Once again I couldn’t help my craving for some home food and ended up at Nanyang Cafe in Renaissance Arcade Rundle Mall. It’s a nice little hidden gem. They only open for lunch except for Friday where they close at 8pm. This place serves up some pretty authentic Malaysian hawker style food, predominantly Chinese/Penang Hawker style food (street food). I had a hankering for “kan lao” wanton noodles (dry mixed with soy based sauce) so I ordered Combination BBQ (BBQ pork and crispy roast pork) with dry mixed egg noodles. It even came with the pickled green chilli! It was delicious and I was very impressed. For those of you who are wondering, dry wanton noodles in Malaysia look like this minus that much meat and plus maybe 3 small wantons.
Carl went for the ‘pick and mix’ rice with two dishes – Beef rendang and sambal chicken. It was quite tasty and very satisfying. I know it doesn’t look great in the photo but there’s no other way to have it than to spoon a ladle of gravy all over the rice.
I’m glad we finally got to try this place. I think it’s better than Penang Hawker and will definitely be coming back here if I get a chance to be in the city on a weekday. Can’t wait to try their Char kuey teow as recommended by a few people I know. It’s a fast and cheap eat, they have the drinks to match as well with all the teh ais, teh tarik, milo ais, cham (milk coffee + tea), limau ais etc.