Dining Out: Malaymas, Fitzroy North

by April@MyFoodTrail on September 13, 2009

in Dining Out, Fitzroy North, Malaysian

320 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North VIC
(03) 9486 3202

Cuisine: Malaysian
Price: Noodles & rice dishes $9.90-$11.90, other dishes $9.90-$16.00
Parking: Along St Georges Road

We had planned a poker night with Mr A and Mrs D at their place, but before the games could begin, we needed to fuel up with dinner! They suggested Malaymas which wasn’t too far away. Hubby and I had been to Malaymas once before and remembered the food to be pretty good.

The menu is extensive with an excellent selection of Malaysian noodle and rice dishes, such as nasi lemak and char kuay teow. It made choosing dishes very difficult because there were so many things we wanted to try! We ended up ordering too much, but not to worry, you can get a takeaway container for your leftovers.

First up was the roti chanai. The roti was nice and crispy and the curry sauce for dipping was very tasty but quite mild. The serve was small (and again they were a bit stingy with the amount of curry sauce), but to be expected for less than $4.

Roti Chanai Kosong $3.90

Next came the fried chicken wings. It was two chicken wings that had been cut into the drumette and wingette to make four pieces. They had been marinated in a spice mix and deep fried. The spice mix had penetrated into the chicken flesh, but they were on the oily side.

Fried chicken wings (4) $4.50

Next was the Hainanese chicken rice. The chicken was very moist and tender, exactly how good chicken rice chicken should be. The rice on the other hand, was disappointingly tasteless and slightly undercooked.

Hainanese Chicken Rice $9.90

The next dish was XO sauce fried rice. This was my favourite dish of the night. The taste of XO was barely there but it was still really tasty. There was squid, prawns, carrots, spring onion and strangely, cucumber in the fried rice. One of the best fried rice I have had in a while!

XO Sauce Fried Rice $9.90

Mrs D requested the sambal ikan bilis, which was small dried anchovies in a sambal sauce. It was not something hubby and I would have ordered on our own, but we were glad we did because it was delicious. Surprisingly the sambal wasn’t too spicy but it went well the crunchy anchovies.

Sambal Ikan Bilis – Deep fried anchovies with onions in spicy sambal chilli paste $5.80

Next was the first of two noodle dishes we ordered, the nyonya mee hoon (bee hoon / vermicelli). I would normally request no beanshoots but as there were other people, I didn’t. The noodles had prawns and shredded chicken, and with the addition of lemon juice, it gave the noodles a lovely salty but tangy taste. This was hubby’s favourite dish of the night.

Nyonya Mee Hoon – Fried vermicelli with belachan chilli paste served with chicken, seafood and vegetables $9.90

The second noodle dish was the Indian mee goreng. I really like the taste of Indian mee goreng because of the tomato sauce flavour and this one was very good.

Indian Mee Goreng – Fried egg noodle with potatoes, chicken, shrimps, bean curd, vegetables in curry powder and tomato sauce $9.90

Overall: There is a great selection of Malaysian rice and noodle dishes for around $10. The serves are decent for the price and overall the food is very good. In a head to head battle against Penang Coffee House, Malaymas would come out a clear winner. To be fair though, we tried more dishes at Malaymas.

Would I return? Yes, if I was in the area, but I wouldn’t specially make the trip as it is a bit far from us.

After a satisfying dinner, we returned for our game of poker. In the end it came down to me & Mr A, and the lead shifted between the two of us, but a few lucky hands later and Mr A prevailed! I’m looking forward to a rematch soon!

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge September 13, 2009 at 8:09 pm

grrrrr…you lost! How frustrating! At least you got a pretty good meal before playing some poker!


Iron Chef Shellie September 14, 2009 at 7:34 am

eck, undercooked rice! almost as bad as overcooked rice… in fact I'm not sure what is worse!

mmmmm… mee goreng, still searching for a good one =)

Good luck with the rematch!!


Conor @ HoldtheBeef September 14, 2009 at 9:08 am

I bet it was those pesky bean shoots that put you off your game! That was Mr A's plan all along!


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 14, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I have to confess that my mouth involuntarily started watering at the roti pic and then got worse as the pics went on! 😛


penny aka jeroxie September 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Malaymas used to be pretty good but not so a couple of years ago. Wonder if they changed chef?


Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Used to come to this place whenever there's an opportunity. The price range has increased by 20% since the last time I was in melb. All time fav have to be Indian mee goreng and prawn noodle!! You should try the prawn noodle next time.


Rilsta September 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Hi Maria: Hehe… I was down to my last few chips before I was able to come back with a few lucky hands, so I consider myself lucky to be in the final two!

Hi Iron Chef Shellie: Thanks! :)This mee goreng was pretty good.

Hi Conor: Haha!! Yes, all the manual labour of picking out each individual beanshoot left me spent! 😛

Hi Lorraine: Hehe! Their dishes photographed well because there was a lot of different ingredients. It's amazing how food photos can make you drool just as much as the real thing!

Hi Penny: I haven't been before this year and don't venture out to that area much so I wouldn't know. Consistent quality from some smaller restaurants seems to be difficult at times!

Hi Anonymous: I think it's not just here that the prices have increased – it happens everywhere! I will try the prawn noodles next time, thanks!


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