Have you always wanted to travel to the culinary delights of Malaysia but haven’t for one reason or another? Well, now you can because Malaysia has come to Sydney! Following the footsteps of successful events in London and New York, Malaysia Kitchen has finally landed in Australia.

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - laneway behind The State Theatre

Malaysia Kitchen is an initiative from the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation and aims to increase Australia’s awareness of the intricacies of Malaysian cooking and encourage us to experience the diverse taste of Malaysian cuisine in restaurants across the country.
Did you know that there are 48 Malaysian restaurants in Sydney alone?
A hidden laneway behind The State Theatre has been transformed into a contemporary Malaysian hawker market and starting from tomorrow (I got a sneak peek at tonight’s media launch!), Sydneysiders will be able to savour a range of Malaysian street food delicacies. What a fun concept! Worded nicely by MC Chef Wan, we will be able to “explore the untold secrets of Malaysian cuisine”. There will be popular favourites such as roti canai as well as some not so well known dishes like nasi kunyit with Nonya chicken.

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - contemporary interpretation of a Malaysian hawker market

Entry is $10 and includes 3 – 4 assorted dishes which will be prepared by a rotation of restaurants. Participating restaurants include Mamak, Chinta Ria, Sambal, Jackie M, Jimmy’s Recipe, Kuali, Malacca Straits on Broadway and Kaki Lima.
Now prepare to feast your eyes on the spectacular spread that was served at tonight’s VIP launch event. (Note: we were truly spoilt!)

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - starters

We start with canapes of pisces toast by Chinta Ria which is sort of like prawn toast only better; otak otak (grilled banana leaf parcels of fish paste) by Jackie M; chicken satay by Mamak and kueh pie tee (crispy containers of turnip, carrot, fried egg and shrimp) by Sambal.

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - entree

Entree dishes are lobak (Penang deep fried beancurd stuffed with pork) by Chinta Ria; chai tow kway (fried raddish cake) by Jackie M; acar awak (Nyonya spicy pickled vegetables) by Sambal and Mamak’s legendary ayam goreng (fried chicken).

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - roti canai with curry

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - long nasi lemak

Mains are seafood joget (seafood spiced with kaffir lime leaves, turmeric and lemongrass) by Chinta Ria; nasi lemak (coconut rice with anchovies, sambal and more) by Jackie M; roti canai with kari kambing (slow cooked lamb curry) by Mamak and nasi kunyit (turmeric glutinous rice) with Nonya chicken by Sambal.

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - main course

Unfortunately, I don’t think dessert is on the menu once this event opens to the public. So for the sole purpose of droolage, here’s what we had: cendol (shaved ice, coconut milk, green starched noodles with pandan flavouring and palm sugar) by Chinta Ria; bubur cha cha (Nyonya dessert of coconut milk with sweet potatoes, taro and tapioca pearls) by Jackie M; roti tisu (thin and crispy roti that is encrusted with sugar and shaped like a cone) by Mamak and sago pudding with gula melaka (palm sugar) syrup by Sambal.

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - Mamak boys making roti tisu

Malaysia Food Market - Sydney, Australia - dessert

Whether you love Malaysian food or have never tried it before, this event is one worth checking out! And remember it’s only here for three days!

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Malaysia Kitchen Food Market
The State Theatre Laneway, enter via George St opposite QVB
49 Market Street, Sydney NSW
Open: Wednesday 16 Feb, 6-9pm; Thursday 17 Feb & Friday 18 Feb, 12 noon-3pm & 6-9pm

Web: www.malaysiakitchen.my/eng or www.facebook.com/MKInsiders
Cost: Tickets include a Malaysian meal and can be purchased at the door for $10 (cash only). Beverages can be purchased on consumption.
JENIUS attended the Malaysia Kitchen Australia VIP launch event as a guest of Ogilvy 360.

  • Very impressive array of dishes! I hope the weather is good for it in the next three days. I’ve never heard of Jackie M but her dishes look good.

  • This is such a great concept. I must admit, my span of Malaysian cuisine goes as far as Mamak! haha.

  • wow!!! the food, the sights, the colour – everything looks wonderful! What a great idea 🙂

  • wow! everything looks absolutely wonderful…. i could really do with some cendol right now!

  • I wish Malaysian food was easier to access in Canberra 🙁

  • The cendol and roti look fab – they would be my picks if I could.

  • i like how they’ve decorated the laneway to look really festive 🙂

  • Jen

    I was surprised to read that there are actually 20 Malaysian restaurants in ACT! Not all of them solidly focus on Malaysian but it’s better than nothing!
    Abell’s Kopi Tiam – 7 Furneaux Street
    Asian Cafe Dickson – Melbourne Building, 32 West Row
    Asian Noodle House – 34 Northbourne Ave
    Golden Dragon Manuka – 40-42 Franklin Street
    Golden Seas – Shop 1, Cook Place, Cook
    Iron Chef Chinese & Malaysian – Shop U11, 93 Mawson Place, Mawson
    Jimmy’s Place – 13-15 Wooley St, Dickson
    Laksa House – 47 Brierly St
    Mamak Corner – Shop 4, Garran Place, Garran
    Madame Woo, 1/38 Giles St, Kingston
    Master So Kitchen – U122/68 Hardwick Crescent, Holt
    Ming’s Restaurant – 7 Botany Street, Philip
    Oriental Terrace Restaurant – 28 Denigan St, Wannisassa
    Paprika – Unit 2, 6-8 Weedon Close, Belconnen
    Phoenix Garden – 24 Dundas Street, Philip
    Rasa Sayang Restaurant – 43 Woolley Street, Dickson
    Sammy’s Kitchen – North Quarter, Canberra Centre FG09, Bunda Street
    Silk Road – 5 Farr Place, Isaacs
    Timmy’s Kitchen – Furneaux Street, Manuka
    Tip Top Asian Gourmet – 24 Garema Place

  • Jen

    I had way too much of that last night! Sugar overload. The boy was not impressed with my sugar high when I got home, lol

  • Jen

    Yea, I asked if there was a back-up plan coz it was raining at the morning of the launch; I was told there will be large umbrellas put up shall it rain! Looks like the sun has come out to play now anyway!

  • Oh I wish I was in Sydney for this. I saw an ad for this in the time out sydney email that I get and I got very jealous! Although there are quite a few “malaysian” restaurants in canberra, none of them are very authentic (from my experiences anyway).

  • Jen

    Mamak was my first introduction into Malaysian cuisine too! But i’ve explore a depth of the cuisine now. So interesting that it has so many similarities with certain Teochew dishes I grew up with.

  • My friends told me all allocations were exhausted on Wednesday and Thursday night. Lines were longer than Mamak on a Friday night. I plan to go tonight but a bit worried about the lines, so going to Mamak instead for dinner! Wish they would have a bigger venue… –