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HOT – Little Malaysia – 156 Boundary St, West End

After a rather unimpressive yet stressful day and not much inclination for slaving over a stove, pharmacy I picked up MM and we headed to the Boundary St strip in West End, no rx one of our favourite areas to roam in Brisbane.  I’d spotted Little Malaysia nestled in between some of your more well known franchised dining options earlier in the week and whilst it doesn’t look like much from the outside, online I had a feeling we’d be impressed. 

A simple, old school, family owned and run business, Little Malaysia is a no-fuss, no-frills experience, but what they lack in fancy they make up for in flavour and friendliness.  We ordered a plate of prawn chips ($2.00), pappadums ($1.00) and roti canai with curry sauce ($6.00) to get our palates and stomachs ready for a small feast from the menu of many, many, many options.

The roti was insanely delicious – flaky sheets of piping hot flat bread dipped in a mild but flavoursome, runny curry sauce.  That in itself is worth going for!

For mains, we decided to share three dishes which was a little ambitious, but we couldn’t help ourselves as the choices were too good.

MM had his eye on the spicy calamari from the start ($14.90) and it didn’t disappoint.  Listed as one of their most popular dishes, Little Malaysia really won us both over with this dish.  The batter was light and crispy, the calamari pretty well cooked and accompanied with some finely chopped capsicum and herbs, fried glass noodles and a whole lot of salty goodness.

The chicken nasi goreng ($9.90) was a delicious feast packed with meat, tofu and noodles with quite a spicy back end.  Needless to say we couldn’t finish it but we were offered a container to take home the leftovers.

The nasi lemak was a tasting plate of sorts, with a sample of the beef rendang, chicken rendgang,  sambal boiled egg, pickled vegies, anchovies and coconut rice ($10.90).  The beef rendang was my favourite – beautiful small, bite sized chunks of tender beef in a delicious, dark rendang sauce.  The chicken pieces were a little dry for me and the anchovies weren’t really up my alley, but the sambal egg was strangely more-ish, as were the pickled vegies. 


Open every day for lunch and dinner (except Tuesdays, they are closed), Little Malaysia is a pokey, cheap and cheerful little cafe boasting punchy but humble Malaysian cuisine at its best.  The bright yellow walls, fluro lighting and plastic chairs don’t offer much in the way of aesthetics or serenity, but I suspect anything fancier would take away from a really authentic Malaysian experience.


  • Little Malaysia – 156 Boundary St, West End +61 7 3844 0303

Thanks to Malaysia Kitchen Australia, I’ve been given the opportunity to check out what Malaysian cuisine Brisbane has to offer – good bad or otherwise.  If you’ve got any tips or suggestions, leave a comment or send an email to cazm@bnehotornot.com

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  1. The food is great there and very similar to Malaysia, but the roti let me down. Are they still using frozen roti pastry? I am going to have to check it out again, as we lived on Roti Cani for 14days in Malaysia only a month ago.

    Posted by liz
    Twitter: strayedtable
    | September 6, 2011, 9:22 am
  2. Hi Liz, I’m no expert on Roti, so not sure if it was fresh or frozen….but I really enjoyed it!

    Posted by CazM | September 7, 2011, 7:54 am

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