To put it bluntly, their basic decor isn’t going to win any prizes but their excellent value Malaysian food might. During our meal we shared a bench with a pair of Malaysian students who live by Jalan Malaysia yet had travelled to the other side of the city to eat Wok-ker Shaker’s food.
A couple of mugs of Teh Tarik (Malaysian tea - £1.50) were everything they should be - strong, creamy and sweet.
Beef kuey teow (£4.95) combined tender, thick rice noodles flecked with soft steak, peppers, onions, carrots, beansprouts and omelette. A light soy based sauce and scattering of spring onions pepped up the excellent plate.
Nasi Lemak (£3.95) was a very good example of the Malaysian classic. Light, sticky coconut fragranced rice was joined by a sweet and spicy chilli paste, crispy dried anchovies and peanuts, cucumber, a half boiled egg and a spiced lightly-battered chicken wing. An additional portion of chicken rendang (£1.50) was a thunderingly good combination of yielding meat and a deeply spiced coconut based sauce.
Nasi Ayam (£4.95) combined first rate fried chicken (boneless thigh meat in a black pepper spiked crumb) with second rate rice which was heady with chicken stock but was leaning towards the dry-side.
Bowls of fiery chilli sauce and comforting chicken broth tied the dish together.
I like Wok-ker Shaker a lot. It's another of Cardiff's hidden gems which definitely deserves a visit.
Address - Wok-ker Shaker, 8 Tudor Street, Cardiff CF11 6AF
Telephone - 029 2034 1918