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Dec 2, 2010 03:23 PM

Malaysian / Nyonya Style Cuisine

I was on my way to Pho Mac the other day in Plano when I noticed they had some new competition. A Malaysian restaurant that specializes in Nyonya cuisine (a Malay-Chinese hybrid) just opened recently - Blue Ginger Garden. I couldnt resist so I gave Pho mac the shaft and went in. I was happy to see they had curry Laksa on the menu so ordered it, along with some water spinach with shrimp paste and some flatbread.

It was pretty good so I thought I'd post here. This is my first experience with Laksa - they have three versions, each with different styles of noodles. I got option #3 which is egg noodles and vermecilli. The Laksa contained fish balls, chicken, shrimp, and interestingly a deep fried egg. The Laksa was very good and I'll probably be back.

Options are limited in Dallas for Malaysian if Im not mistaken (Secret recipe and one other), and this one is particularly unique since it is a regional variation. I'll link to their website below.

Pho Mac
3100 Independence Pkwy Ste 310, Plano, TX 75075

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  1. They are pretty much spot on. I did a meetup there with 30 people a couple of weeks ago. Andrew has also posted about them on Sidedish. That is after I told him about them of course :-)

    By the way North China in the same shopping center is also great! It's now really hard to drive past that corner without stopping at one of the three.

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    1. re: irodguy

      Today's lunch, curry fish head. Thanks Andrew excellent recommendation, all though way to much for one person for lunch.

    2. I was there for dinner with a group organized by Andrew Chalk and was very impressed with both the food and welcoming nature of the owner and his wife/chef.
      For me, it's too far for a quick dinner but, I am eager to return.
      The Malaysian "roti" is addictive.

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      1. re: twinwillow

        The best root canal I've ever had! (not my quote)

        I had dinner there with LH several weeks ago and on a serious note, I'd also vouch for the roti canai. The one dish that stuck out was the thick, hearty Hokkien Lor Mee, and I want to wade through their other noodle dishes such as Char Kway Teow ( I believe the owner also mentioned they do homemade sambal.

        1. re: air

          Was there last night... every table was full and there was a line out the door. Looks as if this place is a success. I had the vegetable relish which was a bit like chinese pao cai, but heartier and with chopped peanuts... laksa again couldnt resist, roti canai, chili prawns, water spinach, pulled tea... will get that fish head next time, and there will be a next time soon.

          1. re: YingZheng

            So glad to hear they're doing well. I'm lucky to live nearby, so I've been several times already and am a fan. I find the food authentic and delicious and the proprietor is a really nice guy. My faves so far: the lor mee (as mentioned above), the vegetable curry, the roti, and the sambal prawns/sambal kangkung. The sweet and sour fish is also good, especially for those who aren't into spicy food.

            1. re: rempah

              looks fantastic. it's very near Lion City too so they have some close competition there.

              After Penang shut down in Frisco we had a hard time finding good Malaysian food. Sure we could drive up to Secret Recipe but the food was never as good when the owner wasn't cooking so it was hit or miss.

              Secret Recipe
              1404 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010

              1. re: AussieGirl

                Had just about everything on the menu at this point... Blue Ginger garden has become a daily affair. I recommend dry fish with bean sprouts, it's a bit like portuguese bacalhau.

                The place next door seems to be highly rated... I might hit that up next. What's with their website? It's identical to blue ginger gardens.


                1. re: YingZheng

                  I stress tested Blue Ginger garden a few weeks ago with a meetup group of 30. They handled like a champ. The entire group thought the food was great and service was good.

                  I am not so stress testing North China on Saturday with 12 people or so. I have just started working my way through their menu. Their Lamb sticks are quite interesting dredged in Cumin and chili powder. I can also attest to the Lamb in cumin and sizzling plates and various egglplant dishes. Hopefully we will try some new dishes with the larger group this weekend.

                  1. re: irodguy

                    North China was great.... this shopping center is where it's at. At North China I enjoyed the BBQ quail, homemade jiaozi, and cold noodle soup.