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Malaysia Kopitiam- as wonderful as ever

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Malaysia Kopitiam- as wonderful as ever

Issac | Apr 27, 2004 01:26 PM

I know there's been a lot of good things said about this place, but I went there on Saturday with a group of 25, and I couldnt have been happier.

On thursday, Penny (the chef) sat down with me to plan out a menu that managed to accomodate vegetarians, kosher, and no red meat eaters with 4 appetizers and 4 main courses in a set menu for 18 dollars a person.

When we got there, the tables were set up for us with most of one half of the restaurant. Service was a little slow at first, but they managed to fully staff our 24 to get drink orders and make sure everyone was comfortable.

Enough about that. The food was fantastic! We started with chicken and veggie satay and the po pia (spring rolls) which were really good. The two highlights among the appetizers were the roti canai-- a flatbread served with a warm and flavorful curry sauce and the crispy squid salad.

I can't say enough about the crispy squid salad. Its name is off-putting, but the crispy squid and onion pieces on top of the apples, mangos and onions in a sweet-spicy dressing is out of this world. There are lots of thai and SE asian salads that rely on a similar formula, but there aren't any that I think are better.

For the main courses, the sambal shrimp were merely good, which is surprising since this is one of the mainstays of Malay/Indonesian food. The other three dishes knocked our socks off. The nyonan chicken, fried pieces in a sweet lemongrass dressing, won raves and even finicky ten year olds couldn't stop eating it. I loved the lamb curry, which had a great balance of heat and spice but also managed to highlight the flavor of the meat. The mee goreng was balanced and flavorful with spice and big juicy shrimp. It was easily the most popular dish among my group.

Anyhow, I know this place gets a lot of praise, but I neeeded to let you know how great our experience was.

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