Malaysia Chiak!: Feast on Authentic Malaysian Hawker Fares at Great World

Last Updated: March 24, 2020

Written by Felicia Koh

With six existing chains scattered around Singapore, I’m pretty sure most of you have heard of Malaysia Chiak!, a coffee shop like eatery selling traditional Malaysian hawker fare. 

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Part of Fei Siong Group, which houses brands like Sin Kee Famous Chicken Rice, London Duck and Encik Tan under their wing, Malaysia Chiak! is, in fact, a smaller-scale offshoot of the already popular food court, Malaysia Boleh!. 

Adding on to the count of their chains in Singapore is their latest location at Great World. With all the buzz about the newly revamped shopping centre, I thought, paying my first visit to Malaysia Chiak! there will be a great idea.

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Located at Basement 1, the entire food court came to sight when I took the escalator down. Done up vintage-style, the area was decorated to mimic the facade of old shophouses, creating a nostalgic street-like ambience reminiscent of the 60s.

Knowing that almost all the cooks at Malaysia Chiak! are true-blue Malaysians scouted to re-create the authentic flavours of Malaysian street delicacies, I was excited to try. Finally, this might be the place for good Penang carrot cake and chilli ban mian without having to cross the borders. 

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Before diving into the carbohydrate loaded mains, my partner and I started off easy with a roll of Popiah (S$2) to share. Classic Teochew-style thin paper-like crêpe was stuffed with ingredients such as cooked tulips, beansprouts, lettuce, and eggs. 

Malaysia Chiak!’s Popiah was way wetter probably due to the cooked turnips which were not drained off its juices. It resulted in a rather mushy mouthfeel but thankfully, the raw lettuce and peanut bits saved the dish by adding a slightly crisp and crunchy texture.

The main problem I had with this dish was how pungent it was. The taste of raw garlic was so sharp it overpowered the savoury turnips. If you are on a date, make sure no kissing goes on after your Popiah, or trust me, you and your partner will regret it!

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Upon ordering carrot cakes in hawker centres, we will usually be asked, “Black or white?”. Well, this is not the case for Penang-style carrot cake. Commonly known as char koay kak, Penang fried carrot cake is made using thick chunky pieces of rice cake, fried with X.O. chilli sauce together with beansprouts and eggs.

Due to the addition of lard during the frying process, our plate of Penang Carrot Cake (S$3), had a unique aroma and a luscious aftertaste. Compared to Singapore-style carrot cake, the Penang Carrot Cake tasted very mildly sweet on top of being savoury. The use of X.O. chilli added a nice hint of spice, enhancing the entire flavour profile of the dish which I very much enjoyed. 

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With the distinct fragrance of salted fish lingering in the air, I couldn’t resist but order myself a portion of the Petaling Street Claypot Chicken Rice (S$5). Cooked in a traditional claypot, the rice possessed an earthy aroma enhanced by the sweet-savoury sauce drenched generously on the marinated chicken chunks, Chinese sausages and Chinese mushrooms. 

Although there was nothing particularly fascinating that made this Claypot Chicken Rice especially unique or stand out from its peers, it was still delectable and had a delicious crusty layer of rice, known to many as guo ba, which is the hallmark of a good claypot rice dish. 

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 Of all the Malaysian fare, my favourite was definitely the Chilly Ban Mian (S$4). A dish that is not frequently found in Singapore, it features thin ban mian noodles topped with minced meat paste, stewed mushrooms, fried ikan bilis and a soft boiled egg.

Cooked till al dente, the noodles had a nice chewy texture which paired perfectly when mixed with the minced meat paste and stewed mushrooms. The runny egg yolk added a layer of umami, unifying the flavours of the dish to form a mouth-watering treat. Like me, if you enjoy the heat of sambal, be adventurous and request for an additional scoop of chilli. That extra kick is so addictive, it will leave you wanting more!

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What better way is there to end our meal than with a nice, cooling bowl of Chendol (S$2)? Drenched in coconut milk, the Chendol was rich and creamy. Every element was well-executed and it was finished flawlessly with a generous amount of gula melaka.

I do agree that there might be other eateries offering authentic Malaysian hawker fares that taste better than those at Malaysia Chiak!. However, with the variety of dishes available and the quality of its food, Malaysia Chiak! is a convenient alternative for Singaporeans who are craving decent Malaysian food.

Since it is also not a good time to travel, why not head to your nearest Malaysia Chiak! for the time being?

Expected Damage: S$4 – S$8 per pax

Price: $

Our Rating: 3 / 5

Malaysia Chiak!

1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, B1-102/103, Singapore 237994

Our Rating 3/5

Malaysia Chiak!

1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, B1-102/103, Singapore 237994

Telephone: +65 6370 1155
Operating Hours: 10am - 10pm (Daily)
Telephone: +65 6370 1155

Operating Hours: 10am - 10pm (Daily)
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