I ended up having a free Friday night. I was considering what I could do then the thought popped into my head, Why don’t I go to Spencer village and continue on my task of reviewing every single stall there. For the uninitiated Spencer village is a food hall in thornlie that lays claim to some of the most authentic Singaporean/Malaysian food in Perth. After a short journey I arrived at Spencer village and started to think of where it would be that I would review next. The smell of slow roasted curries led me to a small cafe that is on the outskirts of the Spencer village building, Cafe Rasa Sayang. Read more →
Researching places to eat before you go on a trip can be a bit of a hit or miss affair. From doing research i knew that one of the things that I would have to have on my holiday is a traditional nyonya meal and a place that seems to have good reviews online is a place called cottage spices restaurant. I looked up where it was on google maps in relation to my hotel and it was about a 20 minute walk. I decided to go and try it for lunch on a Tuesday so i set off on foot in the dense southeast Asian heat.
After the 20 minute walk I find the restaurant and it’s closed.
I pondered what my next move should be and I decided to just go for a walk and see if i could find a place to go for lunch. From walking around i found a place serving ‘bak kut teh’ and as i was about to walk into that particular restaurant i spotted something in the corner of my eye. What i spotted was a group of 4 Malay people on scooters that were clearly on their lunch break walking into a nondescript corner stall. I have a theory that if you want to try the true food culture of a place you have to go where the workers go so i decided to cross the street and see what this place was like.
What i noticed when i crossed the street was a restaurant called restoran madinah where absolutely zero tourists were eating and 90% of people eating were wearing uniforms of some description. As soon as i noticed this i knew that i was going to eat well, I was whisked over to the counter by the very friendly staff member as he mentioned that this place specialised in ‘Nasi campur’. Nasi campur roughly translates to ‘mixed rice’ where there is a beau marie filled with delicious dishes and then you have a plate to steamed rice to load up with any number of dishes (a little bit like the self service counters at chinese places in food halls in perth but with stuff that looks a lot tastier).
There were a few different things that i wanted to try from the smorgasbord of different flavours so i picked whatever looked the tastiest and sat down with my plate of deliciousness as the aforementioned friendly waitperson dropped a teh tarik off at my table. The teh tarik was a very refreshing respite from the heat. 8/10
I think i will break down each individual thing that i have tried from here as they all had their own individual flavours, the first thing i tried was the little mixture of red onion, birds eye chillies and fermented shrimp paste. There was also something else, I am not sure what it was but it gave the mix a slightly floral taste. I didn’t like this at all (you can’t see this in the picture but it was kind of behind the chicken).
While i didn’t like the first thing i thought “i might like the second thing” and i did, oh yes i did. The second thing i tried was the beef rendang and it was amazing, this one little cube of beef was the best curry (if you can call it that) that i have ever had in my life. What I didn’t realise from having western beef rendang dishes is that there shouldn’t be any sauce at all and the beef should be tender and packed such intense flavour that you shouldn’t need any sauce. Seriously. Amazing.
The next thing that i tried is the long beans stir fried with eggs. This was something that was simple and very tasty, while eating it i thought to myself that i could probably make this. So when i get home i am going to try making this.
The final thing i had was the ayam goreng or fried chicken, each culture seems to do their fried chicken slightly differently. In the case of malaysian people it is rubbed with a rich tomato and chilli paste before being deep fried without any batter on it. The flavours of this chicken were also really pronounced and while the chicken wasn’t completely juicy the flavours more than overcame this and yet again it was amazing.
In terms of how i should rate this, I think that it easily gets a 10 due to the amazing beef rendang. 10/10
The universe works in strange ways sometimes, If that nyonya place was open i wouldn’t have had a chance to experience this extremely authentic and delicious meal in fantastic company.
Malaysia is known as one of the best countries for tasty food and on my holiday i plan to try and find some of the best foods. When i was planning my trip i booked my hotel then after booking the hotel i knew that the next step would be finding some good lunch spots around the area. The hotel i was staying at was in little India, the thing to do in little India seems to be going to whats known as banana leaf restaurant. Banana leaf meals are fairly common all around Malaysia and you pay a flat rate for unlimited rice and vegetable curries and then you can supplement that with various fish and meat curries. I figured that a big plate of rice and vegetables would be a perfect antidote to the anemic plane food. Read more →
This is a place that I have been wanting to blog about for a long time. I first went here a few years ago when I worked in west Perth and I instantly loved the fact that this place is well hidden and quite a relaxing spot in the middle of a business district.
A few weeks ago I got an email from one of my work colleagues and the email basically said “I have to get out of the office, would you like to have lunch”. I was particularly craving some Malaysian food so I suggested going to noodle inn. Read more →
This is another place that was recommended to me as a place to do a review on. So much like my pizzaca review this is another place that is hidden in a row of shops. Honestly if I wasn’t going with some experts I would have no idea that this place was there. Read more →
This is actually the second time that I have been to this particular place in a week. The first time that I went here was a few days before this time. I found myself in east Perth and didn’t have too long to go before I had to make my way back to work.
I saw this place and having the word cafe in the title I immediately thought that it was a western style cafe so I was prepared to just grab a salad roll. Read more →