Gastrology visited Passage Thru Malaysia on behalf of the Australian Good Food Guide.
Located in Greensborough, Passage Thru Malaysia is a neighbourhood gem which channels the spirit of Malaysian hawker-style eating centres in Kuala Lumpur, where locals gather to catch up and share tasty hawker favourites.
The menu features a wide array of options and as owner Jerena Teo explains, “Choose whatever you like - it’s all good!” And it’s true, you can’t really go wrong here.
Our dinner commenced with a few hawker favourites plates. Each item was full of flavour and meticulously prepared. Of particular note was the popiah. Light, crunchy and slightly spiced, these babies were delicious. The satays were similarly delicious and served in a rich and hearty peanut sauce.
For mains we fell head over heels for the Nyonya fish. The Tilapia was beautifully prepared with a light crunchy better and was adorned in the most luscious curry sauce. Expect a delightful balance of hot, sour, salty and sweet – it’s that magic combination that makes your tastebuds tingle.
If you want something heartier, the Butter Chicken (Lai Yao Kei) is not to be missed. Not to be mistaken for the popular Indian butter chicken curry dish, this is a thoroughly Malaysian version that has no resemblance to the Indian butter chicken at all. Here, chicken cubes are deep fried and then wok stir fried with chillies and curry leaves till fragrant and finally boiled with evaporated milk. As strange as this sounds, rest assured it’s a stunner and is one of those addictive dishes you simply cannot get enough of.
To finish, we enjoyed Passage Thru Malaysia’s rendition of the ice kacang – a popular Malaysian dessert that, in part, resembles an exceedingly glamourous snow cone. The palm sugar syrup and evaporated milk – flavouring for the shaved ice contained a generous serve of tasty titbits including red beans, jelly, and salted peanuts.
Location: 2/16-22 Main Street, Greensborough
Phone: 03 9435 4958