If you are looking for cheap Asian eating in Sydney, then Malacca Straits on Broadway is a restaurant you will want to visit, offering you a wide variety of Thai and Malaysian meals.
I’m really starting to love Malaysian food and the Thai-worshipping food lover inside of me is beginning to worry that it has some stiff competition on its hands, especially now that I discovered a fierce rival to Thai fish cakes, which would have to be one of my all time favourite dishes.
At the Malacca Straits we ordered some Otak Otak for entree. A dish I had never heard of but absolutely loved.
It is spiced fish fillet wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in coconut milk. It is similar in texture to a Thai fish cake but has a more creamy coconut curry flavour. It was simply divine and the pick of the entire meal.
We also ordered a serve of our favourite Thai entrees- spring rolls, fish cakes and curry puffs which were delicious. My first bite of the spring roll had me say “Oh these are really authentic, just as you would find on the streets of Thailand.”
I think the food at Malaccaas is known to be authentic thanks to Chef Tan who is the ex-chef of two other very well known Malaysian restaurants, Neptune Palace and the Malaya as well as the former Executive Chef of Malaysian airlines.
For mains we decided to try a new calamari dish, Sambal Sotong. We both love calamari and decided to try it in Sambal, which is a traditional Malaysian spicy sauce.
The calamari was tender and really tasty, although it set off a small flame in our mouths. I do love the kicking cleanse that comes with spicy food, but we had trouble finishing this dish as it was a little too hot and after awhile the strong shrimp paste flavour was a little too much.
The vegetarian curry was filled with delicious vegetables and tofu and was so creamy, just like a curry should be. It reminded me of a thick laksa such that I have come to love. Of course, our curry was eaten with Roti, which we have really come to love and is the perfect compliment to an Asian curry.
Kalyra wanted her usual Mee Goreng noodle dish, which she devoured in an unusual fashion. It was filled with vegetables and prawns, which we had to fight her to get a sampling of. I love how Kalyra relishes in Asian food as there is not much else she will eat.
Our meal at Malacca came in the middle of a very busy Sydney day for us, so it felt wonderful to sit and relax for a little bit and to build up our energy reserves for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Malacca Straits on Broadway
66 Mountain Street
Broadway NSW 2007
(through the Quadrant Building)
ph: (02) 8021-7069
Open for lunch & dinner: Mon to Sat
Our lunch was courtesy of the Malaysian Kitchen Ambassadors programme, but all opinions are of my own.