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Nasi Goren in E'ton

pengcast Jun 14, 2008 07:54 AM

Had prettty good nasi goren for lunch yesterday at L'Asia yesterday. It made me realize that it had been a long time since I had had really good nasi goren. Any one have any recommendations?

Also does anyone remember having NG or the raison table at the restaurant/pool hall that used to be on the corner of Whyte and Gateway blvd., at least 10 years ago? I remember being dragged in there one rainy Saturday and being amazed at the quality of the food being served in a pool hall.

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    Simsters Jun 15, 2008 08:33 PM

    We're hunting for authentic Southeast Asian fare in edmonton too. I once tried the Nasi Lemak in a little place called Brunei Village - fantastic! But they closed down. Where is this L'Asia? do you mean Little Asia in Millbourne mall?

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    1. re: Simsters
      pengcast Jun 16, 2008 10:46 AM

      I meant L'Azia besides the Bay in Edmonton Centre South.

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      egon61 Jun 16, 2008 05:58 PM

      Don't have any first hand recommendations for nasi goreng, but for the benefit of all thread readers, some SE Asian restaurants in the city that probably have it are: Tropika (Calgary Trail & 50-something, W side) and Matahari (124th St. just north of Jasper).

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      1. re: egon61
        anonymoose Jun 17, 2008 08:54 AM

        I can't think of any other place that would have it either.

        If all else fails, there are some great Malaysian recipe sites on the internet nowadays.

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        cdnprairiedog Jun 17, 2008 09:33 PM

        That place on that corner was there between the times when it was Tracy Starr's Burlesque Palace and Courtney Blake's Pub - they did a rijstaffel thing too, and sadly it was before I was more aware of cuisines of the world. That would have been about 20 years ago.
        I used to actually like the Earl's version of NG when they still had it on the menu, and I more or less emulate it when I make it at home. That's what wifey and I were forced to do when we still lived in the Big Onion and wanted nasi.

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          Bob Mac Jul 29, 2008 01:20 PM

          Yes they did. The owner was Dutch and our soccer team regularly drank there...back there as you describe about 20 years ago when I could actually move to play the game....

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          Jkher Jun 27, 2008 11:57 PM

          You can get nasi goreng at Tropika. There is one in the South and one in the West End. As someone born in Penang, I don't find Tropika that authentic, but it is more the heat than anything else. Otherwise the flavour profile is pretty on if more salty than back home, but that is probably for Western tastes.

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            MrsCris Jul 29, 2008 12:46 PM

            Two bits of information prompted me to remember this post: first, it appears that L'Azia is now closed. It's boarded up and lots of construction going on. Perhaps it's just a reno, but I don't know.
            Second, the Manor Cafe on 125th Street has Nasi Goren on the menu - perhaps it's worth a try. I've had some nice meals there.

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            1. re: MrsCris
              Bob Mac Jul 29, 2008 01:49 PM


              Tried to respond but my initial effort has disappeared into the proverbial ether....yes L'Azia downtown is currently closed and is undergoing extensive renovations since, going my memory which is often suspect, they are closed to some date in September.

              Their 137th Ave location I believe remains open

              1. re: MrsCris
                yen Jul 29, 2008 08:00 PM

                I concur on nice meals at Manor. Unfortunately, the Nasi Goreng at Manor Cafe is not very good.

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