We’ve talked about laksa, we’ve talked about chicken rice… but there’s a whole world of Malaysian cuisine to discover. Luckily, when it comes to Malaysian food, Perth has no shortage of quality spots to explore. Here are just a few of our favourites:
This low-key eatery is tucked away at the base of an East Perth apartment building – and we’re considering moving in. Tingkat’s Malaysian eats will take you to a new level of flavour, whether you’re diving into eggplant sambal, roast lamb or some out of this world fried chicken… A picture speaks a thousand words!
51 Bennett Street, East Perth
Tak Chee House
Basically an institution at this point, Tak Chee House has become a stalwart of Malaysian food in Perth. Of course, the star of the show if their chicken rice. Serving since 1988, moist, tender chicken is served atop bean sprouts, with fragrant, flavourful rice – and the accompanying chilli sauce takes things from great to amazing. Once you’ve had it, you’ll understand the faithful devotion shown to this place over the years. But that’s not all they have on offer – we’re really quite partial to their legendary roti canai with curry beef.
1/364 William Street, Northbridge
Bull Creek Hawker
There’s something about the hustle and bustle of the unpretentious Bull Creek Hawker that makes it extra special. Join the queue, and enjoy the slightly manic ambience – it’s all part of the experience. Dishing up plenty of favourites, this is a must-visit for any Malaysian food fiends. While we obviously are big fans of laksa, and of chicken rice, we find it hard to resist the rendang… and of course, we’re starting with some of the loh bak.
118 Parry Ave, Bull Creek
We’d practically take a bath in laksa, we love it so much – so it’s no wonder KCH got on our radar shortly after they opened in 2019. KCH takes its name from Sarawak’s capital Kuching, home to a distinctive laksa that is both creamy and tangy. But that’s not where it ends – with plenty of modern takes on Malaysian cuisine, plus weekly specials that will have you frantically spamming the group chat, “Who’s keen for dinner?!”
Unit 41, 10 Angove Street, North Perth
For anyone less familiar with Malaysian cuisine, the cravings might only strike at dinner time – but what a missed opportunity, when breakfast holds so much potential! Enak Kopitiam is here to bring the iconic breakfast trio to Willetton: kopi, toast with kaya and a soft boiled egg. The upgraded boiled egg and soldiers, you won’t be able to go back. Of course, if you’re after something more substantial, they have plenty of other dishes on offer for lunch – including everyone’s favourites, like chicken rice, curry laksa and kuey teow.
Shop 11, 61 Apsley Road, Willetton
If you weren’t already convinced, Lepak Kopitiam will get you over the line. Offering a breakfast menu that covers all the greats – from all the teh and kopi you’ll need to get your day started, to roti with curry sauce, and of course, plenty of roti bakar. Plus, they’ve got an express lunch bar in O’Connor if you’re on the go.
22 Parry Avenue, Bateman
1/15 Bowen St, O’Connor
Situated in one of our favourite food destinations, you’ll find D’Big Mama. Serving up homestyle Malaysian cuisine, if you can resist the homemade bamboo pole noodles (a specialty of theirs), you’ll be well rewarded by their chicken rice – flavoursome broth and rice make it one of the best in Perth.
Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road West, Morley
Pinn’s Palace is serving up the best of both worlds, with a menu comprised of plenty of Chinese-Malaysian goodness. This pumping suburban spot does a cracking dimsum, as well as Malaysian classics like curry laksa, beef rendang, kuay teow, and crowd-pleasing, moreish marmite chicken. Well worth a trip.
Unit 3, 1481 Albany Highway, Beckenham
Cafe Rasa Sayang
Spencer Village must be Perth’s most low-key, high-achieving foodie destination. Only getting the widespread attention it deserves more recently, for years it’s been home to some of the most legit hawker cuisine Perth has to offer. On that front, Cafe Rasa Sayang is right at home, serving up authentic (and delicious) Malaysian-Indian food. The daily menu includes roti, thosai, and murtabak – but during winter you may also be treated to their specialty sup kambing (mutton soup).
Spencer Village Food Court, 200 Spencer Road, Thornlie
We almost wish we were back at uni when we see some of the delicious treats on offer around UWA… but then we remember we can go anytime, and we don’t have to do exams, and we’re pretty relieved. Malaysian Gourmet is just one of the tempting spots you’ll find at Broadway, specialising in Penang-style cuisine. A perfect excuse to play hooky.
Shop 4A, Broadway Fair Shopping Centre, 88 Broadway, Nedlands
Show us a banana leaf, and our tastebuds start tingling. Banana Bros are all about feasting with friends, with huge banana leaf spreads that showcase Malaysian flavours: masala, varuval, plus moreish sides like chicken 65 or sambal tofu. Just make sure to eat it with your hands, and with some teh tarik to wash it all down!
1/955 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Sedap by name, sedap by nature! Malay for delicious, Sedap Place certainly lives up to its name. Dive into some authentic dishes, like grandma’s mamak fried chicken, or the perfect-for-sharing nasi lemak. Full of flavour, we’re on board any day of the week.
876 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Header image: KCH