The French are proud of their wine, the Italians of their coffee, and the Malaysians of their nasi lemak!
Being Malaysian, after living a while in Tokyo, I started having an immense craving for Malaysian food, and after a little Googling, came across a restaurant called Malay Asian Cuisine that I now often frequent and bring my friends to!
Side note for Malaysians: I found out that this restaurant was owned by Abdullah Badawi’s brother. There are also quite a few Malaysians working in this restaurant, so it makes me feel a little bit more at home 😉
We started the night with some eggy appetizers. OK, I admit I haven’t eaten such appetizers in Malaysia before (is it just me?) but they were delicious with tangy sauce all over them.
Satay, wrapped in peanut sauce! And of course, it came with a little serving of cucumber and onions. We polished this one off in no time!
It wouldn’t be a Malaysian restaurant without nasi lemak, would it? I have to say, the taste is pretty authentic and it’s so good to eat rice that’s been boiled in coconut milk! I always introduce this to my non-Malaysian friends and it’s always a hit!
Squid and kangkong (water spinach!) in a spicy sauce.
Ah, the must eat, ikan bakar! Grilled fish in a very, very spicy sauce. I always have to eat this with lots of white rice to temper it’s spice down, but I have two Japanese friends, Shizuki and Yasu, who eat this like they’re eating candy! All those years of eating wasabi must have trained their tongues to be very strong!
This drink actually isn’t on the menu, but you can request it. It’s a kind of lime-y drink with a plum inside it. It’s really nice and refreshing, and great to scorch out the fires of the spice of ikan bakar.
I don’t know the translation for ‘rendang’ in English, but it’s essentially a spicy meat dish.
There are a lot more things on the menu, like ‘chic-ku-teh’ (chicken in herbal soup), char koay teow (fried noodles) and laksa (a noodle dish in a spicy soup). I would give the char koay teow a miss, I’ve tried it before and it was very substandard, but the chic-ku-teh and laksa was great.
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