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Layang Layang, Malaysian Food in Cupertino

Pia | Dec 22, 200402:16 PM

We just had our first dinner at Layang Layang, on South De Anza, just off Hwy 85. We had been there for an afternoon snack of roti and ice kacang (both excellent) last week, and the aromas wafting out of the kitchen persuaded us to return at the next opportunity.

We were not disappointed! We had the roti again (this is the very thin, part-crisp, part-chewy type) with an rich curry sauce, thick enough to cling to the roti, an order of piping hot steamed popiah, dressed with a pungent sauce made with tamarind, shrimp paste and chili. (Ah, the uncompromised flavors of Southeast Asia!) We also shared an order of the nasi lemak, of which all the components: tender beef rendang, ikan bilis sambal, achar, rice, were probably the best I've had on the peninsula. The char kway teow was also very good, though I deduct points for using dried rice noodles instead of fresh, wide rice noodles. (Even better with chili padi and soy sauce.) And ice kacang again, of course, with two kinds of jelly, corn, peanuts, etd, topped with shaved ice and syrup!

Lots of other tempting dishes on other people's tables, and those rich, pungent aromas evocative of Malaysia and Singapore mean I will be back the next time I wish I were back somewhere around the South China Sea.

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