Nanyang Malaya Cafe’s Singapore chilli crab and other menu options. Picture: Jenifer Jagielski

Billy Chong opened the doors of the casual Malaysian/Singaporean casual eatery, Nanyang Malaya Cafe just 10 days before Lockdown 2.0, quickly garnering a loyal following, so when lockdown hit, diners were left high and dry.

“Our customers were reaching out to us, saying they missed our food, so we had to do something to keep the momentum going,” he says.

The cafe was so new Billy hadn’t had a chance to set up their takeaway offerings, so they weren’t quite able to follow the transition that so many other restaurants were doing, much less a partnership with a delivery service.

Haianese chicken. Picture: Jenifer Jagielski

But they managed and a month later were ready to go.

“After the first week of the cafe reopening, we realised our efforts with the third-party delivery service and takeaways were still not enough. Therefore, the cafe joined with Nanyang Tea Club (a more refined venue in Haymarket) home delivery service and launched a new website nanyanghome.com.au,” Billy says.

“The new home delivery service was developed to service these customers. We did a couple of preliminary tests with some of our regular customers, which helped us gain insightful feedback, that enabled us to roll it out.

“We are grateful to have survived this lockdown while retaining our kitchen team. Our team at Nanyang Malaya Cafe has started to reboot everything to restart again with our dine-in service, which includes a concise brunch menu filled with all the faves, including the Singaporean breakfast staple, Kaya toast – two pieces of toast sandwiched together with a thick layer of housemade kaya (coconut jam) and a slab of butter.

Nasi Kerabu with curry chicken. Picture: Jenifer Jagielski

“It’s traditionally served with two soft boiled eggs and soy sauce in a small bowl, allowing it to be mixed as a dip for the toast itself. The lunch and dinner menus are focused mainly on Malaysian dishes, as the Nanyang Malaya Cafe has become a real destination for laksas, curries, and mud crabs.

“We’ve recently launched more mud crabs, as we now have up to six variations, including one with the ever-popular Singaporean Chill. We’ve also introduced some vegan options such as the Ramly Rendang Burger, which comes with more-ish salt and pepper wedges.” Definitely add this one to your post-lockdown dining list.

— Marrickville Metro, Shop G001, 20 Smidmore St, Marrickville; nanyangmalayacafe.com.au

Kaya Toast breakfast. Picture: Jenifer Jagielski

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The Team at Nanyang Malaya Cafe would like to say thank you to our customers who have supported us during the lockdown. We would not be open today (post lockown) without your support.