Hot, spicy, stir-fried; Malaysian food has got it going on! From buttery, fluffy roti, to iconic dishes like Nasi Lemak and Laksa, if any cuisine was going to knock your fave Thai takeout off the top spot, this might just be it.
In the mood for some mouth-watering Malay cuisine tonight? Here’s our picks of the best Malaysian food in Brisbane.
The menu at PappaRich is a who’s who of traditional Malay dishes. Tucked away in the Wintergarden, there’s so much good food, choosing what to eat is a big ask. The laksa, the Hainanese chicken rice, the kaya toast, the roti canai, these classic dishes speak for themselves. Wash it all down with a tall glass of frothy teh tarik and prepare for an unavoidable food coma.
Ipoh Laksa is the king of the North(side) in terms of Malaysian food—the drive is totally worth the food (for their laksa alone)! They have a host of typical Malaysian dishes with some rotating specials that will keep your wallets continually empty.
Satay Ria still delivers the goods with a killer menu. Roll up your sleeves and tuck in to a serving of chilli mud crab or a whole assam fish. They have oodles of noodles as well and serve up an amazing mee goreng and hokkien noodles.
It’s in the name, and Roti Place’s roti canai is what they’re known for. They also do a great range of spanner crabs with their Malaysian Kam Heong crab easily one of the best Asian crab dishes in Brisbane. Hands down.
Jun Japanese-Malaysian Cuisine
Japanese-Malaysian? You heard right! Grab Jun Japanese-Malaysian Cuisine’s spicy sambal prawns or an ipoh ho fan for the ultimate foodie fusion. When they have it on their specials menu, their Hainanese chicken rice is a must-try.
Taste of Penang
Taste of Penang is a rarity in Brisbane; they sell kuih which are traditional Malaysian-Chinese dessert cakes which come in various, highly delicious forms. If sweet treats are your thing, try the pancakes filled with sweet dessicated coconut in a dark palm sugar syrup. WOW.
A hidden gem of a Malaysian restaurant in Sunnybank, Ya Hoo is a little shop front, upstairs in the famous Little Taipei food court. Grab a kuey teow or two and a wat tan hor (flat noodles in thick, yummy gravy). Ya Hoo is a heavyweight amongst heavyweights.
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