Introduction of KAYA post

kaya post pic

“Boss! Kopi satu, roti kaya dua, dan satu telur separuh masak !”

“Makan sini atau mau tapau?”

A typical Malaysian breakfast is the perfect combination to start your ordinary morning, extraordinarily. Malaysians who are staying in Japan may find it hard impossible to have this kind of breakfast but hey, let’s キックスタート! the day together by sharing the sweetness and crunchiness of thoughts by our fellow Zai-Nichi-Malaysians.


Allow us to introduce our new: “Kaya Post”.

Rather than calling it simply a “bulletin”, an “article” or a “report”, “Kaya Post” is here for the purpose of sharing, expressing and voice out the minds and hearts of Malaysians who have had their share of experience here in Japan.

Just like how we believe that everyone should have a taste of Kaya, we believe that those on the net ought have a taste of our “Kaya Post”!


Through Kaya Post, interesting stories of our events, wonderful experiences will be shared here !

Stay tuned with MSAJ and we hope our little story will bring you a little joyness and some food for thought !


Have any comments/questions about this initiative? Please share your thoughts via our contact form:

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Malaysian Food in Japan: Malay Asian Cuisine

Dear Malaysian students in Japan, when was the last time you tasted original locally made Malaysian food?? We believe that many Malaysian students who are studying here in Japan miss our local Malaysia food very much!!

Unlike Thailand/Vietnam/Korean food, Malaysian Restaurants are so scarce and limited in the Tokyo Area. Whenever we crave for Malaysia Food, what we can mostly do is to cook for ourselves with the spices/flavorings that we brought from our homeland, Malaysia (I can only cook Maggie Mee Ayam at home T.T )

So, the Web System Crew of MSAJ is planning to write a comprehensive guide of Malaysian Food around Tokyo Area. Today, the first Malaysian Restaurant we wanna introduce you is … Tadaaa ~

Original Local Malaysian taste at Malay Asian Cuisine @ Shibuya!
Malay Asian Cuisine

Malay Asian Cuisine Website
Malay Asian Cuisine Facebook

Unlike the typical (the traditional kampong style like straw mats, bamboo chairs, emphasizing on the nature of Malaysia) , Malay Asian Cuisine’s interior is rather similar to the modern Izakaya style which is very comfortable .

DSC01236 DSC01237Interior of Malay Asian Cuisine: Modern Relaxing Style

Ok let’s not waste time, let’s look at what kind of Malaysian food that Malay Asia Cuisine offer:
DSC01246Malaysian Asian Cuisine’s temporary menu (when MSAJ crew visited) You can see the prices are totally affordable for students <3 (well, of course it cost more if you order drinks)

Food recommendations by the shop manager, Joe

The traditional Ayam Rendang that Malaysian mothers like to cook

Also our all-time favorite –The Black Pepper Beef <3


This Roti Canai is really ALIKE with the ones we can eat at Malaysia


Not to forget some Chinese food, Roast Chicken (p/s: instead of the meat, the chili sauce is the essential point of the whole dish!!)DSC01262
After the delicious main dishes, not to forget their homemade taste, Pandan Cake!!
DSC01263Are you starving already??

MSAJ Crews overall review of the dining experience at Malay Asian Cuisine :

1) Authentic Original Taste of Malaysian Food
The MSAJ web system crew was really delighted and touched when we tasted the food! The food they served really tasted like the taste of homeland food. Almost no difference and some even tasted better than the food we can get at Malaysia. If you want to introduce your friends from other countries of what REAL Malaysian food is, or sometimes when you crave for original Malaysian food but have nowhere else to go, Malay Asian Cuisine is definitely the best place to visit ♡ I personally like the roti canai (well, the portion was inadequate though)

2) Serves some rare Malaysian Dishes
Beside serving some mainstream dishes such as Nasi Goreng , Nasi Lemak , Sate etc… Malay Asian Cusine also provides many quite a number of unique dishes such as Roast Duck, Satay Rendang Pizza( Wow this doesn’t even exist in Malaysia), Paper chicken (The one we can find in Pasar Malam), Pulut Panggang etc.. How about trying new Malaysian food outside of Malaysia?

3) Spacious and clean: Comfortable atmosphere for a whole night long
Malaysia Asian Cuisine is a restaurant newly opened in January 2014. Its concept and interior is quite modern. For me, it is quite suitable for people to gather and chit chat for the whole night long. It is also very spacious, so you can enter the restaurant with a whole gang of friends without worrying about insufficient seats (of course it’s better to call and reserve your seats beforehand)

MSAJ Overall Review  ( 5 stars max)

Taste of Food ★★★★
Originality of Food ★★★★★
Food Portion ★★★
Price ★★★
Atmosphere ★★★★

DSC01277Not forget to mention that all food served in Malaysian Asian Cuisine is HALAL!!

That’s all for our first review on dining at Malaysian Food Restaurants in Tokyo!! We hope you find this post useful for you!!
Stay tuned for our next review on other Malaysian restaurants that you can find around Tokyo Area!!

Prepared by,
MSAJ Web System Crew
Fish & Chen Zhun

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Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza

A Diverse Choice of Cuisines from Multi-Ethnic Malaysia at Rasa Malaysia

By Calvin Ong

Malaysian cuisine is unique from other places in the world as the ingredients used in most of the dishes in Malaysia are a mixture of multiple ethnic influences. Oyster sauce is used in Chinese cuisine, cumin and turmeric in Indian cuisine, and coconut milk in Malay cuisine. At Rasa Malaysia, Ginza, everyone can enjoy a wide variety of authentic Malaysian cuisine, from fried food using spicy chilly to soup made of tofu and plum.

Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza is located at the 8th Floor of Five Star Building, a few steps away from the main Chuo-dori street in Ginza, Tokyo (see map below). The interior of the restaurant is distinctly Malaysian with batik cloths and Malaysian Tourism posters hanging up on the wooden-slab walls. The cook and the waitress are Malaysians and the service is just like any other typical Japanese restaurants – always courteous and friendly. One interesting fact worth mentioning is that the waitress, clad beautifully in kebaya to further enhance the Malaysian feel in the place, speaks fluent English, Malay, Mandarin and of course Japanese, to cater the different backgrounds of the customers to the restaurant.

Mr Tam Yun Tong, who was a Malaysian private student in Japan, and formerly the President of the Malaysian Students’ Association in Japan (MSAJ) during his student’s years is the owner of Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza restaurant. The aim of this restaurant is to give the Malaysians to reminisce the food to taste just like their mom’s home-cooked dishes, while for the Japanese to be able to enjoy the flavour and smell of authentic Malaysian cuisine even while in Japan, every time they dine at Rasa Malaysia.

There is a wide selection of dishes offered on the menu from different locations in Malaysia. This means it is a great place for sampling the various popular cuisines from different regions, under one roof. One of the recommended cuisines at Rasa Malaysia is the spicy Nyonya dishes, which uses mainly Chinese ingredients but blends them with Malay spices such as coconut milk, lemon grass, chillies and sambal. Among the famous food one can find in this restaurant are as follow.

Malacca style Fried Fish with Nyonya Sauce (¥1400)
Fried white fish served with Nyonya sauce, prepared from a combination of lemon grass and lime.

KL Chinatown style Boiled Wanton (¥800)
Boiled wanton, made of shrimp, shiitake and garlic chives and served with a special sauce and coriander.

Kajang Satay (Malay style yakitori) (¥800 for 4 sticks)
One of the most popular Malaysian food, served with peanut sauce.

Johor style Sautéed Anchovy with Chilly (¥800)
Dried anchovy fried with peanuts, onions. A great choice during summer, taken together with beer and lemon.

Bubur Cha-Cha (¥500)
A Nyonya desert of sweet potato, yam and tapioca pearls, in a coconut milk soup base that contains pumpkin.

Mango Pudding (¥600)
A desert, which is rich in mango flavour and topped with longan, suitable for 2 to 3 people.

Sarawak style Sautéed Beef with Black Pepper (¥1400)
A combination of beef and the spicy black pepper the main production of Sarawak.

Ipoh style Claypot Rice (¥1400)
Chicken, shiitake and rice cooked in claypot.

In general, the dishes were perfectly fine for someone who has never been exposed to Malaysian cuisine, which refers to most of the Japanese patrons. The good in Rasa Malaysia, like most of the Asian restaurants in Malaysia has been modified to be less robust, spicy and greasy than the real thing, to suit the taste bud of the Japanese. For Japanese and people who have never tried Malaysian cuisine, this place is definitely a good introduction to Malaysian food.

From the Malaysia’s map that decorates the wall of the restaurant, one can learn and understand more about the culture of each place while enjoying the dishes. A great choice to have a “mini vacation” to Malaysia along the colourful street of Ginza, in the heart of Tokyo.

In collaboration with the “Project Restaurant” between the Malaysian Students’ Association in Japan (MSAJ) and Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza, we are very pleased to inform all Malaysian students in Japan that Rasa Malaysia is having a promotion as stated below:

“Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza will present a 15% discount for total expenses above ¥5,000 and 10% discount for total expenses below ¥5,000”
This promotion is valid for all food and beverages, except promotional & course menus.
This promotion is valid for cash payment only.
Please provide your MSAJ membership card upon checking in.”

Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza
8th Floor, Ginza Five Star Building, Ginza 5-8-13, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Tel & Fax: 03-3289-1668
Nearest subway station: Tokyo Metro Ginza station (Exit A3), walking 1 minute.
* Operates all year-round, including lunch. Reservations are recommended for dinner.

銀座 ラサ マレーシア
〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座5-8-13
Tel & Fax: 03-3289-1668
最寄り:地下鉄銀座駅A3出口 徒歩1分