When it comes to Malaysian food in Wichita, there aren’t many options for it. But for what we have, there are some great places to choose from. One of the first comes to mind is Malaysia Cafe who resides at 21st and Rock. We decided to revisit the restaurant to see what changes have been made since our last visit.
7777 E 21st St N, Ste 150
Wichita, Kansas 67206
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 8:30pm
Closed on Sunday
One of the noticeable changes was the menu screen. I’m not sure if there were any new additions but it was a more visible way of checking out their offerings than the paper sheets that were glued to the counter. On top of that, they had nice containers with lids with all their meals which was a nice change from their Styrofoam plates of old.
While I usually go with their Char Kway Teow, I wanted a change of pace and went with the Malaysia Rice Noodles while Megan went with the Hokkien Char Mee.
Both dishes were fantastic. The Malaysia Rice Noodle had a distinct taste to it that was like attributed to the special curry powder. It had a richer taste than some similar Singapore Rice Noodle dishes found at Chinese restaurants. If you like heavy comfort foods, this might be up your alley as it’ll put you to sleep after you’re done.
Between the two meals though, I think I liked the Hokkien Char Mee more. If you’re unfamiliar with the dish, it is Udon noodles, stir-fried with thick soy sauce, mixed in with meat, eggs, bean sprouts and carrots. Once again it was a filling bowl of food that didn’t leave either one of us hungry. I’m a sucker for Udon noodles so between that and the thick soy sauce, I was in noodle heaven.
For some reason, I don’t go to Malaysia Cafe as much as some of the other Asian restaurants in the area and I don’t know why. The staff is always friendly, the prices are affordable, the food comes out fast and it’s pretty good. Perhaps I’ll need to make sure it’s a more common visit in my lunch rotation.
Here’s their menu: