Perak Malaysian Cafe: Marpole Malaysian
Back in mid-August, we came across a newish Malaysian restaurant in Marpole called Perak Malaysian Cafe. I’m not sure if this place is related to Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken in Crystal Mall but it seems vaguely familiar.
Although this restaurant is relatively new, the inside seemed a bit dated. Still, it was fairly busy which should be a good sign. We ordered a cold Milo ($4) and cold Lemon Tea ($1 with the meal) to start our lunch.
First out of the block was the Roti Canai ($6) which were light and crisp with a nice chewy centre. My main complaint about this dish is that the curry sauce had a decided lack of flavour.
The Home Town Fried Chicken Wings ($4.50) were quite good. Served with wing tips intact and with a juicy centre, the exterior coating was a bit interesting… a bit crumbly like Shake & Bake coating.
The Hainanese Chicken ($15.95 for half a chicken) was served with pickled veggies and dipping sauce. I thought they did a pretty good job with this poached chicken.
We ended our meal with an order of Mee Goreng ($11.50) with pork, prawn, fish cake, egg, and vegetables all stir-fried together. While okay, I think it was lacking in the wok heat department as the noodles lacked complexity.
Overall, the food was pretty good and a welcome addition to the limited Malaysian eateries around town.
8542 Granville Street
Posted on November 3, 2017, in Malaysian, Restaurant Review and tagged Chicken Wings, Food, Hainanese Chicken, Malaysian, Marpole, Mee Goreng, restaurant review, Roti Canai, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
any luck with finding a decent Indonesian restaurant in metro vancouver? last indonesian restaurant i used to frequent which was cheap and very good food was on East Hastings near Nanaimo street. Unfortunately they closed at least 5 years ago and in it’s placed opened the hipster doofus Red Wagon diner with hipster goofus lineups 10-20 feet long. Malaysian and Thai is sorta similar to indonesian ( at least to my tastebuds) but i really want to go back to an authentic Indonesian restaurant.
Haha. Admittedly, I had a really good pork belly at Red Wagon. As far as Indonesian, no… I haven’t seen many around town (also not a lot of Filipino restaurants either).
actually, lately i have been reading about more and more Filipino restaurants . Some of the filipinos here in metro vancouver are opening Max’s franchaises and i’m a seeing a few new hole in the wall filipino small diners. The one thing i notice with the filipino eateries ( at least online and a few times in person) is either they will be out of a popular food item, the food offered is small quantity and just okay tasting for the price, the closing hours are early for dinner time eating (closed at 7pm-8pm), they dont put much effort into their eateries in terms of ambiance or presentation….more of ”we are here to serve food to the local filipino workers in the area at lunchtime). My own filipino friends dont even bother much to go out for filipino food for the above reasons i mentioned, unless they are in the area or craving something from their homeland and wish to mingle with others from their country. Mostly i am told filipinos do not like to waste their hard earned money on filipino eateries when they can eat it at home!
I know what you mean. Pin Pin is probably the “fanciest” I’ve seen. Been to Max’s a number of years ago. Recently been to Hapag Ihaw Ihaw and Epic Grill Silogs… Service and ambiance isn’t something they’re known for.