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Malaysia Kopitiam Report

Steve | Jun 24, 2006 01:27 AM

Quite a few of us got together and tried to get a sense a how good this restaurant is across the board.

Although we ordered almost exclusively from the category of spicy foods, I felt the heat was near mild. This surprised me, because a couple of weeks ago I ordered the chicken nonya and it was extremely hot. Nonetheless, they produced dishes that were flatter or more one-dimensional than they should be.

Here is what we had:

Laksa - listed as a soup, these were extremely hearty meals in a bowl. We ordered two, and I think they were both the hit of the meal. One was chicken with egg noodles, which came out mild, and the other was tuna which came out very hot(after I said something). Both were thick concoctions that could feed two hungry people each. I'd return in a flash for either of these.

Roti Canai appetizer: another successful order

Tamarind beef: I liked the sour dimension of this

Curry lamb: nice flavor

squid salad: I think there were some dried squid in this? ok. Mostly fruit!

anchovy appetizer: must like dried anchovies to appreciate this

sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf appetizer: a bit off in flavor

Assam fish: tangy sauce

House special chicken: We ordered this in advance as the menu says they need 24 hours warning. Turned out to be a whole chicken 'steamed' from liquid as it is cooked completely wrapped in foil. No browning, so does not look pretty. I tasted some wine in there and star anise, and it was allegedly stuffed with sausage and shrimp, but I saw little evidence of stuffing. This was a very moist bird indeed, and the delicious broth was probably the highlight. Good, but won't order this again.

Maybe I've missed an item or two. Anyway, some muddy flavors overall. So I think this is a place where it's best to pick out a couple of highlights (like the laksa and roti canai) and be happy with your choice.

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