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Melaka--Malaysian in San Bruno

Pia | Jan 15, 2003 01:29 AM

Just a quick note: had lunch at Melaka, a new place in San Bruno, in a former Lyon's at the corner of San Bruno Avenue and El Camino.

We started with roti canai--very good, thin, crisp and chewy at the same time. Curry dip was flavorful, if a bit thin. Satay (beef and chicken) were the real thing, the meats very flavorful well-marinated, ground spices still clinging to the beef and chicken. Sauce was good but not outstanding.

Kangkong blachan was a generous serving, though not as tasty as Spice Islands' version. Coconut chiken was well-received: deep-fried floured chicken with a mild coconut curry sauce. The fried squid was more like calamari with stir-fried veggies underneath--not at all the crispy sotong I had hoped for. The sizzling tofu was the flop of the meal--nothing good to say about that one.

For dessert, the ice kachang was very good: ice shaved, not crushed, with gula melaka syrup and all the usual fillings.

I'm looking forward to checking out their beef rendang (they say it's the dry, black type) and nasi lemak.

Hope to hear from others who try out Melaka.

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