KK Malaysian Cuisine
KK Malaysian always comes highly recommended for their authentic cuisine. I have driven past the small restaurant on Manukau Road many times, and have seen the queues of people waiting to get in. Last week we were some of them. The place was very busy and we were lucky to grab a table on the footpath. We didn’t know that the restaurant takes bookings, so lesson learned.
The manager was frantically juggling the seating of patrons all evening. KK Malaysian has taken over the shop next door to its original location, but both areas are small. There are a few tables outside on the footpath, but unless you enjoy the sound (and vibration) of traffic roaring past literally inches away from you while you eat, I recommend you opt for a table inside.
The menu pricing is just within our Cheapeats parameters but it would be more on the assumption that you were sharing a few dishes – some over and some under $20. We ordered a small entrée of chicken satay, followed by Beef Rendang ($20) and Twice-Cooked Pork Spareribs ($20). We had a simple dish of stir-fried mixed vegetables ($18) and steamed rice.
We told the server that it was fine to bring out the dishes as they were ready, and so they appeared in no particular order. The four pieces of chicken satay were char-grilled but still succulent, and the peanut sauce was served on the side so you could have a little or lots on your meat.
The beef rendang was as tender and rich as I had hoped. Rendang is a traditional Indonesian dish made for celebrations and it is popular in Malaysia. The serving dish with its mound of meat in sauce/gravy may not be particularly attractive to look at, but the flavours are addictive: coconut cream, ginger, lemongrass, garlic and chili and other spices had all merged together to create a rich, caramelized beef dish. We all loved it.
The twice-cooked pork pieces were ordered to keep the 10 year-old happy, but we all enjoyed it. The thin pieces of meat had a light crisp coating and were tender to eat. There were pieces of red chili scattered all over the dish so you could choose to eat it spicy or pick them off.
Our stir-fried vegetables was a simple dish with the usual seasonal suspects and a few pieces of tofu thrown in for good measure. Personally I did not think it warranted the price-tag of $18.
We managed to drink two pots of complimentary tea during our quick meal. With a crowd of people waiting for a table and traffic roaring past us, this was not a meal to linger over.
All up we would recommend KK for its excellent food but the pricing was not always right for the dish and the environment impeded our enjoyment slightly. We would definitely go back for takeout.