The story behind Nayang Malaya Cafe

Nanyang Malaya Café is the second incredible collaboration between renowned-Sydneysiders Kaisern Ching from Chefs Gallery and Billy Chong from Ipoh TownThe new café on Smidmore St, is like the little sister to  NanyangTeaClub.In 2018, these two reputable teams joined to work on their first new restaurant, NanyangTeaClub at Market City’s 1909 Dining Precinct. The team created a dining experience that isn’t just centred around the food but designed a sensory exploration that encapsulates it all. They enjoyed marrying dishes with the traditional art form of tea drinking as well as mocktails and cocktails.  
Like many, both founders have missed travelling to their respective homelands during the past fifteen months. When the opportunity came up to be a part of the new dining precinct at the re-developed site at Marrickville Metro, they were excited to create their unique Nanyang Malaya Café concept. 
The Nanyang Malaya Café transports patrons to the early British Colonial days of Singapore, known as British Malaya. It was the birthplace of Kopitiam café, a culinary fusion of Hainanese migrants and Malaya people adopting their British employers’ cooking style. Billy and Kaisern each have fond memories of eating with their parents as children at these cafés, where they were greeted with the smell of freshly brewed coffee while devouring their cultural dish of Kaya Toast made from coconut jam and butter served with ultra-soft eggs. 

Tapping into Sydney’s laid-back breakfast culture, Nanyang Malaya Café feature Australian breaky dishes that have been reinterpreted with Malaya cultural favourite flavours such as Asam Smash Avocado toast, a Breakfast Burger with rendang slow-cooked beef encased in an egg omelette  and their signature Singapore Crab Chilli Sauce drizzled on a soft-shell crab croissant filled with scrambled eggs. 
 Kaisern and Billy have valued telling their personal and cultural stories through food and giving that experiential moment to their customers. This is how they have always connected with the community and now then want to bring this to Marrickville. 
Nanyang Malaysia Café supports local producers to plate up their Malaya Cuisines. Brickfields is their breakfast bakery supplier, while award-winning coffee roasters Vella Nero have created an exclusive Nanyang coffee blend. Young Henrys, IPA and Stayers will be served whenever customers feel like a coldie. Future collaborations will be updated on their website.