Skyway Malaysian (On Allen and Canal)
After reading Robert Sietsema's glowing review of Skyway in the Village Voice this week, I decided to check it out for myself last night and already I can't wait to go back! Had the fried pearl noodles which were savory and delicous -- chewy rice noodles with pork and shrimp in a sauce made with soy. The mango chicken was a bit cloying, though I suppose it always is, but it was satisfying and used nice pieces of chicken. We also had some sort of steamed spring roll appetizer which was filled with lettuce and peanuts and was pretty tasty.
All in all, their food is really well-prepared, and not greasy or heavy at all. The one thing I did notice is that the food was not as spicy as Sietsema claimed in his review, but maybe that was just what we ordered. And the menu is huge, so there's lots of room for experimentation.
If anyone else goes, report back on your visits. I am no Malaysian food connisseur so it would be great to get recommendations for both traditional and unusual dishes they do well.
No doubt. The prices are wildly cheap too, especially for manhattan. I liked the "lady fingers", okra in a chili and shrimp paste-based belacan paste. Visited about six weeks ago.
if you look at the malaysian food thread currently active on this board, you'll find a lot of discussion (favorable) of skyway.
re: spiciness, the dishes that you ordered aren't supposed to be hot as far as i know.
"We also had some sort of steamed spring roll appetizer which was filled with lettuce and peanuts and was pretty tasty."
This place is great, definitely the best Malaysian food I have had. Will be back.
But: Don't get that horrible Chinese beer (not TsingTao--the one from the mainland). Next time I will ask and if that is the only beer they have, I will stick with watermelon juice (excellent).
Also our server seemed to want to sell us a fish I was guessing because it is pricey--might be good, but we wanted to try other stuff which we did.
All excellent (confirming sietsma et al): baby oyster omelette, squid with special sauce, crispy squid (the crunchy appetizer), satay, nasi lemak, kang kung belacan, hand-rolled noodles. Mango chicken was sweet with nice fresh mango but best for kids or as a mild dish. They didn't spice our stuff much at all (caucasians with kids) so I would recommend asking for extra spicy.
They do this dish at Penang in Philly's Chinatown (not related to the mediocre Penangs in NYC), and this was just as good--the squid is fried somehow to make it hard and crunchy, with a sweet/sour/spicy glaze. Perfect bar snack. We got it off the app menu, was the entree like that?