Experiences - Australia

Melbournes Hawker Hall and Other Modern Malaysian Restaurants

Discover Melbourne and Sydney’s hottest new modern Malaysian restaurants, including Hawker Hall, Little Peddler, and Lazy Suzie, plus authentic Malaysian recipes to try at home.

We’ve long been fans of Melbourne’s Chin Chin and Kong restaurants, and now the man behind these modern Asian marvels has done it again. Trend-setting restaurateur Chris Lucas has opened Hawker Hall on Chapel Street in Windsor, an energetic food and beer hall inspired by the hawker markets of Malaysia and Singapore.

This sprawling eatery has proved a hit with the Melbourne food scene, commanding hours-long queues for its 160 seats. Once you have nabbed a table, order a craft beer to savour while you navigate the expansive menu of crowd-pleasing Asian street foods.

Just like the best hawker markets in Malaysia and Singapore, variety is key, with 60+ dishes on the menu. There are some you shouldn’t miss, such as the robust Malay beef rendang served with coconut rice, the cheap and cheerful ‘Economy Noodles’, and the smoky satay skewers with punchy sambal. Others, like the ho-hum dumplings and bland nasi goreng, are more easily overlooked.

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For a sweet send-off, finish with the flaky banana roti with coconutty kaya jam.

Also try:

If you have a mod-Malaysian craving but can’t stand the two-hour wait for a table at Hawker Hall, pop to Little Peddler on Chapel Street, St Kilda. This cute eatery dishes out golden curry puffs, mee goreng and char kway teow. And the best part? Everything on the menu costs less than $20.

little peddler

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In Sydney, Darlinghurst newcomer Lazy Suzie is also flying the modern Malaysian flag. Chef and owner Zachary Tan looks to the flavours of his native Penang for his contemporary menu. Try the nicely charred pork belly satay skewers with punchy sambal, the supreme char kway teow studded with scallops and crab, and the vividly coloured ice kachang with taro ice cream. You’ll even find cocktails prepared in the style of teh tarik.

lazy suzie

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At home:

If you can’t make it to one of these eateries, get your modern Malaysian fix at home with our easy, authentic recipes for satay chicken skewers, beef rendang, curry puffs, mee goreng, char kway teow and teh tarik.

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