Malaysian museums have never been gastronomic attractions (with the exception of the Islamic Arts Museum), but Chef Adu Amran could help change that - the previously London-based MasterChef Malaysia personality has launched a hideout filled with family heirlooms at the National Textile Museum, reflecting his love for fabrics. The Canteen is a cocoon of curious calm in the afternoon, belying the bustle of traffic outside Merdeka Square, with strains of Edith Piaf soaring over the cafe's speakers.
The Canteen's repertoire represents both the contemporary & the classic - the nasi kerabu salad features brown & red rice, simultaneously creamy but wholesome-tasting, tinged with herbs & a tangy-spicy dressing with notes of salted eggs, fish sauce & lime (RM22). Chef Adu also takes pride in his roti canai tortilla, grilled with a centre of curried mango mayo, cheddar & mozzarella (RM18) - a playful recipe he created in 1994 & has served at his outlets Champor-Champor in London & Langkawi.
Adu's from Johor, so it's no surprise to see long-time southern favourites here - Mee Bandung Muar (RM12; egg noodles blanketed with a rich, sweet-savoury gravy flavoured with dried prawns & brisket stock), Laksa Johor & Soto Johor. But finish with more fusion - the onde-onde cake topped with pandan kaya macarons (RM12) looks like an excessive indulgence, but it's the kind of unabashedly luscious cake that may make you feel six years old again. Wash down with Johor-roasted coffee.
The Canteen by Chef Adu
National Textile Museum, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 9am-6pm
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