25 May Cheeky Chewies – Asian Inspired Cafe
Cheeky Chewies is of two worlds. One side appeals to the Aussie larrikin: chicken wings, burgers and parmas. The other side, journeys to the east. Brother and sister team, open a cafe where east meets West. Funnily enough, Cheeky Chewies’ choice of location is far West – in Laverton, where mentions of Nasi Lemak might draw puzzled looks. Admittedly, the only time I’ve visited Laverton was to eat jam doughnuts and to fix a broken phone screen at a questionable ‘electronics’ stall. A quick scan of the unassuming street – draws my eye to a singular Thai restaurant and funnily enough a Korean grocer? No doubt, locals have welcomed Cheeky Chewies with open arms.
A conversation with the owner, reveals a Malaysian heritage. Unsurprising, when you taste the authenticity of the Nasi Lemak and the Laksa. Traditionally, you’d eat these dishes in a dirty hawker stall. In Malaysia, it’s hot, slightly stinky and you question whether salmonella is the ‘special ingredient’. But you don’t care, because it’s tasty and unrefined. At Cheeky Chewies, you’re eating at a typical cafe setup: hanging succulents, bright pops of yellow and a play area for the kiddies.
At Cheeky Chewies, the Nasi Lemak hones on traditional flavours – succulent chicken rendang, punchy sambal and crispy anchovies. The Omelette is Thai-inspired, filled with pork mince. A tad on the dry side, with a spicy kick. The laksa is served in a cute teapot, warmed by candlelight. The vermicelli and yellow rice noodles, waiting for the warm embrace of laksa broth. The broth arrives in a river of yellow, spicy and creamy, balanced and fragrant. YASSS, somewhere I can get a good laksa besides Laksa King!
Parma and chips.. no thanks. The strength of Cheeky Chewies lies in the Asian flavours. Let’s hope they focus on their strengths, because I’m a Mamak freak.
Hungrycookie dined courtesy of Cheeky Chewies Cafe. All opinions are strictly my own. This review was written on behalf of the AGFG.
Cheeky Chewies Cafe
18 Aviation Road