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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Tan's Malaysian, Ultimo

bak kut teh

There's a bargain food court I discovered on Broadway a couple of years ago. You wouldn't know it were there but for a couple of metal sandwich boards on the foothpath advertising cheap meals.

sign

Squeezed in between Mama's Kitchen and the kebab shop are two glass-fronted doors marked with "Broadway Plaza" in a dated orange and yellow font. Enter through the doors and you'll discover a huddle of bain-maries, stainless steel counters and menu boards overhead with backlit photos.

There's a sandwich shop, a burger joint and a Chinese place as well, but I tend to end up at Tan's Malaysian which has pre-cooked dishes in the bain marie or you can order yours freshly cooked off the menu.

lunch tray
Bak kut teh $6.90

On this day I was in the mood for bak kut teh, a sweet herbal soup filled with vegetables, giant sponges of fried tofu and an enormous pork bone that I attack with my bare hands to extricate the tender chunks of meat.

The foodcourt is looking run-down and lacklustre but that's half the charm. Sometimes cheap and simple is all you need.

Tan's Malaysian
Shop 10a, Broadway Plaza
185 Broadway, Ultimo, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 6118

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Malaysian eats
Cafe Kasturi, Haymarket
Malaya, Sydney
Kopitiam Malaysian Cafe, Ultimo

Other nearby eats
Broadway - Tomodachi
Broadway - Una's
Chippendale - Lansdowne Hotel
Chippendale - LMC Cafe
Chippendale - Toby's Estate
Ultimo - Beb Patisserie
Ultimo - Bourke Street Bakery
Ultimo - Cafe Ottimo

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 3/22/2007 12:50:00 am


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  • At 3/25/2007 10:33 am, Blogger Julia said…

    Thanks, that's great to know! I'm often up there doing my shopping but the food court at Broadway shopping centre is shocking - this looks yummy and cheap!

     
  • At 3/26/2007 12:32 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Julia - It's very basic but yes, it's cheap! Methinks it's a real students' haunt, and for those office workers in the know!

     

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