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Aug 20, 2006 09:15 PM

Malaysian in Kansas City

My wife and I are new to the KC area and have been chowhound lurkers for years in NY. We've recently found an authentic gem in overland park - the family that owns Salsa's on 135th is Malay, and on Wed, Thurs and Fri they serve authentic Malaysian dishes in addition to their normal menu. The menu changes occasionally but if you sign up on their e-mail list you'll get updated menus in your mail...

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  1. Grocks,

    This is fantastic. We're moving to KC from Chicago this week, and I've started swinging by here a little more regularly. I look forward to giving Salsa's and Kababesh a try.



    1. Thank you for the reports Grocks! We don't often make it to lots of "ethnic" restaurants for whatever reason, so I appreciate hearing about them!

      1. Having never had Malaysian, this sounds like something I have to try. Where on 135th is this?


        PS Anything hot?

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        1. re: chileheadmike

          135th near Nieman (between Quivira and Switzer) - just got the menu from this week and it looks great. If by hot you mean spicy, most things on the menu are spicy.
          Some things we've tried and liked -
          Roti Canai for appetizer (don't get the garlic canai - not as good)
          Nasi Lemak - very interesting dish - worth trying
          Paul's Pork Chops - as usual in authentic ethnic restaurants the name does not do justice to the food.
          For desert make sure you try the Ice Kacang - definetly one of the most unique desserts I've had.
          And get on their e-mail list to get updates...

          1. re: Grocks

            Is this "standard" Maylasian fare? We have the Malay Cafe up North. I've heard through the grapevine that it is good, however, I've been hesitant to try it with out some idea of what to order. Of course, the people who told us about it can't remember what they ordered (very helpful)and their suggestions have been real hit and miss (also very helpful). Any first time order suggestions would be appreciated.

        2. This sounds fantastic! Some friends of mine and I are trying to "lunch around the world," as much as we can in Johnson County. Do they serve lunch?


          1. I think they do lunch but I have not tried it yet. Certainly there is a hit or miss factor based solely on how adventurous your tastes are. We tried a fried mackerel dish that was not to my liking, but I guess I don't really like mackerel to begin with (too strong). My wife liked it. We also tried a shrimp soup that was too fishy for me. All of the curry's we have tried have been excellent.
            Here's the e-mail address to get the menu (it usually comes on tues)