Straits of Malacca

Another day, another cheap and (not) cheerful meal in Box Hill. There are quite a few Malaysian styled chain restaurants in Melbourne at the moment, Papparich, Petaling Street, and Straits of Malacca. The decor and atmosphere was better than an average similar styled restaurant, with the wooden tables and high chairs, and the somewhat decent service.
BBQ Pork and Deep Fried Wonton with Dry Noodles – $10.50

This was a quite bland dish. The noodles was gluggy from the soy sauce it was sitting in, and they were quite stingy with the few slices of BBQ pork, considering the price. The deep fried wontons were probably my favourite part of the dish, but then again, anything deep fried is good.

Hainanese Chicken Rice – $10.50

This was better than the noodle dish, but not by much. The chicken rice lacked a strong chicken flavour, although the chicken itself was pleasantly tender. The soup, as per usual, had a distinctive MSG taste.

Ice Kacang – $5.80

There were a lot of toppings in this dessert. The palm seeds and sweet corn kernels confused the dish for me, but throw on some condensed milk and syrup, and everything is fixed; although the ice was quite dense in the middle. I still prefer Petaling Street’s rendition of this dish more.

Straits of Malacca follows the formula of any other typical Malaysian restaurant, and brings nothing special to the table. I would pick Papparich or Petaling Street over it anyday.

How to get there:
Straits of Malacca is located in Box Hill Shopping Centre, Box Hill station is on the Lilydale and Belgrave line.

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