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Jul 25, 2009 05:14 AM

Any Remotely Good Malaysian Food Around Here?

I just got back from Kuala Lumpur (due to circumstances, I wasn't able to be as food adventurous as I would've liked, but I did try my best) and was wondering if there are any decent renditions around here for a teh tarik, char kway teow, roti canai or similar if the urge struck?

I know near me the Asian Wok & Grill (the former China Chef Wok & Grill - they changed the name while I was gone) has some dishes from the area, and I did a little research and some mentions of places like Kopitiam, Layang Layang, Lime Tree, and Old Town Cafe. Any insights into the latter places or any others that I didn't mention?

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  1. The best I've had overall that's still in business is Kopitiam in Lafayette, though I prefer the roti canai, chow kway teo, curry mee, and Hainan chicken at Singapore-Malaysian in SF.

    I haven't been to the South Bay places, so can't compare.

    Singapore Malaysian Restaurant
    836 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

    Kopitiam Restaurant
    3647 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

    1. Add to your list a decent place in San Mateo - I think it's called Lakawan, off 101 at Hillsdale bay-ward, in a shopping center. Pretty decent, not sure if it's excellent.

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      1. re: bbulkow

        I think you mean Langkawi Malaysian Cuisine in San Mateo. I recently attended a dinner there with a group of Malaysians - they were all quite happy with the food (and felt that it was a very good representation (and we liked it too!)

        Here's a link:

      2. Good char kway teow at a place whose name I've forgotten. SF Chinatown, on Washington Street, across the street from Portsmouth Square. Can't vouch for the rest of the menu.

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        1. re: david kaplan

          I too just returned from Kuala Lumpur. Penang Garden on Washington in the old Golden Phoenix space is OK. I liked the roti canai and the strawberry chicken.

          1. re: david kaplan

            Brief update: can't recommend the char kway teow at Penang Garden (the place on Washington St whose name I couldn't remember in the above post) anymore.


            Penang Garden Restaurant
            728 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

          2. We live about 10 minutes from Layang Layang and go frequently. Excellent Myalaysian food in a casual setting. Can get crowded on the weekends for dinner, as it is not a big place. Great savory food as well as great desserts. Great Roti Canai!

            1. You might want to try Banana Leaf in Milpitas. I think their food is really good. I am not an expert on Malaysian food.

              Banana Leaf Restaurant
              182 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035