The Malayan Council: Your Go-To Spot For Malay Cuisine With A Western Touch


Ili •  Mar 18, 2021

If you’re an avid foodie who’s familiar with the hotspots of halal restaurants in Singapore, chances are you’ve heard of The Malayan Council. No stranger to the food scene, this longtime eatery is well-loved among locals and it’s not hard to see why. With a wide range of delicious dishes and desserts, it’s the place to be for a great meal. Plus, their casual ambience makes it an awesome hangout spot for family and friends! 

Read on to find out how The Malayan Council came to be and some of the yummy things they have in store ?

The story behind The Malayan Council 

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The Malayan Council made its debut back in August 2015 by introducing its first outlet in Dunlop. Armed with a small budget and great passion, the restaurant was one of the very few Muslim eateries in the area and happened to be the first to introduce Malay fusion food which helped them establish a name amongst the locals. On top of that, the restaurant was located near a mosque, making it a convenient choice for Muslim diners. 

Two years later, the second outlet was born in Bussorah and unlike their experience with the first outlet, the area was a flourishing scene for halal cafes and restaurants - even till this day! So it’s really no surprise that this particular spot has remained to be the busiest ever since it opened its doors four years ago.

While The Malayan Council has successfully become a household name, they wanted to take things a step further by venturing beyond the halal food game. In August 2019, the latest outlet in Winstedt was opened as a wedding venue. That’s right - they’ve hosted over 20 weddings in 2020 alone and as the pandemic continues to recover, we can only imagine how many more weddings they’ll be throwing this year! To find out more, read till the end to see what their Winstedt outlet is all about. 

Signature dishes at The Malayan Council

Are you a first-timer at The Malayan Council? If the answer’s yes, don’t worry - we’ve got you covered! From appetizing starters and main courses to delectable desserts, keep reading to check out what are some of the signature dishes you have to try the next time you swing by the eatery ?  

1. Malayan Wings 

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While you can’t go wrong with any of the items off their menu, one of the must-try dishes at The Malayan Council is their Malayan Wings ($15). There’s no better way to kick start your meal here than with this dish and anyone who appreciates a good chicken wing will no doubt fall in love at first bite. So get ready to sink your teeth into tender, juicy wings that are perfectly marinated in kicap chilli padi and experience a burst of flavours.  

2. Smoked Duck Lemak Chilli Padi

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It’s no secret that finding halal smoked duck in Singapore can be pretty challenging. If you’ve been searching high and low all this while, you can now rest easy knowing that The Malayan Council serves a mean Smoked Duck Lemak Chilli Padi ($29). Deemed as the all time favourite signature dish, you can look forward to savouring a juicy smoked duck breast punctuated with a sweet-salty unagi sauce. It’s a dish that will delight any foodie, especially if you’re a huge fan of pastas.

4. Roti Kirai Beef Ribs

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Need something a little heavier? Say hello to another one of their signature dishes - the Roti Kirai Beef Ribs ($39). Featuring braised short beef ribs glazed with a homemade secret ingredient, this is one dish you don’t want to miss. It also comes served with roti kirai, making it a super hearty meal that’ll fill your stomach nicely. 

4. Classic Ondeh Ondeh Cake

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There’s nothing like a mouthwatering dessert to top your meal off and The Malayan Council’s Classic Ondeh Ondeh Cake ($9.50) is the perfect choice for that. With a moist pandan cake base layered with Gula Melaka bits and coconut drizzle, everything about this dessert simply hits the spot. As if all of that wasn’t delicious enough, it’s also frosted with a coconut chantilly cream! For those with a sweet tooth, get ready for a decadent treat that’ll take your taste buds to cloud nine. Even if you’re not the biggest cake lover, this one will definitely do the trick.

P.S. Don’t forget to visit The Fortune Cookie - their sister outlet located just opposite The Malayan Council in Bussorah. Offering Chinese fusion cuisine, check out our article to find out more about The Fortune Cookie and all the yummy dishes that await you

The Malayan Council at Winstedt: A wedding venue for your special day

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Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding and at The Malayan Council’s Winstedt outlet, it’s possible! Offering a one-of-a-kind space that features floor-to-ceiling windows and a breathtaking interior, this exclusive spot is designed to create lifetime memories for every potential couple on their special day.  

On top of that, the space can comfortably fit up to 100 pax while maintaining physical distancing. This means overcrowding won’t be a problem and every family member, extended relative and close friend can be present on that special day - no need to leave anyone off the guest list ? If you’re on the lookout for a wedding venue, go ahead and bookmark this spot. Or if you know someone who’s getting married, share this and let them know about it!

Halal status: Muslim-owned 



Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-11PM (kitchen closed at 10.30PM)

Address: 71 Bussorah St, Singapore 199484

Contact: +65 9009 7345


Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-11PM (kitchen closed at 10.30PM)

Address: 22 Dunlop St, Singapore 209350

Contact: +65 9002 4414


Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-11PM

Address: 10 Winstedt Rd, Singapore 227977

Contact: +65 8202 2971

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