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We all want to take some time from home to see the sights and travel the world, but there’s always a part of us that will always crave to be home, especially when it comes to food. Malaysians and food to go together like nasi lemak and ikan bilis, so much so that we have countless eateries that are open 24-hours a day! If you’re thinking of travelling overseas but fear homesickness, let ShopBack introduce you to a few cities where you can find authentic Malaysian food with ease.

Melbourne — PappaRich

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This famous homegrown eatery has managed to travel all the way to Melbourne, and we’re so thankful for it. If you’re ever in the land of the kangaroos, you can take comfort that Malaysian food is simple to find. With over 20 PappaRich outlets around the city and its suburbs, satisfying a random craving for home-cooking won’t be a challenge. Although a tad more expensive than we’re used to back home (with a plate of nasi lemak costing upwards of RM35), it’s nothing compared to the taste of the familiar.

Address: Level 2, Shop 11, QV Square, QV Building, Melbourne, VIC 3000.

Boston — Penang Malaysian Cuisine

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In the land of the free and the home of the brave, Malaysian food can be a hard find, especially in the smaller cities. However, if you’re ever in Boston (or West Covina, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, to name a few), be sure to visit Penang Malaysian Cuisine if you’re in the mood for something that tastes like home. With accolades from publication like PAPER Magazine, NY Times, and Gourmet Magazine, this restaurant is definitely one to check out.

Address: 685 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

London — Malaysia Hall Canteen

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Jumping across the pond to the United Kingdom, our commonwealth ally is a popular destination for Malaysian students and tourists, creating a booming Malaysian community in the country. Arguably, the most famous and popular local establishment in London is the Malaysia Hall Canteen. From the wide variety of home-cooked food to the jabbering of familiar accents and languages, you are bound to feel like you’ve just been transported back home!

Address: 30-34 Queensborough Terrace, London W2 3ST, United Kingdom.

Paris — Nasi Lemak Paris

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Unlike the other eateries on this list, Nasi Lemak Paris doesn’t have a physical shop. Started by three young entrepreneurs, this “eatery” offers you local cuisine with a door-to-door delivery-by-order service. Although the business’ name says nasi lemak, it was expanded to a large range of local food, from chicken rice to pulut kuning. With prices ranging from an affordable €6 to a reasonable €10, this is your one stop for a taste of home in Paris.

Instagram: @nasilemakparis

Tokyo — Malay Asian Cuisine

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We all love Japanese food – from sushi and sashimi to ramen and gyoza, Japan’s food culture rivals our own – but there are times when the taste of something familiar brings a feeling that is unbeatable. For those looking to travel to Tokyo, not to worry, in the heart of the city’s Shibuya district, sits Malay Asian Cuisine. The restaurant, with its walls covered by Malaysian tourism campaigns and the flag of Malaysia, is infinitely welcoming and boasts a large menu!

Address: 2-9-9 Shibuya | 2F ANWA Aoyama Bldg., Shibuya 150-0002, Tokyo Prefecture


There’s no need to worry about finding local food if you’re ever traveling overseas. With so many cities, across multiple continents, that have local cuisine available, you can be sure to have your craving satisficed. Can’t wait to travel to one of these cities? Book your flight through ShopBack and receive cashback for every cent you spend!