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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.

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    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:
        http://www.langkawi-restaurant.com/in...

      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.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/743209

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            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.

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              Banana Leaf Restaurant
              182 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035