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Authentic and good Malaysian at Langkawi in San Mateo

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Authentic and good Malaysian at Langkawi in San Mateo

Thomas Nash | Apr 20, 2010 11:44 AM

Only rare mentions on Chow about the very good Langkawi Malysian in San Mateo. We were returning from Palo Alto last week and remembered that Langkawi is right at a 101 exit.

We had

Crispy Candied Squid -- a very interesting appetizer of small (1-2" size) squid fried crisp in a sweet soy sauce. It was too much for the 2 of us, but would be great for a larger group.

Rojak -- wow! brought back memories of an all too brief visit to KL for me. Wonderfully cold chunks of jicama, mango, pineapple, and cucumber in a sweet-soy and shrimp paste sauce sprinkled with peanuts. The real deal. I haven't seen this anywhere else in the area. Waitress (who turned out to be non-Malaysian Chinese) was surprised we liked this. It is a favorite with Malaysians, but shrimp paste can be off-putting to others. Be warned and please don't complain if you don't like it. This is the kind of authentic dish we need more of around here.

Roti murtabak with beef - well executed version of this stuffed pancake with a curry dip.

According to the waitress, "all" the Malaysian chefs from the other Bay Area restaurants come here for the most authentic Malaysian soul food. Good place.

Their website: http://www.langkawicuisine.com/

Only complaint (OT) is why do restaurants have to use Flash for their websites? This one is particularly egregious and hard to manipulate - you can't even copy and paste from the menu. Never mind that it won't work on iPhones, etc.

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Langkawi Malaysia Cuisine
2946 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403

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