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Sep 13, 2010 07:21 AM

malaysian night market - 9/14/2010 - meatpacking area

not sure how good this will be, but it's from the same group that's been promoting malaysian food all summer:

participants are fatty crab, laut, new malaysia, etc. each plate is $4 to $8.

could be good, probably will be bad, but I'd like to see how they set it up.

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  1. Ditto that last part. I intend to arrive early, in a generous frame of mind, and with something already on my stomach; I'm sure there'll be a bite or two that tastes good against the cooler evening air.

    1. It seems pretty similar to the Malaysian Night Market that was part of the Lucky Rice festival. It was pretty fun because they were giving away little tastes of each dish to entice you to buy the full size portion, not sure if they'll be doing the same for this event.

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      1. re: kathryn

        i thought lucky rice did a great job with their asian night market, but i dont think this is a luckyrice event. it's open to the public and dishes will be on sale for $4-$8 each. luckyrice events usually require tickets.

        1. re: daffyduck

          luckyrice is on the press release for this thing; not sure what a lifestyle brand is, hahahaha.

      2. I'm not very familiar with Malaysian food.....why will this probably be bad? Are these restaurants no good? I personally really enjoy fatty crab.

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        1. re: donovt

          I think bigjeff and DaveCook were commenting more on the organizational aspect of a food festival like this -- there have been several in recent memory which have been oversold or run out of food or badly organized.

            1. re: donovt

              yeah I'm gonna try to stop by but the whole premise just sounds kinda tricky. serving food outdoors in the meatpacking district? malaysian food? it'll be fancy at least.

              1. re: bigjeff

                Did you go to the DUMBO night market event that had a "Malaysian pavilion"? It was literally just a bunch of tables with tents and people wandering around. I assume they'll do that or something really similar.

            2. re: kathryn

              Yes, which is why I'm pretty hesitant to attend a new food festival these days. I'll let others be the guinea pigs.

          1. well I'll be going tonight with a few friends. Hopefully it is organized well. If not, we can always eat somewhere else nearby.

            will post back after attending.

            1. I was there last night. Got there around 6:20 and it was crowded, but I was able to grab food from three stalls fairly quickly. Tried the combo of chicken curry and beef rendang from Laut, the curried chicken sandwich from Cafe Asean, and the steak satay from Todd English/Ian Chalermkittichai. All were good but nothing really blew me away. My favorite was the chicken curry sandwich, which had a really tasty cucumber and herb salad on top of the chicken.

              By 6:50 the square was totally packed and it was impossible to tell where the lines were or to get anywhere near the booths. Would have like to tried more things, but I didn't feel like fighting the crowds. They definitely need a bigger space if they do this again.

              Cafe Asean
              117 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

              15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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              1. re: cath

                Yeah, I got there at about 6:50, and like Cath said, it was impossible to tell where the lines for what booth/stand started where, and it seemed pretty hard just to stand in the small island area they had reserved for this occasion.

                Luckily, Scarpetta had seats at the bar open, so we ate dinner there :)

                355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014