there are two dishes i used to get at a thai (but poss. malaysian-influenced) restaurant in Minnesota, that I can't find anywhere here in NYC environs:
mieng kum, sometimes meng kiam, it's just little bits of coconut, dried shrimp, peanuts, lime pieces, onion, and hot chili wrapped up in lettuce. you assemble it yourself. easy to make at home, but i'm just curious if anyone does a version in a restaurant!
the other one is harder to place and i don't know the name. flat rice noodles in a thick gravy/broth made of yellow coconut milk curry, usually with pieces of chicken or shrimp and topped with fried shallots. it's heaven in a bowl, but i can't find it anywhere and don't know the name. I'm thinking it's laksa, but descriptions of laksa i've read don't quite match. can anyone help?