corner, Roti Canai, Adelaide
Mamak Corner's Roti Canai


Mamak Corner, Nasi Lemak, Adelaide
Mamak Corner's Nasi Lemak


In Adelaide's Chinatown, you can dine on Malaysian and Singaporean street foods at Market Plaza Food Court in Central Market, Kopi Tim Restaurant at Gouger Street and House of Pearl Restaurant at Field Street. My family goes to Kopi Tim for their Claypot Chicken Rice and Lao Shu Fen; and House of Pearl for their Roti Canai.

Kopi Tim, Claypot Chicken Rice, Adelaide
Kopi Tim's Claypot Chicken Rice


Just outside the city in Norwood is an eating place that has the most authentic Singapore BBQ Pork Rice that my family has tasted so far. Chicken Rice Restaurant on The Parade is located across the road from Hoyts Norwood and is a convenient place to catch a bite before or after a movie.

Chicken Rice Restaurant, BBQ Pork Rice, Adelaide
Chicken Rice's BBQ Pork Rice


I'm sure there are other places offering Malaysian and Singaporean street foods that my family has yet to discover. Do share with us your discoveries because we are never tired of eating street foods.
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We love Chef Lai's Teh Tariks and Nasi Lemak at the Central Markets. Highly recommend it!
by Laura Turner (score: 2|476) 921 days ago
Kopi Tim's Hainanese Chicken Rice and Kardasan Fried Chicken are also good.
by samfi (score: 0|2) 917 days ago
Try Walkerville Chinese as the have a Malaysian Chief and Malaysian dishes on the menu....I eat there a bit!
by adria (score: 0|4) 918 days ago
I eat the chicken rice @ Chinatown Cafe (in China town/market) and like it so much i don't even bother eating chicken rice when i go back to Singapore as it's never as good.
by ubiqu (score: 0|7) 895 days ago

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