Malay Curry House
As I mentioned in our post for Penang Delight Cafe, it’s not always easy to find a good Malaysian restaurant in South-East Vancouver. I had read some good reviews about Malay Curry House on Kingsway so I was determined to try them out after work one day. As luck would have it, I called for take-out on a Wednesday (apparently they’re closed on Tuesdays).
Their online menu only mentioned that they had Indian Pancake (naan) but when I ordered, they said they also have Malaysian Pancake/Roti ($3.50 for 2 pieces) too – so, of course, I ordered the Malaysian ones. The roti was flaky with paper-thin layers that were slightly chewy and a bit crisp on the exterior. These weren’t the best that I’ve ever had but it was pretty good – especially with the dipping sauce.
I’ve been known to be a bit indecisive when ordering food so when I couldn’t decide between ordering Beef, Chicken, or Lamb Skewers, I opted to order all three varieties. Fortunately, they give you a price break if you order 1/2 dozen ($8 for 1/2 dozen or $1.50 each). The skewers were very reminiscent of what you would find at a night market or food cart and tastes so much better with the satay dipping sauce.
The Satay Seafood Chow Mein ($9.00) has plenty of large shrimp, fake crab pieces (pollock), fish, slices of fish cake, bean sprouts, onion, and sesame seeds. I found that the dish was a bit dry – perhaps dry is not the right word… but I think it could have been better if it had a bit more satay sauce to it.
All the way home, I could smell the very aromatic Beef Brisket Curry ($8.00)… it was pretty intoxicating. The curry was quite rich and bursting with flavour. I was also pleased that the brisket wasn’t too fatty (some places have huge pieces of fat connected to their brisket) but still remained melt-in-your-mouth tender.
The curry comes with Rice (or you can add Chicken Oil Rice for an extra $1.00) – I was a bit surprised to see that instead of just plain rice, it also comes with daikon, carrot and pineapple pieces. Rice can sometimes be an afterthought at some restaurants but I was pleased to find that the rice here was fluffy and not hard or clumpy.
Most of the food was above-average and the value is pretty good (they only accept cash). Next time, I want to try dining at the restaurant because I hear they serve complimentary drinks.
Food: 4 / 5
Service: 4 / 5