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A newest addition at Jurong Point, showcasing a collection of foodstuff from Malaysia.
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As titled, I think the concept of attracting people with Malaysian food is a great marketing strategy. Many people visit the outlet hoping to find food that resemble their favourite Malaysia food haunts. However, don't expect too much lest you be faced with disappointment.
Whilst the layout of the outlet boasts of an "old-school"/"malaysian" theme, the same cannot be said for the standard of the food. No doubt you'll be able to find some traditional hawker food there, however they are not as mouthwatering as they are being marketed to be. In fact the food tastes rather average and you can probably get the same standards (or better) at our hawker centers. The food portions are also relatively small and yet they are all priced rather steeply for normal hawker food fare.
The layout of the shop is also rather messy and finding out which stall sells what can take a bit of time as there are stalls resembling pushcarts and some have very small stall fronts.
In all, I admit that the concept is sure to attract crowds of people but the food is so-so and overpriced.
Overrated, do not compare to actual Malaysian food
I work in Jurong Point, so I've been to Malaysia Boleh a fair number of times. First few weeks it opened, it was packed as sardines in a can, but seems the crowd is thinning. Still, it can be a major pain trying to get the coveted wooden stools here.
As detailed in most of the other reviews, the atmosphere is constructed in a very old-fashioned style reminiscent of being in Malaysia, eating by the numerous road side stalls. Even the music played was popular well before I was even born. Architecture wise is pretty well done I'd say, achieving the kind of nostalgia it was aiming for. The concept is about bringing the best of Malaysian foods to one place, like Sentosa's Malaysian Food Street, but can they deliver on the goods?
Food wise is way overrated as far as Malaysian cuisine goes. The only people who think the food here is any good are people who have never eaten good Malaysian food. I reckon never even stepped into Malaysia before. The popular dishes are all there: KL Hokkien mee, Penang Prawn Mee, Klang Bah Kut teh, Ding Ji Wanton Mee and other famous items. Note my use of famous, not delicious. As with any dish like Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice, the dish might be popular here but -who- cooks it will determine a great deal how sumptuous it is. Waterloo street chicken rice vs the stall downstairs my home is a world of difference. As such, definitely don't expect the really good chefs to be cooking here in this franchise Malaysian concept.
Regardless of my ranting, the food is decent relatively speaking compared to what you can get in Singapore. The KL Hokkien Mee, one of the longest queues there, is not too bad, but I swear the stall holders are deliberately frying in controlled quantities to artificially make the waiting queue long (Singaporeans are drawn to queues like flies to faeces). Not worth the 20 minutes wait, in my opinion. Try the chicken curry noodles instead, a good flavoured curry soup with fried pig's skin and by the time you finish this meal, your friend is still queuing at the KL Hokkien mee.
A caveat of caution on the "拉车面" or Pull Car Mee- It is horrible. I can't even find adequate words to describe this plain, floury monstrosity (I try, but I do it no justice), so just don't even think about it. Just no. Don't expect much service either, especially at the packed stores. I hate it when I get the obnoxious attitude of "not happy then don't eat lor" vibe, which leaks out some times. Then again, Singaporeans are suckers for abuse and still come back and beg for more.
Good only for experience; not an answer if you love and miss Malaysian food
My friend and I dropped by a couple of weeks back during our CNY shopping. She told me she passed by the place before and thought I might want to try, given that I've been to Malaysia pretty often and miss some of the delicacies there.
I believe the place was designed to replicate a typical Malaysian food street. The effort was more felt than seen - it reminded me more of a food street from the olden days - especially with music from past decades playing in the background - than a typical Malaysian food street. Come on, Malaysia plays modern, popular music too!
The crowd wasn't too bad given that it was a weekday afternoon, but it was packed enough that we had to wait a bit for an available table. It was also noisy, and the volume of the music rose several decibels every time it became noisier - my friend and I eventually had to yell over all the music and noise just to converse with each other.
Food stalls were either designed as pushcarts or as a typical food stall on a food street in Malaysia. Familiar Malaysian food items (rather, my favourite foods) were sold, including Chendol, Assam Laksa, Ipoh Chicken Rice with Beansprouts and et cetera. The price was considered cheap and the portion was just right for me - for the first time in my life I was able to finish a bowl of Assam Laksa, one serving of Chendol and a cup of iced milk tea. Then again, my appetite is smaller than most and my friend felt the serving size could be just a tad bigger. However, it is also possible that the portions are smaller so visitors would retain enough stomach space to try more dishes.
The food was flavourful, albeit not quite up to the standards of those sold in Malaysia. I was surprised, however, with the choice of noodles for Assam Laksa, as I've only seen that noodle type in Malaysia's Assam Laksa - it was the first time I was seeing it in Singapore and the dish was closest to that in Malaysia I ate as compared to others in Singapore.
I would definitely recommend the place to Malaysians (or frequent travelers to Malaysia like myself) who require a desperate cure for homesickness, food-wise. However, don't harbour high expectations - they are only temporary remedies and are only 90% close to the tastes at home at best.
Tak boleh for the crowd!
If you have never had Malaysian food before, then you might wanna try it here. I really liked the design inside the food court, it felt as though I was in Malaysia. The food stalls were unlike any other food courts, they were designed like pushcart stalls and I was really impressed when I first went there.
We order Penang Laksa, Lor Mee and some mixed dishes of yong tau foo. Overall, we found the food not bad and we would not rate it as exceptionally good Malaysia food, maybe just average.
Apart from that, there were old music playing and my mother was enjoying it but I found it rather bit loud. The whole place was so noisy due to the crowd plus the music and the ice-cream stall's uncle ringing the bell non-stop!!
Moreover, it took me and mom a really hard time to find a table for 2 and the queue for food was crazy. It was almost 3 pm at that time already though. The place looked big but actually it was really small and crowded. Plus there were so many stalls there. You should visit here only during non-peak hours/days.
This place was really an eye opener to me, how on the outside it looks like a normal food court, but on the inside it looks almost exactly like a street in Malaysia. Not only are the stalls in carts, even the drink stall is made like a simple stall under a tree. The bowls and cups that were used were also in old school style, and so were the wooden table and stools. The whole feel of the place is so different, it no longer feels part of a shopping centre.
However, the queues for the food were unusually long, perhaps due to it being dinner time, and it was really difficult to get seats despite the place being rather big. The food were also nowhere near the taste of the Malaysia ones.
But kudos to the ambience of the place. I never imagined that a street along Malaysia could be brought into Singapore's shopping centres.
Good Food, but not worth the price
This newly opened retro malaysian style food court sparked my curiosity, so I paid it a visit a few weeks ago.
The decor was great, I felt like I was back in those times. There were biscuit tins along the walls, I contemplated opening one and eating them but decided against it lest they expired long ago.
There was so many choices, after settling on the fried hokkien mee and the fried prawn mee, we queued up behind like, 10 people and waited for a long while before ordering the $4 portion of food.
To our disappointment, it was a tiny plate of food and we polished it up within minutes. The food was insanely good though, and we went to requeue to buy two plates of the fried prawn mee. If only they provide a larger serving, then they'll be seeing me a lot more often!
Badly organized stalls & pricey food
When Malaysia Boleh first opened in Jurong Point, my friend and I decided to give it a try. We made a wrong choice by visiting it during dinner time. The entire place was super crowded! We had no choice but to share a table with another couple. We ordered a Klang Bak Kut Teh, Claypot rice and a KL Hokkien Mee to share. As the queues for food are pretty long, it gets a little confusing as there are people crowding everywhere and I was not too sure where the queue actually starts. Apparently, there are 2 queues - one to order and one to collect.
Having tried the authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in Malaysia before, I have to say that the Bak Kut Teh at Malaysia Boleh pales in comparison. The KL Hokkien Mee was nothing worth to mention too. It was too oily and salty and costed $4 for a small plate. The clay pot rice was ok.
Overall, I felt that the food is too pricey and the food is not as good as the authentic ones in Malaysia.
Not the best of Malaysian food
Being a Malaysian, I can't help but to compare the standard of the food here to the ones back home. Sadly, the food here is of a much much lower standard compared to the 'real' ones. I've been craving for a good meal of Malaysian food but dining here left me disappointed.
The char koay teow is smooth but the usual fragrance was not present at all. I only smelt the bean sprouts. The usual ingredients in a plate of Penang CKT were also not present. There was no cockles and lap cheong. And to think that they charged $4 for a small plate of koay teow with only 2 prawns and bean sprouts, I feel shortchanged when I can get a much better one for only RM4 or less.
The Klang bak kut teh also lacked the fragrance and was seriously lacking in the meat department. There was only one strip of fatty meat and not much lean meat anyway. The KL Hokkien Mee was disappointingly salty.
My conclusion is that the best are still in Malaysia. This is only a replica of what can be found in Malaysia. Perhaps I was expecting too much so I came out with disappointment.
Malaysia Boleh- A place to immerse in good food
The newly opened foodcourt in Jurong Point that specializes in Malaysia food, Malaysia Boleh proves to be a pleasant surprise for patrons. Being a huge fan of different varieties of food, I was impressed by the variety and quality of the food stalls available in the tiny, little cramped space. Besides the bak kut teh, curry bee hoon, claypot rice which are all certainly worth eating, an all-time favorite of mine is the fried durian. Selling at $2 each, it is definitely a must-try for durian-lovers! But fret not, even if you are not a huge fan of durians, the creamy-like durian paste will definitely have you going back for more. A thing to note though, the prices are a little steep considering they are foodcourt prices.
Nonetheless, Malaysia Boleh is still a place worth going to for affordable and good food that are not commonly found in Singapore. And be sure to go there early or be prepared to spend a long time waiting for both your food and seats!
Great place to enjoy the best hawker foods of Malaysia
Malaysia Boleh is a street-stall concept food court which serves some of Malaysia's famous hawker food. Located at Jurong Point, Malaysia Boleh never fails to fill itself to the brim every night.
It was very packed and it reminds me of the times when I visited Malaysia's Petaling Street where there are many hawkers around selling food and many people patronizing them. One of the reasons for this large pull of crowd is because their food is really that nice. I would recommend their Port Klang Bah Kut Teh($5), unlike our local style, their soup has a herbal taste and the flavour is totally immersed into the pork ribs. Their chicken rice($3.50) is similar to the one which I tried at Maxwell, the chicken is very tender and the rice tastes great. Besides hawker food, Malaysia Boleh also sells Apom($2 for 4), which is like love letters but is very thin and crispy. Also, do try their Air Mata Kuching($2) as it is not common here in Singapore.
Overall, a great place to savour great hawker food but you may have to queue for a long time to get your food. Besides that, a wonderful place to have dinner with your friends and family.