One sweltering hot lunchtime I met up with Mum at Malay-Chinese Takeaway since I was craving some Malaysian food. I don’t know who said that eating hot food on a hot day would make you cooler but it certainly didn’t work for me! Although I thought I was semi-delusional for choosing to eat hot and spicy food on a hot summer’s day the food was so good that it was worth it in the end.
When we got there during lunch hour it was packed with people but luckily we found a seat reasonably quickly. Malay-Chinese Takeaway has daily specials which are rotated around a 4-week time period. Today’s special was mee rebus, which I was thinking of getting, but in the end decided to stick with an old favourite, the char kway teow.
You order and pay at the counter, and I was told that the char kway teow would be a 10 minute wait. This to me was good news, as I hoped that it meant that my noodles were being freshly fried. They came out looking like a deceivingly small pile of noodles on a large plate, but I quickly realised that there was a lot more on the plate than I initially thought. The noodles were perfectly soft with a surprising amount of chilli kick considering I didn’t see any obvious chilli pieces. Liberally scattered amongst the noodles were pieces of lap cheong, prawns, bean sprouts, garlic chives and fish cake. Although it was really good, I only managed to eat half of this before conceding defeat.
Mum got the tofu laksa which had a fragrant broth topped with puffy pieces of fried tofu. The tofu absorbed the soup so that when you bit into it, it released a mouthful of delicious, spicy soup. Mum declared this the best laksa in the CBD but still struggled to finish the huge bowl of noodles. A nice touch that they have is providing bibs for about 30c to people not wanting to splash orange soup onto their business clothes.
When we left there were still scores of people waiting around for a table, even though it was around 30ºC that day. Just goes to show that even hot weather doesn’t deter people from grabbing a tasty laksa or curry from this popular little eatery.