It felt kind of strange to meet my Japanese friends from the time in Brunei over clay pot tofu and assam curry fish head in the middle of Tokyo. So much memories of Borneo came back to me just by browsing the familiar names of the food on the menu.

Rasa Malaysia, a halal Malaysian cuisine restaurant in Ginza has been in business for more than 20 years! Even the former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir has visited the restaurant. You will see his photo on the menu book.

To start our lunch, we ordered chicken satay (skewered chicken served with peanut sauce) and clay pot tofu (tofu and vegetables and chicken braised in a thick sauce). After that we had assam curry fish head (spicy and sour curry without coconut milk), rice, and char kway teow (stir-fried flat rice noodles). For dessert, we had deep-fried banana spring rolls (LOVE THIS!).


Clay pot tofu

Each dish reminded me of some memories related to it, like how we had to order a takeaway lunch on Fridays because the restaurants would be closed for prayer on Fridays, and that my colleague (Ms.J) was eating clay pot tofu all the time, it was her favorite Friday lunch. I would have it once in a while, too. It was the kind of dish I’d choose when I wanted something with fewer calories and fat compared to other local food.

The satays reminded me of the trip to Kalimantan. My favorite satay I had in Borneo was the one I had in a satay stall in, I think it was Samarinda. I loved their peanut sauce. My friend N who I went to the trip with couldn’t resist eating the satay with the peanut sauce despite the fact he is slightly allergic to peanut. He was coughing hard lol. I had searched for similar satay in Japan but had failed few times. But this time, I liked it!! Nyaman!

Assam curry fish head

Assam curry fish head



Char kway teow

So, this restaurant is a good place to go if you miss Malaysia or Borneo. The location is good. It’s very close to the UNIQLO shop in Ginza.

*They serve alcohol but the food are halal.

Rasa Malaysia
8F Ginza Five-Star Bldg., 5-8-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station: Ginza Sation

Written by mochi-tomo