Seeking Malaysian Sensation
- Puppimus Aug 29, 2007 10:28 AM
Hounds, I am going to Malaysia in October and want to acquaint my palate with Malaysian food beforehand. Tonight is the night!!
I have already been to New Malaysia in Chinatown's Elizabeth St. arcade, and want to try more places. I have heard mostly *eh* reports about the various Penangs and Nonya. Can anyone recommend anything other than New Malaysia? Any borough is fine (I'm posting in Outer Boroughs, too).
eastanah...i can't remember the address but it's in lower manhattan. definitely check it out - i love their food!
Nonya is pretty good, I've always had a good meal there. I also frequent Eastanah, mostly for lunch however.
199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
212 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Most people who like Malaysian/Singapore/Indonesian food dont think the restaurants here do a very good job. the thing to realize is that most of the cooking that people love from the region is done by hawkers (street vendors) - who tend to specialize in one or a few dishes - yet thats not the format here in the US - people expect to see all the dishes they love and remember at one place so that (this is one theory) none of the places here do everything well - you have to figure out what (if anything!) a particular place is good at on their long menu.
Another theory is that there just arent enough expert chefs for this cuisine here to meet the demand. anyway, I envy you for the treat you are about to experience on your trip - do enjoy!
I've done the Malaysian route in Chinatown (admittedly, before some places like Skyway opened up.) But in general, liked Sanur (for the Kueh), and Jaya (for the taste in general, and just a really nice dining experience...)
Oh - and for outer boroughs, try Curry Leaf in Queens! (Also decent Kueh, when they're not sold out...)
I've always thought Nyonya got shortchanged on this board. I started going there shortly after Suan-lee Cheah opened it. It was my first introduction to perinakan food and I've eaten there about fifty times over the years. Just about everything (except the noodles, not counting noodles in soup) has been excellent. I've never found better in NY, though Good Taste and Sentosa give it a run for its money. I was disappointed in Skyway, which everyone loves.
I agree w/ other try Skyway on Allen St.
For appetizer we got the Roti Canai ($1.95) and Spicy Crispy Squid In Chef’s Special Sauce ($6.95). The Roti Canai is as great as usual. The Crispy Squid on the other hand tastes exactly like those prepackaged Japanese snacks that zing overpower your tastebuds with intense sweetness. Not a big fan.
We also got the Mee Siam (5.25), a stir-fried noodle dish with fried tofu, egg, shrimp and bean sprout in spicy Thai Chili sauce with grounded peanut. Taste kinda like Pad-Thai except the noodle is thin rice vermicelli. The taste is GREAT!
We will definitely go back and try the other stuff.
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In Manhattan I usually go to Sanur or New Malaysia. Sanur has a decent kueh selection and if you go early enough in the day, their curry puffs are good.
The best place I've found so far however is in Flushing, called Restaurant Malaysia. They had all the right condiments, which was impressive because sometimes servers don't have a clue when I ask for sweet soy sauce or why I get vinegar when I order hokkien noodles. And you must get hokkien noodles!
13517 40th Rd, Queens, NY 11354
18 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
48 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
There is a pretty good Southeast asian restaurant on College Point in Flushing. Its on the strip mall where Dunkin Donuts is on 41st Avenue and College Point. They got Burmese, Thai, Chinese, and Malaysian. They do their Malaysian pretty well. Go early it always is crowded on weekends. Portions are pretty big and you get good value for the money.