ccwok, North Melbourne

MELBOURNE | Cecilia Chuah started ccwok in July 2019, cooking the home style Kedah and Penang dishes she enjoyed growing up in her hometown of Alor Setar, Malaysia. At the time Cecilia had a day job in sales, running ccwok out of her home kitchen for orders and delivery.

Throughout the pandemic and to this day Cecilia, her husband, Chai Lim, daughter Shanice, and a few other volunteers have also been cooking food for Melbourne’s homeless, serving around 100 meals to the needy every Tuesday near Queen Victoria Market.

Word about Cecilia’s food and selfless deeds spread, ccwok grew in popularity, the menu expanded, and in November last year, it opened as a bricks and mortar restaurant.

The menu is small but with a lot of variety, focusing on the dishes that Cecilia likes to cook and eat. There’s things like Assam laksa, nasi leak, lor mee, curry mee, and chicken rice. There’s also an assortment of savoury and sweet kuih, curry puffs, kaya toast, and a variety of Malaysian drinks.

I thoroughly enjoyed everything that I ordered, especially the wonderfully fragrant curry mee with a mix of yellow noodle and vermicelli, served with sambal squid, fried tofu puff, bean sprout and green beans.

I’m looking forward to finishing the chai kuih (dumplings of stir-fried cabbage, radish, carrot, dried shrimp wrapped in chewy crystal-like skin) that I took away for lunch today, and can’t wait to visit again and try more of the menu.


464 Victoria Street
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051

Telephone: 0411 849 046
E-mail: n/a

Wed – Sun: 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30am to 8:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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