PERTH | KCH is the official IATA airport code for Kuching, Malaysia. It’s also the name of one of Perth’s must try Malaysian restaurants, KCH 古晉.
My meal here was the first I had straight off the plane when I arrived back in Perth after just over a year. I’d heard a lot of great things about the place, and boy did it live up to expectations.
It’s owner and operated by Calvin Chong (ex Petition) and his friend Gan, both who hail from Kuching. At their low-key North Perth restaurant, they draw inspiration from their hometown (and wider Malaysia) and childhood, with modern flair inspired by experience working in other kitchens. The result is food that’s comforting and respectful of tradition, but also modern and exciting.
The menu is small, featuring a selection of ‘always on’ favourites and rotating weekly specials. Each special, which is announced on Instagram a few days before hitting the menu, comes with a personal story and a bit of history. Often it’ll be something regional that’s not often seen in Perth.
The menu might be small, but it’s one where you want to order everything. On my visit I tried Mama Chong’s Curry & Rice (fragrant rice, chicken drumstick curry, kaffir lime, Royal Blue potato, potato crisps), Char Kueh Tiaw (flat rice noodles, Chinese sausage, prawns, chciken, egg, spring onion), Baba’s Rice Noodles aka Fried Bee Hoon (rice noodles, curry powder, prawns, char sui, fish cake, chicken, egg, bean sprout, spring onion), and Grandma’s Meat Roll aka Ngo Hiang. All four dishes were outstanding.
For drinks, it’s an assortment of coffee and tea drinks, plus Malaysian canned drinks. All coffee and tea is sourced directly from Kuching. The KCH isn’t licenced, but you can BYO.
41/10 Angove Street
Western Australia 6006
Telephone: (08) 6143 9384
E-mail: [email protected]
Tue: 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Wed – Sun: 10:30am to 2:30pm, 5:00pm to 8:30pm