One of the perks of working in the service industry is free food (and booze, but I like to focus more on the food). Last night, we took one of our clients out to The Malaya…. I had pre-booked the Set Menu 2 which was $52 per person. It was scrumptious and fiery hot but did not include dessert! Doh!
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We started off with some drinks… I had these 2 mocktails which were both refreshing and amazingly delicious. The apple mojito had a lovely taste of palm sugar which was intertwined with crushed limes and mint leaves. The Adam & Steve drink acquired a more mature taste, with hints of ginger ale, ginger beer, fresh cut apples and mints.

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): apple mojito mocktail
Apple mojito

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): adam and steve mocktail with crushed limes, apple, mints, ginger ale and ginger beer
Adam and Steve

Soon enough, a plate of miniature salmon rolls and king prawns arrived. They sat on a bed of cute micro green salad (including my favourite shiso aka perilla) leaves. The chilli lime sauce was reminiscent of ordinary sweet chilli sauce and overpowered the what otherwise would have been delicate flavours of salmon sashimi, dill and English spinach, but it was somehow still enjoyable. The prawns on the other hand were served chilled and drowned with delectable creamy flavour.

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): Steamed king prawns, shelled and served with a chilli tartar sauce and micro green salad & Sashimi salmon rolled with dill and English spinach in a thin pastry skin, served with chilli lime dipping sauce
Steamed king prawns, shelled and served with a chilli tartar sauce, sashimi salmon rolls and micro green salad

The remaining starters continued to arrive shortly after. They were all reflective of their traditional Asian roots, using plentiful chilli and pungent spices. There were scallops steamed with fresh ginger, shallots, chilli and soy which were a little bland and BBQ Singaporean satay beef skewers with an amazing hypnotic sauce made from fresh ground peanuts and chilli.

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): Scallops in the shell steamed with fresh ginger, shallots, chilli and soy sauce
Scallops in the shell steamed with fresh ginger, shallots, chilli and soy sauce

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): Singaporean style BBQ beef skewers with satay sauce
Singaporean style BBQ beef skewers with satay sauce

The journey through Asia continued into the main course with flavours from Indonesia, China and Malaysia. My favourite was the Szechuan chicken which was a dry stir-fry with uber hot chillies, shallots and cashew nuts. It was everything I wanted to be… rich and powerful. Ha! The king prawns surprised me as well, I loved that they were battered before being coated with a Penang style curry sauce. The lamb curry must have been every game-eater’s heaven as I only dipped my roti into a bit of the sauce and already, the stench was too strong for my liking. The greens were executed well with a classic oriental toss in chilli, soy and garlic.

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): Kapitan King Prawn, Penang style curry sauce made with fresh chilli and coconut milk served with lightly battered king prawns
Kapitan King Prawn, Penang style curry sauce made with fresh chilli and coconut milk served with lightly battered king prawns

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): Szechuan Chicken, marinated pieces of chicken thigh fillet stir-fried dry style with shallots, cashew nuts and dry chillies
Szechuan Chicken, marinated pieces of chicken thigh fillet stir-fried dry style with shallots, cashew nuts and dry chillies

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): Lamb Bali - Indonesian style red curry lamb cooked with a tomato base
Lamb Bali – Indonesian style red curry lamb cooked with a tomato base

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): roti canai
Roti Canai

The Malaya restaurant, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Set banquet menu 2): Fresh seasonal Asian greens stir-fried with garlic, soy sauce and fresh chilli
Fresh seasonal Asian greens stir-fried with garlic, soy sauce and fresh chilli

After this yummy banquet, we went bowling. There were automated cameras which took pics of us all in awkward poses in mid-action… hehe… lots of fun!
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King Street Wharf, Sydney - Strike Bowling alley


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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • wow that looks like an impressive spread. hmm the scallops looks a tad small

  • Yuummmm the BBQ beef is swimming in the satay sauce…… I love ittt! The lamb also sounds heavenly mmm and with roti ^^!

  • Dessert would have been a good addition. The food was good but didn’t blow my mind I’m pretty picky with asian food though. Great photos Jen!

  • Linda, think i ended up having at least 3 or maybe even 4 scallops… which made up for the small size… lol 🙂
    FFichiban yeh, the satay sticks were really good! definitely not as chilli as they look… lamb… hehe… i don’t eat lamb… i’ve never liked the smell 🙁
    mrtruffle – Thanks for your tips with the speedlite… i’ve got a lot of trial and error to do! hehe..