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Restoran Malaysia, Roti Channai, and Candlenuts

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Restoran Malaysia, Roti Channai, and Candlenuts

bluedog | Jan 10, 2005 01:57 PM

Was enquiring about this elusive Roti several months back and several people mentioned its availability at Restoran Malaysia, at 815 Major Mac in RH.

Finally made it out there yesterday and am happy to report that the Roti are as light, layered and greaseless as I found in a trip to Malaysia in 2003. Served with various Malay curries we tried the chicken version and, unlike other malay curries I have had downtown recently, this one was an almost perfect blend of spice, savoury and a touch a sweetness from the coconut milk (most make this way too sweet).

We continued with Nasi Lemak for myself and my less adventutous daughter had Singapore Chicken Rice. Nasi Lemak is usually a plate of coconut rice, a chili sauce and various condiments such as hard boiled egg slices, chili sauce, peanuts, raw vegetables and dried anchovies. This one was more of an iterpreation of this mix, with the anchovies mixed into the chili sauce (not sure they were dry originally) and served also with sesame vegeatables and beef rendang (sort of a dry coconut beef curry). In any event a nice sampler and delicious. Especially impressed with the Rendang.

The Singapore Chicken Rice was OK with fragrant steamed chicken, the now ubiquitous coconut rice, a sweet chili sauce condiment and a clear soup. All were good, but difficult to eat in combination.

My recommendation is go for the Roti and Curry, and slowly work up to the more unusual dishes. I am dying to try some of the seafood as well, such as their chili crab.

The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgable, and eager to explain the cuisine of their often overlooked country.

On to the Candlenut question: I enquired at the restoran thinking they must know where to get it and bad news: they are stumped , and indeed their chef is looking for it as well! My guess is that, because it is poisonous in its uncooked state, no-one is willing to take a chance at importing it. They get all their spices at a small indonesian store in Scarborough and they don't have it either. If I can get out there I will enquire.

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