How was it?
Roti with Beef Rendang
On a cold evening, DCM and I found ourselves lurking around Kirribilli and we sought refuge in Malaya House. I don't often venture to this area, so I wasn't very familiar with any of the restaurants, but I spotted Malaya House and remembered that I had dined there a few years ago before a concert at Luna Park, so we decided to try it again.
I really wanted to try the roti and the beef rendang, and then I saw on the menu that they served them together, so I thought - excellent! I was surprised to see that the beef rendang was sitting on top of the roti. The roti was flakey and fluffy around the edges and definitely not bad, but it was a bit too soggy in the middle. Unfortunately, the beef rendang was quite dry, there definitely needed to be more sauce, although I thought the flavours were really nice. I guess I do have high expectations for roti, now that I've experienced the wonderful world of Mamak!
DCM loves ordering tom yum soup, but I'm not particularly fond of it. I thought that this one was pretty average, DCM quite enjoyed it though.
I love eggplant, so when I saw the sambal terang on the menu, I knew that we had to try it. It is eggplant stir fried in a homemade chilli sauce. I told the waitress, who was super lovely, to make it mild, as I can't handle too much chilli, and I think it ended up being too mild! Oops. It would've definitely tasted better with the full on chilli, I think. But the chunky eggplant pieces and sambal sauce were still quite tasty, and even better the following day!
All the serving sizes were quite generous. We decided to order the char kway teow, as this is how I determine whether a Malaysian/Chinese restaurant is great or not. Just like ordering pad thai in Thai restaurants, in my opinion! Anyway, the char kway teow really lacked flavour. I thought that the noodles weren't cooked for long enough so they didn't soak in a lot of the wok flavour. So, I would say that based on their char kway teow, they are OK but not great.
A reasonably priced little restaurant in Kirribilli. The service is quite friendly, although a bit slow. They serve a mix of different Asian cuisines, which can be a little bit off putting, I'd prefer if they just chose to specialise in one cuisine and do it really well, rather than make food from all over the place, that is a bit hit and miss. But I must say, you definitely won't leave hungry!
45a Broughton St,
Kirribilli NSW 2061
Tel: (02) 9954 3069
Open 7 days