KCH 古晉, North Perth

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.

KCH 古晉

41/10 Angove Street
North Perth
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

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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