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Taste Good Malaysian Cuisine 82-18 45th Ave, Elmhurst, NY

Steve R | Feb 19, 202009:53 AM     1

I went for lunch yesterday with 6 other food board types (including a couple who are long time CH posters) & had my 1st Malaysian restaurant meal. Yep, you read that right. So, I have absolutely no idea whether or not what I liked or disliked had to do with Malaysian cooking, the specific place, the dishes we ordered or my own lack of any concept other than “like… not liked”. And, although Taste Good has been around for a long time and has been referred to in a number of CH posts, I couldn't find a specific thread on it to tack onto.

From my uninformed perspective, I was not blown away but liked quite a few dishes. Others may add names to what I’m talking about, as I had no part of the ordering and didn’t even look at the menu to see what each dish was named. There was a 4 vegetable dish (with a name like “fantastic four”?) that I thought was excellent. Strips of okra, combined with purple eggplant, long thin green beans and a bean that looked lima-ish. All crisp, well seasoned and tasted great. A squid dish also hit the spot and it was covered with the same excellent “sauce” (very thick and tasty on its own) as was on another good dish – a whole “cod” (the filet piece I had looked and tasted like a skate wing). A fish head curry casserole was flavorful enough but didn’t wow me. Noodle dishes were similar to lo main or chow fun and were credible versions. Its ironic that, over many years of handy non destination worthy take out and delivery of mediocre “Chinese” food, I’ve more often than not gotten “Singapore Chow Mai Fun”, while here I wind up eating lo mein instead. Did we just not order a version that I would’ve been able to benchmark or is that not a thing in real Malaysian places? The roti (roti canai) was okay. The Rojak had nice crispy pineapple and other good things that were tasty but I don’t think this dish would impress me anywhere. I’m missing several other things, including at least one or two others that I know I liked. And they were out of fish cakes. Bottom line is that I had a nice lunch with good company in a friendly place with just about no clunkers at $23pp all in. Cant really complain about that.

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