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Malaysian in NYC

June 18, 2010
Celia Sin-Tien Cheng

It’s Malaysian Restaurant Week so we’re sharing our favorite New York City restaurants that celebrate Malaysian flavors. To find out more about the world of Malaysian cuisine, check out Malaysia Kitchen.

Mee Goreng (Stir-fried egg noodles with shrimp, tofu and bean sprouts) A. Cafe Asean

I’m a big fan of egg noodles, as long as they are cooked just right so that they’re still springy. These Indonesian-style stir-fried egg noodles include shrimp, egg, tomato, tofu, bean sprouts and some greens with a peanut sauce. A dash of lime juice all over livens them up even more.

Pork Buns B. Fatty Crab

These are undoubtedly the best pork buns in town! As a snack on Fatty Crab’s menu, one order serves two buns with thick slices of juicy pork belly. The relish that’s served on the side is meant to be added onto the bun and eaten all together. This includes slices of hard-boiled egg, cilantro, radish greens, pickled radishes, shallots, long... full article

Beef Rendang C. Laut

The beef rendang at Laut is Chef-Owner Kathy Wong’s signature dish. She uses 22 different spices and cooks the beef over hours to get all that amazing Southeast Asian flavor soaked in deep. The rendang is dry, so don’t expect a saucy curry, but it pairs perfectly with rice. The Malaysian cuisine at Laut shows attention to detail, and the flavors of the dishes are rich and thoughtful.

Coconut Pudding D. Nyonya

This is undoubtedly the most refreshing dessert I’ve ever tasted. Nyonya shaves off the green skin of the young coconut to create a container for the pudding. It’s as fresh and light as pure coconut water, only in pudding form. Such a cooling dessert, when I had it in 94-degree weather, it actually brought my body temperature down.... full article