While I've never been to Malasia (See [BROKEN LINK REMOVED] for a great description of "foodfirst"'s dining adventures in KL.) I had lunch today at Pasadena's very own Kuala Lumpur. It was about the third time that I'd gone and I'd forgotten how much I really enjoyed it. I got the Curry Laksa, rice noodles in a bowl of light curry soup with shrimp, chicken, tofu, and vegetables. It amazed me just as it had the very first time that I ever ate there... it had a wonderful spiciness and heat that was balanced by the cocunut base of the soup. The shrimp were perfect in that they weren't over cooked and tasted very fresh (too bad they didn't have their heads still on!) and the chicken slices were very tender. The tofu had the brown skin of fried tofu, but was very tender and slightly spongey, just the way that I like it. And the green vegetable (not sure what it was, brocopini?) was a perfect counter point to it all. I always enjoy struggling with the noodles, that I eat with abandon, as they flip about on their way through my lips tossing about little drops of the soup on the table and my shirt.
And with the soup I ordered the chendol drink, which I recommend. It's a sweet palm sugar and coconut drink that has these delightful little light green tapioca-like "tadpoles".
For price, this is a very reasonable lunch: $6.25 for the soup, $2.95 for the beverage.