Looking for tips -- Malaysian
- Jeremy Osner
I've been eating a lot of Malaysian and Indonesian food
lately -- in fact I think that is the cuisine I have
eaten most frequently this winter. I was hoping someone
could give me tips about the etiquette of how to eat
Malaysian. For instance the noodle soups, like asam
laksa and prawn mee -- should I bite the noodles or
slurp them up? Should satay chicken be pushed off the
skewer and eaten with chopsticks, or eaten directly
from the skewer? I tend to make a bit of a mess, and it
embarrasses me slightly -- leaving a messy table to be
Re: Making a mess in Malaysian restaurants--Most of the places I've eaten in expect you to put stuff you can't eat like mussel shells, already-gnawed ribs, etc. right on the table. No bone bowl is provided, and I've seen Malaysians dumping this kind of stuff into the center of the table, where, if you're in a place with good service, it will periodically be swept up. The exception is shrimp shells and heads. You're supposed to eat them, so don't heap them on the table.
re: John Knoesel
My current fave is Proton Saga, on Allen just south of Canal (don't let a cab driver tell you this corner does not exist--it does). The place is militantly Muslim, and the food has some surprising twists over the other Malaysian joints in town, including a slightly greater empahsis on Indian-derived food, like the peanut pancake, which is a paratha stuffed with crushed peanuts. All the sweet-and-sour salads are a degree better than usual, but the ray in its various preparations beats everything else.
re: Robert Sietsema
Are there two different restaurants
on Chrystie St being discussed
Irene Sax reviewed a Chrystie
Village on 95 Chrystie St which is
north of Hester.
Wasn't this place once called
Jen Kalb, you mention a Chrystie
Malaysian on 85 Chrystie, _south_
of Hester? Is that a second place
Don't worry. Many Malaysians (especially ethnic Malays
and Indians) eat everything except soup with their
right hands, anyway. And there's no etiquette on how to
eat your laksa, though the most common way for Chinese
people to eat soup is to eat the isi (Malaysian for
solids) with the chopsticks and then put the bowl up to
the lips and slurp up the liquid (or leave it behind).
But don't worry about the mess! It's not like you're
eating the food on someone's beautiful mat. I used to
do that in Malaysia, and THEN you have to be a bit
careful about dropping the rice you pick up in your
right hand or spilling the kuah (sauce)!
Say, if you're reading this response, what are your
favorite Malaysian restaurants? I like Christie Village
(Christie just south of Grand) and New Taste Good (1
Doyers St.) the best, but I have yet to go to the very
popular restaurant on Bayard St. whose name escapes me,
or to the Proton Saga at 1 Allen St.
Hi Michael, thanks for the feedback! My favorite is New
Taste Good. I've been to Proton Saga and was not all
that impressed -- I think there are at least 3 better
Malaysian restaurants in the area. Those being New
Taste Good, the one on Canal, and the one on Elizabeth
(or Mott?) -- Sorry, I don't remember their names. I
also go frequently to the one on Lafayette between
Spring and Broome, although I don't think it is as good
as any of those three, because it is closer to where I
work. I've been meaning for a while to visit the Taste
Good in Elmhurst.