Marcel Nantharath and Aline Viravouth (NL House in Carlton) have opened another Malaysian restaurant in Northcote. Merah means 'red' in Malay, and also the colour of sambal - the chilli condiment that's a staple in Malaysian cuisine. Merah produces their three types of sambal in-house - the traditional sambal comes from a four-generation old recipe....

It’s dark and moody, decked out with plastic cherry blossoms, red lanterns and a variety of other kitsch decorations. Welcome to Rice Queen. The menu leans heavily towards snacks and shared dining, picking from various Asian cuisines, such as Korean, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese. The food has plenty of flavour, from the ...

You don't see bak kut teh in restaurants very often here, but Sugarbun has been happily pumping out claypots of the pork-based herbal soup for the last three years. Twins Francesca and Fiorn Lee are still the owners of its reincarnation, Aunty Franklee, which features fresh wallpaper and a new menu. Their signature bak kut teh is still, of course, on the menu....