Ipoh on York
Don’t dive into this subterranean York Street space looking for fancy décor or a quiet lunch. Instead you’ll find a cool Malaysian drink station serving up sweet milky Teh ($3.50) (tea) and Kopi ($3.50) (coffee). It fronts a lively lunch space with excited chatter reverberating off clean white walls.
Malaysia Truly Australasian
Michelle Dick is a fourth generation Aussie with a Chinese-Malay Mum. She can’t speak Mandarin but has learnt the names of her favourite Asian foods by rote. She’s fond of saying she’s just “fluent in Yum Cha”. Her Mum is from Melaka and is a remarkable cook (I’ve eaten her laksa myself). It inspired me to put Michelle’s tastebuds to the test by sending her out to give us the lowdown on four of Sydney’s Malaysian eateries.
The hipster holiday of choice this year is a staycation. Some may proclaim it’s to protect the planet, but I’ll admit I’m just short on cash. To prevent Pacific pining, I’m distracting myself with a hunt for Sydney’s suburban gems, taking on the suburbs based solely on the tips of talkative taxi drivers.
It seems pitiful that in its seventeen year operating history, I haven’t managed to discover this tucked-away Circular Quay gem. Bibbed up, I curse myself with every bite of the magnificent Braised King Crab with Singapore Chilli Sauce (market price $78/kilo); it’s beautifully cooked and the lip-tingling sauce allows the sweet, succulent taste of crab to shine.
Abang Sam Malaysian Family Restaurant
Perhaps the Malay tiger has been tamed a little too far at this cheap, cheerful entry from Samsudin Yunus (Sam Satay). The Eggplant Sambal ($10) failed to raise even a bead of sweat, but the silky wedges of eggplant were pleasurable anyway.