• Jane Seow

Authentic Malaysian Food & Breakfast Sets At AMK Hub

There's something about Malaysian food that makes us Singaporeans tick. Perhaps it's the joy of uncovering unique eats in street stalls; or the wok hey which we rarely come across in plain ol' Singaporean dishes. Whatever it is, Malaysian food never fails to attract people like me across the border.

Speaking of borders, Covid-19 has ensured that leisure travel doors remain tightly shut. The pangs of yearning for authentic lian bang xiao chi (Malaysian food) has stricken us all. Lucky for us, in comes Malaysia Boleh!. Serving up food which offers a true taste of Malaysia, it's said that their recipes are actually sourced from different states like Klang, Petaling, Penang and more.

Their outlets span across the island, but one that caught my attention most is their outlet at AMK Hub. A little bird told us about an extended menu offered there, and being the kaypoh - and hungry - type, I had to try it out for myself.

Breakfast Menu

We started the day off with breakfast dishes found at Malaysia Boleh! and boy, do they have much to offer. Like a true-blue Singaporean, we ordered the Toast & Egg Set ($3.20), which comes with - you guessed it - butter-kaya toast and two soft-boiled eggs, along with a hot beverage.

Only Singaporeans (and Malaysians) will know how satisfying it is to tuck into a comfortable breakfast like this...

With butter warmed by the toast and fragrant coconut kaya, this meal is a staple that cannot go wrong.

We also tried the Nasi Lemak Set ($3.50) which is served with a crispy fried chicken wing, hard-boiled egg, halved, and the usual condiments you would find in nasi lemak; topped with sambal paste that complements perfectly with the coconut rice; it's definitely a hearty meal to start your day running.

The economic noodle stall also offers a competitive selection, so there's something for even the pickiest eaters.

It's better to start your day with a good meal, says my doctor, so eat more, we did. After the breakfast is over and done with, it's time to check out the other highlights Malaysia Boleh! boasts.

Chilli Pan Mian

This is a dish that I strongly recommend, because once you try it, you'll probably fall in love with it.

Just look at that jiggly soft-boiled egg...

The Chilli Pan Mian ($4) is one of their signature dishes and honestly, I can't think of anything bad because the entire dish is simply perfect. First, the carb. I am not a fan of soft (soggy!) ban mian, and much prefer the harder version which is QQ and has a better bite. The noodles in this dish is just so, and complements perfectly with the special chilli sauce.

With other accompanying toppings like fried ikan bilis, dark sauce mushrooms (which is extremely sweet and bursting with umami flavour) and egg, the entire dish makes for a meal you'll never forget.

If you're looking for something a little more sinful, read on.

Char Kuay Teow

We ordered the Char Kuay Teow ($4.50) on the recommendation of one of the diners there, and the smell wafting by got us hungry again. This seems to be the effect good CKTs have on us, amirite?

Smoky and full of flavour, this dish reminds me of the ones I had in Johor. The chef even went an extra step to burn some of the kuay which is how I like it. Tucked within the noodles are succulent prawns enveloped in the essence of this dish.

If you like it blacker, do tell the chef as he will add an extra dash of sweet sauce which was what I felt may be a little underwhelming in this dish.

Penang Prawn Mee

Let's just say that Malaysians do their prawn noodles a tad differently from the ones we are used to. The broth of this Penang Prawn Mee ($4) is slightly saltier and spicier, and it actually reminds me of the one from Beach Road. For a prawn mee lover like me, this Penang prawn mee is definitely one of the dishes to go if you're craving for savoury soupy food on a cold and bleary day.

Klang Bak Kut Teh

It's easy to find the peppery version of BKT, but good, dark herbal kinds are hard to come by. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the Klang Bak Kut Teh ($5). The slight hint of herbs doesn't overwhelm the overall savouriness of the soup, which makes it extremely palatable.

You'd think that for this price, you'll probably get little ingredients but Malaysia Boleh! doesn't seem to skimp on quantity AND quality. The tau kee is thick in texture, doing its job in absorbing the herbal broth. There are pieces of pork belly along with lean pork ribs which tear off with little effort, perfect for lazy folks like me!

Yong Peng Xi Dao Fishball Noodles

I was quite surprised by the Xi Dao Fish Ball Noodles ($3.50). There are many intricate aspects of the dish well married together. Let’s start from the star of the dish - the fishballs. Made from fresh Xi Dao fish, the springy balls are absolutely delightful and equally flavourful.

The noodles were a tad dry, but I did enjoy the chilli paste. It's super gao (thick) and drenched in hae bee hiam (dried shrimp sambal), with a slight crunch from dong cai (preserved vegetables) mixed within.

Finally, the soup. It doesn't taste like the usual MSG-saturated soup (uncle Roger disapproves!). You could taste the deep flavour of ikan bilis stock, just like how mum makes it.

Pudu Roast Duck

A picture tells a thousand words, and this one tells me it's going to be a plate of fatty goodness. Just the right balance of meat and fat, the Pudu Roast Duck ($4.30) is a sight (and taste) to behold. The strong hint of danggui helps to reduce the gamey duck flavour and elevates this dish to the same standards as high-end Chinese restaurants.

Most importantly, the glossy skin remains slightly crunchy. As a roast duck lover, I give my burp of approval!

Petaling Street Famous Claypot Chicken Rice

Credit: Makansutra

I was a little disappointed by the underwhelming wok hey or charred bottom presented in the Petaling Street Famous Claypot Chicken Rice ($5), but perhaps I should have gone a little later so that the fire has time to do its magic. The rice was also a little too moist for my liking.

However, the optimal ratio of dark sauce and sesame oil really elevated this entire dish. The chicken is tender and lean, and the overall experience is reminiscent of some of the claypot dishes I had in Malaysia.

There were other noteworthy selections like the Prawn Crackers ($1.50).

Unlike the prawn crackers we typically see in wu xiang stalls, this one comes with a satisfying crunch. The crackers are perfectly well-seasoned and are topped with whole prawns which are sweet and succulent.

Each piece is larger than my hands!

Keep an eye out for traditional bites like Apom ($1 for 2 pieces) and Ban Chiang Kueh ($1), or cold desserts like their Penang Road Famous Chendol ($2) which is surprisingly coconut-y yet light. If you're missing food from across the causeway, this'll probably keep you satiated for some time.

Overall, it is worth heading down to Malaysia Boleh!, whether for breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner. There's such a wide variety of main dishes as well as snacks to keep you fuelled for the day.

And for such iconic Malaysian dishes, you need not fork out a pretty penny as their prices are within hawker range! With ample seating spaces, you don't have to worry about snagging a seat and it's a choice location for office lunch crowds and those living in the vicinity.

Malaysia Bole!h (AMK Hub)

Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #B2-41/42 AMK Hub, Singapore 569933

Opening Hours: Daily, 8am - 9.30pm

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