Hey, folks ...
I had a late lunch today at New Malaysia in the Chinatown Arcade at 46 Bowery earlier today.
I've declared this week the National Foodmonk Week of Malaysian Restaurants. I'm going to try to eat at a Malaysian restaurants every day this week (except Tuesday, because I have something else planned). Heh.
This was my first time eating at New Malaysia. Decor is a bit on the modest side and it's in the interior of the arcade, which gives it a bit of a claustrophobic feel -- windows only into the covered alley -- but I thought it was actually kind of homey and cheery. Service was very prompt and cheerful ... Staff seemed happy to see me, the only non-Chinese or Chinese-Malaysian person there. English is spoken.
I ordered the roti canai and the chicken with asparagus in black bean sauce. I also tried to order the achat salad, but the waitress said that they were out of today. Grrr.
Anyway, the roti canai -- basically a zillion-calorie piece of flatbread fried in oil of some sort -- was sublime, beautifully flaky and delicious. It comes with a small bowl of sauce that contained one lump of potato and one lump of (mystery) meat. The sauce seemed to be based on coconut milk and contained chili oil ... not sure what else, but delicious.
The chicken and asparagus with black bean sauce was also very good. Asparagus was quite mature, but chopped into slices and I really didn't mind. However ... This dish is one that definitely has Chinese origins -- the black bean sauce is a garlic/soy sauce/black bean concoction that could really be found a zillion other places in the city, I suppose. I guess I was thinking that this would be something more Malaysian-y, rather than Chinese. I was wrong, but it was still delightful and better than you might get elsewhere at a typical Chinese restaurant.
I left feeling like I should really make another trip, but I'm hoping that someone can chime in with a suggestion about what else I should order. The menu is very large and I found myself quite overwhelmed.
Any idea what else is good on the menu at New Malaysia? Anything that might stand out as being a bit more different from Chinese food?
Not criticizing here ... The meal was very good. I left very satisfied and, in fact, wanting more.
48 Bowery, New York, NY 10013