Desperately Seeking Authentic Malaysian Food in Bay Area
We are seeking restaurants in the Bay Area serving authentic Malaysian food. My wife is from Malaysia, and I've lived there for many years and are looking for the real deal. Rasa Sayang in Albany (now closed) served good Mamak-style food. However other purportedly SE Asian restaurants such as Mango Bay, Straits Cafe or E&O Trading Company...well, having tried these places, I don't know what kind of food they serve, but it isn't Malaysian food....the food at these restaurants bear little, if any, resemblance to any SE Asian cuisine.
I think I know how you feel. My first query on chowhound.com was a search for real Singaporean food.
Singapore Malaysian used to be pretty decent, though I haven't visited in a while. We now prefer Layang Layang in Cupertino. The kangkung belacan is particularly good, as is the dipping sauce for the roti. Nice tofu and seafood dishes, too. But the Hainan chicken is no big deal. Ice kacang is also excellent.
Another place you might want to try is Spice Islands in Mountain View. We haven't been there recently, as we prefer Layang Layang (though the former is nearer), but I think Spice Islands is in the same league as Singapore Malaysian, and much more authentic than Straits. I do think the Hainan chicken was better than Layang Layang's.
And I'm still looking for a "black" rather than "red" daging rendang. Please post if you find a good one!
Unforunately, you will be disappointed by all the options. One of the better bets is Banana Leaf, in Milpitas - it is decent, and reasonably authentic, but there are enough ingredients that just cant be found here to keep it from tasting like home.
I married into a Malaysian family. The best Malaysia food I have had in the Bay Area is when one of my many Aunties comes to town and makes Poh Piah or Prawn Mee. Yum! If you like Hainanese Chicken Rice, let me know - my version is pretty good...even the aunties agree...