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Kaki Lima, Kensington

Ever since I went to the Malaysian Kitchen private dinner I have wanted to try Kaki Lima – to eat their roti canai once again.

Kaki Lima restaurant can be found on Anzac Parade in Kensington. It is a rather odd place as it is not exactly the ‘best’ location for restaurants. Unless you catch the bus or walk pass this part of Kensington, one would not notice this place – well I certainly didn’t!

I was catching up with uncle and his lovely wife, L. She loves roti so was very keen to try this place. Whilst perusing the menu, we thought we would order a ‘snack’. The roti was served with sugar, which I thought was a little weird as I have never had roti with sugar. I have only seen it served with curry or as it is, and I definitely like it plain.


The roti was as good as I remembered it to be. Deliciously flakey, fluffy, thick! DELICIOUS!


Started with kueh teow goring – fried thick noodles in thick soya sauce with beef ($10). Loved the wok aroma, the noodles thick and soft and I love the thick soya sauce.


The vegetable karipap (curry puffs) ($6 for 3) was nicer than I remembered it to be. The pastry flaky and a little crunchy, and the vegetable curry delightful.


The asam pedas fish with okra cooked in spicy tamarind sauce ($19) was a favourite amongst the diners. The fish I thought was a little dry but the tamarind sauce I loved!


I have never heard of ayam kuzi ($13) until that evening. Chicken Kuzi, a dish originating from the state of Kelantan. Thick gravy-like with coconut and served with sultanas – a bit weird I thought, very coconut-y, creamy and thick. The chicken incredibly tender and succulent, but I am not convinced about the kuzi sauce.


For dessert, we couldn’t help but order two things (getting full by this stage). Had the coconut pandan cake like – it was dense and absolutely delicious. Served warm, the pulut inti – glutinous rice with coconut topping and palm sugar was wonderful. L definitely enjoyed it, I think she loves anything with palm sugar! It was sweet and excellent.

The service and decor simple and friendly. Definitely worth returning considering how busy Mamak is, especially for the roti canai and kuih.

GA’s rating: 7 / 10

Kaki Lima

230 Anzac Parade

Kensington 2033

Ph: +61 2 9662 6868

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  1. July 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Asam pedas fish sounds delish! I love dishes with okra.

    This place sounds like a good alternative to mamak.

    • July 31, 2011 at 10:36 am

      a definite alternative to Mamak thats for sure! i love the fish with okra… if only it was more tender!

  2. July 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I should really come here as I love Malaysian food and I don’t mind Kensington. Hehe.

  3. Patrick
    August 1, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Working at unsw I love this place.

  4. August 1, 2011 at 3:28 am

    i’ve driven past Kaki Lima for many many years… and have never had the chance to check it out! the roti looks awesome! that’s all the reason i need! defnitely one to visit!

    • August 1, 2011 at 4:51 am

      hey lumierephotographie :) you are not wrong there – definitely worth another visit thats for sure. love roti!!!!

  5. August 4, 2011 at 3:49 am

    food looks great :)

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