The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Hawker food @ Malaysian Gourmet, Nedlands (WA, Australia)

One of the things we always try to fit in our busy schedule whenever we return to Perth for a trip, is to eat lots of Malaysian food! One of our favourite spots for Malaysian hawker-style dishes is Malaysian Gourmet located right near the University of WA where both hubby and I graduated from. This eatery has been operating for at least ten years, and is run by the parents of a friend from primary school. Hubby loves the char kuey teow and hor fun (a more saucy dish using the same flat rice noodles as char kuey teow) from Malaysian Gourmet best, even more than the ones we can get from Malaysia! We paid a visit to our old haunt from our university days and enjoyed lunch with my long-time friend from primary school and her hubby!

This is a super-casual eatery, catering mostly to university students and residents in the area. Utensils are self-serve, and while the food is served to the outdoor tables, the proprietors would like customers to return the plates and utensils when they are done. Dishes are under AU$10 (though I do remember a time when we paid only AU$6 for a plate of noodles) and a much more delicious alternative to on-campus food fare. To be honest, the food wasn't the same as we remembered, and we learnt that uncle has delegated the cooking responsibilities to another person. The food was still tasty, but incomparable to the dishes cooked by the master himself.

Char kuey teow - needed a bit more dark soy sauce and wok hei to be perfect:

Hor fun was rather delicious with abundant egg sauce that wasn't too gloopy:

Mi rebus - a good version of one of my childhood favourites. I remember buying a bowl of mi rebus at my primary school in Malaysia for 30 cents (equivalent to about AU$0.10):

Chicken rice - average as far as chicken rice goes. This one is favoured by many, and a good option for kids and relatively fussy eaters:

We had a good chow and catch up with familiar food and old friends.

Malaysian Gourmet
Shop 4A
Broadway Fair Shopping Centre
88 Broadway
Nedlands, WA 6009
Tel. +61 8 9386 9511

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