Written by: Michele Ng

Located in Ikebukuro, MALAYCHAN-SATU is a pretty good place to head to when you are missing Asian food. It’s a 10 minutes walk from the Ikebukuro station West exit. It’s quite easy to find so you don’t have to worry about getting lost.
There was such a good variety on the menu that we wanted to order everything, but in the end, we decided to go for the assortment dish (900 JPY/person) so we could try more things in one go and one asam laksa (1,280 JPY) to share between us. If you want a taste of Southeast Asian homemade cuisine from a mix of different food, an assortment dish is a good choice. Luckily, there were two of us so we could order it because it only starts from 2 pax.

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The asam laksa was very suitable for Japanese taste because the spices tasted milder. It’s perfect if you can’t take an overly stimulating flavor of spiciness and sourness. I enjoyed drinking the soup quite a lot. I personally felt this was a job done quite well.
 The spring rolls had sweet chili sauce on them. I actually really liked the martabak (egg-filled pancake, sometimes mixed with green onion and minced meat, made from pan-fried crepes which are folded and cut to squares). There was something very delicious about it and brought me back home (Malaysia) for a bit. The shrimp chips and fish chips were also very authentic.
The otak-otak (grilled fish cake made of groundfish meat mixed with tapioca starch and spices) was fragrant and good enough to satisfy my craving, but they were not as spicy as the original,  so this dish is suitable for those of you who have a no-spice policy.  The satay and the peanut sauce on top of it have a Japanese-arranged taste but still absolutely delicious.
The shop is quite small but the atmosphere and the staff were nice. They kept the windows and doors open when there are more customers in the shop for safety measures during this time of the pandemic. If you’re looking for something that has a taste of Asian foods, this is a good place to visit.
Address 3-chome-22-6 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0021
Halal Gourmet Japan http://www.halalgourmet.jp/restaurant/121877
Available Time Tue-Fri [Lunch] 11:00 – 14:30 & [Dinner] 17:00 – 22:30
Sat-Sun 11:00-22:30