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