Restaurant Review

Malay Chan – Mother of All the Halal Foods in Japan

Malay Chan

Restaurant’s Mission to Introduce the Halal Food in Japan

Ikebukuro is a gateway for backpackers from overseas who end up falling in love with Japan to settle down as well as for foreign residents who strive to raise awareness of their own cultures among Japanese. The town is a unique mix of diverse range of businesses from large department stores, discount shops, and love hotels around the station. That is the town where you can find Malay Chan to enjoy the atmosphere of another country outside Japan.

Malay Chan authentic Malaysian cuisine

“Many Japanese tourists fall in love with the hawker food in Malaysia, and we try our best to reproduce that here,” says Fukuzawa who manages Malay Chan. The restaurant aspires to serve the authentic Malaysian cuisine. For example, the tapioca noodle in laksa, which is often served in Penang restaurants, is smooth on the throat and creates addictive taste when dipped in the broth with several herbs

Nasi Goreng, a Regular Dish of a Different Class

Nasi Goreng

Fukuzawa, who still visits the Penang Island as many as three times a year, is committed to use the Malaysian ingredients. “Because I started it this way, I have to go all the way. There is no end to it, but that is what I have to do” he says. Fukuzawa goes to the island and buys the ginger flower, which you can’t find in Japan. Nasi Goreng is no longer strange to Japanese, but he uses authentic spices to give complexed tastes and make it a unique dish of the restaurant. The peanut sauce used for the satay is also handmade and has earthy taste. If you want to try an authentic homemade Malaysian food, Malay Chan is a choice that you cannot miss.

Do You Adjust It for Japanese?

Malay Chan interior

What is halal? How do we maintain respect for the religion? This is not about simply avoiding the use of pork. Replicating the original taste will lead to the respect for the halal food. The dish Fukuzawa cooks at the restaurant teaches us a far more important lesson than “adjusting for the Japanese taste.” Fukuzawa says “we have more foreign exchange students, businessmen, and tourists from Muslim countries coming in every year,” which is very understandable. You can learn about a foreign culture while enjoying a delicious meal.

Catering the Malay Food Culture

The restaurant delivers the halal food so Muslim customers can also have a halal meal anywhere outside the restaurant. Orders are coming in from Japanese countries as well, and the restaurant is giving the first exposure of the Malaysian culture.


Reservation starts from 2000 yen per person, and more than 10 people.

Malay Chan

Malay Chan exterior
  • Halal Certificate
  • Halal Meat
  • No Pork
  • Halal Seasoning
  • Halal Meal
  • Vegetarian Meal
  • Muslim Owner
  • Muslim Chef
  • Halal Storage
  • Halal Kitchen/Cutler
  • playerspace
  • Halal Certificate –
  • Halal Meat ◯
  • No Pork ◯
  • Halal Seasoning ◯
  • Halal Meal ◯
  • Vegetarian Meal ◯
  • Muslim Owner –
  • Muslim Chef –
  • Halal Storage –
  • Halal Kitchen/Cutler –
  • Player Space –

Lunch: Tue-Sat 11:00-14:30
Dinner: Mon-Thu 17:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 17:00-24:00, Sun 11:00-23:00
3-22-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo Google Maps
Tel: 03-5391-7638