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seeking the "Sripraphai of Malaysian Food"

bigjeff Oct 25, 2006 05:37 PM

I think I have roti canai and nasi lemak fatigue. Eaten many meals at all the usual suspects (penang, nyonyna, singapore cafe, new indonesia and malaysia (or sanur), istana) and just really bored. eaten through most of the menu and the hits, but just uninspired now.

can anyone recommend a new or slightly different malaysian? I have NOT eaten at the sentosa in flushing yet so maybe that's it. basically, I'm looking for the Sripraphai of Malaysian Food! Any pointers?

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    Lucia RE: bigjeff Oct 25, 2006 07:31 PM

    I haven't been, but there's been a lot of talk about Skyway:

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      bigjeff RE: Lucia Oct 25, 2006 08:58 PM

      thanks for pointing me in this direction. going tonight!

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      Dave Feldman RE: bigjeff Oct 26, 2006 05:00 AM

      Have you tried Sentosa in Flushing? A 3-minute walk from the last stop on the 7 train.

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        Peter Cherches RE: bigjeff Oct 26, 2006 09:04 PM

        I'm very fond of the Brooklyn branch of Nyonya. I haven't been to Skyway or Sentosa. If anybody has been to either + Brooklyn Nyonya (much better than the one in Chinatown these days), please post a comparison.


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          jen kalb RE: Peter Cherches Oct 27, 2006 12:05 AM

          We had a fairly crummy disappointing meal at the Brooklyn Nyonya a few weeks back - underseasoned, flabby, just not all that great. They only thing that was really good was the char kway teo - I thought the food at Belacan Cafe on 7th Ave (really a spinoff - the owner, a Chinese from Calcutta originally, learned his stuff at Nyonya) was quite a bit better, tho not all their dishes really come up to the Malaysian mark either.

          Its been a long time since I had a really delicious Singapore/Malaysian meal in NYC.

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            Peter Cuce RE: Peter Cherches Dec 31, 2006 12:43 AM

            What was much better about it?

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            Sautrelle5 RE: bigjeff Oct 30, 2006 10:40 PM

            If you have not tried Fatty Crab, you need to go. It is not necessarily authentic Malaysian, but Zack Pelaccio traveled through the country for around 3 years. The food is spectacular!!! Try the skate, the Lo si fun and the watermelon and pork belly salad. This is the same chef who had Chicken bone in brooklyn and now has Five Ninth in the city.

            1. designerboy01 RE: bigjeff Dec 8, 2006 06:02 AM

              I heard about this place but haven't tried it. I heard the menu is a mix of Indonesian/Malaysian and some Thai.

              82-69 Broadway, Elmhurst Queens

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                fara RE: bigjeff Dec 30, 2006 02:46 AM

                i really like Jaya in chinatown. i don't know if it's the equivalent of sripraphai.

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                  jen kalb RE: fara Dec 30, 2006 02:47 AM

                  its ok but its not in the least exciting.

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                    Peter Cherches RE: jen kalb Dec 30, 2006 07:54 PM

                    It has a good reputation but I've always been wary because I believe it's owned by the same family that runs Lemongrass Grill.

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                      fara RE: Peter Cherches Dec 30, 2006 09:53 PM

                      it has a lot of variety, compared to the more chinese-oriented malaysian places. i like the noodle dishes and the watermelon juice.

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