"new good taste" malaysian
- jen kalb Apr 11, 1999 10:48 PM
I've posted before about this tiny place at 1 Doyers Street; used to be named No. 1 Delicious. Marquee dish seems to be Hainan chicken, poached chicken served alongside chicken-flavored rice, garnished with coriander and cuke slices with chili-ginger sauce to dip. About half of the patrons have it and it IS delicious. We also like the water spinach with fish paste, watercress, bean sprouts with dried fish, beancurd dishes, noodles (various), esp the broad rice version, curries, sate and fish. They do an excellent job in their limited range. Has somewhat irregular hours; NOT a late night spot.
re: Gary Cheong
when we have had the Hainan chicken, it has always
been a part of a larger meal, and served without the
scoop of rice - so I can't opine, until I remember to
order it "correctly". But what we see served out to
patron after patron looks golden and delicious. Is the
dish worth ordering at Nyonya? What else there do you
re: jonathan gold
You are right - I think we have in the past ordered
from the "wrong" menu line - so we got the 1/2
chicken,(wonderful by the way), hacked up, with
garnishes, and not the chicken and rice combo, which,
as you say, is the classic dish, and was being eaten
by about half of the restaurant's patrons Saturday
re: jen kalb
This is one dish that is worth ordering at Nyonya.
The chicken rice there is excellent and tastes REALLY
close to what I had growing up in Singapore. Jonathan
Gold's right -- the rice is the important component of
With the Penang family's resources stretched out so
thin (like their roti canai) over so many restaurants,
things can get inconsistent. These are the dishes I
usually order at Nyonya -- the Hainan chicken rice,
roti canai, the Nyonya rojak (with thick black pungent
shrimp paste, it's an acquired taste), chow kway teow,
mee siam, beef rendang, and the crispy spicy squid. I
generally stay away from the more expensive seafood
BTW Jen, did you get the email I sent you over the
weekend? I'll re-send if you didn't get it.
re: Gary Cheong
That's "Good New Taste". I had the chicken rice
yesterday. Short long-grain rice (if that makes
sense) with what I would consider from a western
perspective a very mild chicken flavor. The broth
served alongside was good but bland - guess I am a
salt addict. In restrospect, the way I had the chicken
before (it was served with a little soy/sesame oil, as
well as the chile ginger sauce, coriander etc.)over
the chicken seems a little tastier.
re: jen kalb
Did you just order the rice alone, without the chicken
this time? Sounds like the rice needed the chicken
and the soy and chili sauce together to make an impact
for you. When the rice is perfect, you can just eat
that without the chicken (I prefer to add a little of
the chili sauce to the rice). Now go and try the rice
at Nyonya -- I have a feeling that Nyonya's chicken
rice is superior to Good New Taste's.
re: Gary Cheong
Hi everybody! I have never posted an entry before but
have enjoyed reading all your
reviews/recommendations/comments since I came across
this site a few months ago. Thank you - it's been
very informative. :-)
Since coming to nyc/US 8 months ago I've been on the
lookout for a good Malaysian/Singaporean restaurant
and decided to try Good New Taste Restaurant last
month after reading a review in these pages.
Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed. My test
of a Malaysian restaurant is the hainanese chicken
rice, which is almost comfort food for me. The
chicken I was served was tough and flavourless. The
rice, which is crucial to the meal, was plain white
rice. If it had been cooked in stock, I certainly
couldn't taste it. As for the ginger/chilli sauce, it
was watered-down bottled chilli sauce. The soup was
bland, as Jen Kalb said. My friend ordered a nasi
lemak which was also disappointing - plain white rice
(no taste of coconut milk at all) served with cold
chicken curry and 2 huge slices of cucumber.
To make it worse, I was NOT impressed with the service
either. I watched in amazement as the woman behind
the counter literally grabbed a customers arm as he
was leaving and shouted at him because he hadnt left
a tip. The poor chap could hardly understand her, and
she pulled him back to the table and told him that he
had to leave some money on the table. Yikes.
But back to the food...perhaps I am over-critical and
perhaps I should have sampled the bak-kut-teh which
was the item originally recommended here, but I would
stick to Nyonya or Penang (although some of the
branches seem pretty dicey) or Malaysia Restaurant
(which is close by to the Good New Taste and serves a
far, far better hainanese chicken rice and a good roti
canai, amongst other things!)
Thank you to the folks who recommended Patria (loved
it) and Chowpatty! Cant wait to try out all the other
Sorry if this is way too long verbal diarrhoea has a
way of communicating itself in the written medium!
Hi Anita -- welcome to Chowhound. Please post when
ever you want.
I can understand where you are coming from about how
disappointed you were at GNT. Since you have left (I
assume Malaysia) only 8 months ago, you still remember
very well what what "very good" tastes like.
I'm always on the lookout for some other alternative
to Nyonya/Penang, so if you find any please post it
"I'll eventually get to the stage where I can hold a private conversation with someone in a public place and not feel self-conscious about the people listening in!"
It's even less private than that, Anita! At any given moment, someone out of the blue may even pipe in and interrupt! But I really like knowing that at any given moment someone we'd not heard from before (for every active poster there are thousands of silent "lurkers") might inject a bit of information that will change my life!
Also, I caught your apology to Jen elsewhere in this thread; listen, while politeness is a virtue, dissenting opinions--even ADAMENTLY dissenting opinons!--are what makes these boards useful and entertaining. So I'd invite you (and anyone else) to pitch in ANYTIME with an opinion, even if the person posting seems intimidatingly knowledgable.
I second Gary's welcome, by the way. It's a shame that my attention is so divided and I can't personally welcome all new faces here...
re: Gary Cheong
I am surprised at your experience with the chicken -
the chicken itself has always been delicious in my
experience. Hate to think that my posting on this site
might have affected the ecology at GNT for the worse.
To get the chicken rice (admittedly not the most full-
flavored) rather than white, you have to order off the
over-rice menu. I had the nasi lemak more than a year
ago - it had more components then, including a warm
curry, egg and fried fishes, altho I agree, no
coconut in the rice. As for the service, it has
always been brusque and unpolished but increasingly
cordial. Our experience at GNT has been better than at
Malaysia and Indonesia Rest. up the street, although
admittedly the latter has a more extensively Malaysian
memo and the roti canai is good. In particular we were
disappointed in vegetable dishes, such as kangkung, at
Malaysia, and thought that the flavors were fresher
and brighter at NGT where we have had generally good
experiences with fish, beancurd, noodle and veg
dishes. Nyonya is better overall than either of the
above places, but we don't always want a mob scene.
Sorry if my post led to a disappointing experience.
re: Jen Kalb
Hi Jen, I did order the over rice chicken!
I hope I didnt inadvertently offend you I did
appreciate your recommendation, as I do all the other
recommendations on these pages. I must have just
caught GNT on a bad day.
Btw, the Malaysia Restaurant I referred to is in an
arcade on Bowery Street between Canal and Bayard (?).
I dont recall Indonesia in its name. Are we
talking about the same place? If yes oops, just
ignore me! If no may I have the address please?
Hey, Anita, its great to have you on board. I was
just sorry you had a disappointing meal.
I was referring in my note to The Malaysia and
Indonesia Restaurant which is up at the top of Doyers
and not to the restaurant in the arcade, which must be
the oldest malaysian restaurant in Chinatown. Thanks
for making recommendations there. I'll enjoy hearing
more of your thoughts.
I love their soup! Never got to the Hainan Chicken
(I've been there about 5 times but always when the
weather was very cold; in that situation I go straight
for the soup.) Now that it's warming up I'll have to
go back there and try the rest of the menu.
i love nyonya. we had dinner there on saturday night and were seated at a large table with a malaysian family whoe were just back from 6 weeks in their homeland. they said the food in malaysia is so much better than anything here. and they also said the best malaysian restaurant in the new york area was a place called "Curry Leaf" in Queens. Anyone tried it? Is it worth the trip from Manhattan?