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Malay Asian Express in Fremont (and Alameda too)

Melanie Wong | Jun 14, 2012 12:21 AM

On my way to Chaat Bhavan, I noticed Malay Asian Express in the same strip mall. Poking my head in, the place was pretty empty at dinner hour. The young man behind the counter said I could taste anything off the steam table before deciding. Some of the selections had started to look pretty sad from sitting too long, but I was told that if I didn’t mind waiting, anything could be cooked fresh to order. I tried four or five items and there was a notable sweetness to most of them. Best were the beef rendang and a chicken curry. They’re cooked with traditional palm oil using halal meats. Not so interested in buying anything, I started to head to the door, then he said that the roti parathas are made from scratch, not frozen. The “express” concept seemed to have fallen away, but I was still curious.

Since the most expensive combo is only $5.99 for two entrees and a side, I decided to make the investment and take one for the chow-team. I picked beef rendang, nasi goreng and roti paratha with curry sauce. The nasi goreng and roti were made to order.

This turned out to be a big portion of food. Nasi goreng, not so tasty. Beef rendang was pretty good with tender, non-stringy cubes of meat and medium-spicy coconut gravy. But best item was the roti, crispy on the outside, many-layered and satisfyingly chewy. The accompanying sauce comes from the curry chicken dish, and while a touch sweet, had nice depth of flavor.

Not a place I’ll rush back to, but the roti paratha was good and I’d happily eat it again.

Malay Asian Express

5379 Mowry Ave
Fremont . CA 94538
PH: 510 - 795 1825
FAX: 510 - 795 1842
1363 Park Street
Alameda. CA 94501
PH: 510 - 748 9734
FAX: 510 - 748 9743


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