PETALING JAYA: Malaysias famous nasi kandar is going Down Under, following a move by a local mamak food chain here to open shop in Melbourne and Perth.
I would love to see our Malaysian and Australian students lepak (hang out) at our restaurants and have teh tarik, said the 43-year-old owner of Kayu Nasi Kandar restaurant, Buruhan Mohamed.
His Melbourne outlet is due to open at the end of this month while the Perth restaurant will open its doors in October, in partnership with several Malaysian businessmen staying in these Australian cities.
Its Melbourne outlet is located at 706, Station Street, Box Hill while that in Perth will be at 339, Albany Highway, Victoria Park.
Asked why he had chosen Australia, he replied: There are many Malaysians studying and working there. I believe this would be a great opportunity to promote our country.
Buruhan, who hopes to provide part-time employment to Malaysian students in the two cities, expects the outlets to serve as gathering points for all Malaysians.
To keep his guests informed about goings-on in Malaysia, he will provide them local newspapers, including The Star, as well as promotional brochures on Malaysia Airlines and tourist spots.
Kayu Nasi Kandar started out with a stall at a coffee shop in SS2 here back in 1974 and grew to become one of the most popular mamak restaurants in the Klang Valley and Penang.
One of the nicest surprises I had was the time Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad came to dine with his family, said Buruhan, whose clients ranged from the man-in-the-street to celebrities and royalty.
The sky is the limit for the enterprising nasi kandar man, who is also set to open his first outlet at a Petronas petrol station in January.
Normally, only fast food is available at petrol stations. Soon, nasi kandar meals will also be available to motorists, said Buruhan of the upcoming outlet at Jalan Air Kolam Lama in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
His restaurant chain, which recently opened a branch at Bandar Bukit Tinggi in Klang, will see another new outlet at Aman Suria, near here, by the end of next month.
Besides its SS2 flagship restaurant, Kayu Nasi Kandar also has outlets in Bandar Sunway and Bayan Baru, Penang.
It is also set spread its wings further in the country, including in Sabah and Sarawak.