Tastes of Malaysia, Food Junction Foodcourt, Manukau, Auckland

I love watching food being created in front of me. Especially if there’s twirling involved. The making of roti canai is a fascinating spectacle, and the best place to watch this is at Tastes of Malaysia (Ph: 09 – 570 1702), where each roti is made fresh in front of you.

Food Junction Foodcourt (615 Great South Road, Manukau) is located just off the Te Irirangi exit from the motorway. The stall is at the back of the foodcourt. Continue reading

Sri Pinang, Newton, Auckland

The first thing that strikes you about Sri Pinang (356 Karangahape Road, Ph: 09 358 3886) is the efficient service. Then you meet the host and proprietor, Angie, and you understand why this unassuming place is packed night after night, even after 21 years. Angie’s warm and engaging nature makes her the perfect host and she is truly the heart of Sri Pinang.

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Malaysian Noodles @ Food Alley food hall, CBD, Auckland

As much as we try to jazz it up, Malaysian food is renowned for having glorious fast food (or, as we call it, hawker food). In Malaysia, these are located in large hawker centres, where you get a bewildering number of stalls specialising one particular dish,  the recipe having been honed and perfected over many years. In NZ, we tend to find Malaysian food in food halls, where the proprietors have to re-create a large number of Malaysian dishes across various ethnicities.

Food Alley (9 Albert Street) has been around as far back as I can remember. There used to be a lone Malaysian eatery, Malaysian Noodles, but there is now a second level with a second Malaysian kitchen (Kampung Delights).

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Cinta Malaysian Restaurant, Mt Albert, Auckland

I have driven past Cinta Malaysian Restaurant (454 Dominion Road, Mt Albert, Ph: 09 – 623 2808) many times (it’s on my way to work) but hadn’t found the time to drop by this well-regarded restaurant. Note that Cinta is no longer opened for lunch although the old signage has not been removed. A review request from Malaysia Kitchen was the perfect excuse to book a table for Sunday night.

Cinta’s décor is a nod to the different cultures in Malaysia, – I noted the Dayak Pua Kumbu woven runners and Melanau Terindak cone hats (Sarawak), other weaving and masks, unfortunately I am unfamiliar which regions these effects come from. I was really impressed that they took the effort to introduce other aspects of the Malaysian culture to the diners. Continue reading

Sri Mahkota, East Tamaki, Auckland

The Sri Mahkota restaurant chain (three so far, in Epsom, Grafton and East Tamaki) has seemingly burst onto the Auckland food scene. However, the original Sri Mahkota in East Tamaki (22D Torrens Road, Ph: 09 273 9188), tucked away in a small side street off Torrens Road has been a destination for Malaysian food enthusiasts for many years. With the franchise in place, the tattered, well-thumbed menus have given way to shiny laminated pictorial ones, and the décor has been stepped up a notch.

There is a lunch menu, with 8 rice and 14 noodles dishes; most are priced at a reasonable $12. But you can also order from the dinner menu, and this is where the magic lies. Continue reading

KK Malaysian Cuisine, Epsom, Auckland

KK Malaysian Cuisine has served wonderfully authentic Malaysian cuisine from their tiny hole-in-the-wall location at 463a Manakau Road, Epsom (Ph: 09-630 3555) for many, many years. When Malaysia Kitchen asked me to do a review, I was delighted, but worried about the cramped space. I was thrilled to discover that KK Malaysian Cuisine has spread into the space next door, and spilt out onto the sidewalk (for those warmer days). It’s still very busy, so it pays to book. The service is fast and efficient, – once the order is taken, food starts appearing in less than 10 minutes. How they manage to do this even though the entire restaurant was booked out is a mystery.

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Sri Puteri’s, Panmure, Auckland

Sri Puteri’s is a well-known Malaysian Mamak restaurant located at 59 Queens Street, Panmure (Ph: 09-574 6775). Mamak food is the food of Muslim Indians, and has woven itself into Malaysian community to be considered what is quintessential Malaysian cuisine. Sri Puteri’s also serves Chinese and South Indian favourites.

Lil Bro, Little Z and I came to sample the food as part of the Malaysian Kitchen’s ‘Makan Blog Squad’.

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Banana Leaf, CBD, Auckland

Atrium on Elliot food court is handily located in the middle of the CBD. There are various eateries, including Thai (The Gourmet Thai), Indian (Spice of India), Indonesian (Bali Star), Japanese (Umi Sushi and Umiya Japanese Cuisine), Korean (Bebop), Vietnamese (Vietnamese Delight), Chinese (Master Chef Kitchen, Uncle Jack’s, Wonder Wok) and of course Malaysian.

We visited to try the offerings at Banana Leaf (Ph: 09-309 5308).  Being a stall in a food court, the menu is limited, – there are no starters, Malaysian beverages or desserts. However, they do cover all the usual favourites. Continue reading

May-laysia cooking class with Youges Subramaniam and Peta Mathias

I was very lucky to wrangle a seat at the May-laysia Cooking class at Nosh Mt Eden which was organized as part of the Malaysia Kitchen Programme by MATRADE. And what a fun evening it was, with a fantastic cooking demonstration by the totally charming Mrs Youges Subramaniam of Santhiya’s South Indian and Malaysian Restaurant, Mt Roskill (see my review here) and commentary by the totally effervescent Peta Mathias.

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