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Malaysian in Chinatown (with Tea Soup!)

Jeremy Osner | Jan 6, 1999 08:31 PM

Tonight my brother and I ate at an excellent Malaysian
restaurant, Taste Good Restaurant at #1 Doyers St., in
Chinatown. Actually I should qualify that -- neither of
us found the main dishes to be particularly exciting;
but the soups were outstanding enough that we could
just ignore the rest and focus on them.

Actually we should only have ordered soups (as I plan
to do next time I eat there). They were huge,
definitely enough for a full meal in themselves.
Gabriel had Curry Shrimp Noodle Soup; I had Pork Bone
Tea Soup, the only savory food I've ever eaten that was
flavored with tea. It was basically pork ribs (and pork
tongue, and tofu, and shiitakes) in broth; the broth
was a pork stock with a very strong infusion of tea.
What an off the wall (and good) flavor! The curry
shrimp were great too, with a lot of coconut milk and
cayenne pepper.

A great restaurant, especially in this cold weather;
stick to the soups. A word about the main dishes: I had
Curry Chicken, which was inoffensive if pedestrian;
Gabe had Spiced Pork with Preserved Vegetables, which
was made with intensely fatty pork belly, but not
really cooked hot enough to make the fat do anything
interesting -- so it was just a big lump of fat on the
plate. I recommend staying away from that (but feel
free to try it, if that's what you like).

A question: does anyone know of any other savory-type
foods flavored with tea? As I was drinking the soup I
was thinking, Wow -- why have I never experienced this
taste before?

Jeremy

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