It was about a couple month ago when I caught wind of an ever-packed Malaysian eatery located on Rundle Place (off Rundle Mall), next to the City Library. On further recollection, I suddenly remembered that I’d walked past there a couple of times on the way to getting my hair cut at De Costa Arcade and didn’t take any notice because if would have been in the morning before it was open. Without much street signage the place was pretty inconspicuous and easy to miss. While trying to come up with a place to have a work team lunch, it came to mind. And that’s how we ended up at Hawker Walker for the first time. As an indication of what I thought about it, I went back there for dinner that same evening. Before I left, I took the opportunity to have a chat with Clarence Chua, an overseas student from Sarawak, as well as part owner.
It all started as a group of Malaysian overseas students (mainly from Sarawak
) missing home and particular the food that their mum’s and grandma’s (Poh-Poh or Ma-Ma) served up, but often took for granted. Their search for genuine home-style Malaysian cuisine in Adelaide to give them a sense of home became a passion. There came a point where they felt that they could do better than what was on offer in and around the city of Adelaide. So together, they pooled all their resources and joined forces with Kenny Ting, an experienced in restauranteur and uncle to one of the group, to start the ball rolling. Add head chef Kenneth Wong and stir-fry specialist John Yong to the mix and Hawker Walker was born. Here’s what you can expect.