Malaysian/Singaporean/Indonesian

South Asia Malaysian Cuisine

My friends and I had lunch here last month. The restaurant is small with modern decor and it’s at the same plaza as Magic Noodle. I’ve been here before for lunch and quite enjoyed their curry chicken with roti canai ($6.99). They also serve laksa here but I prefer the laksa at One 2 Snacks. This time I had the Malaysian curry fish roti canai ($7.99) and teh tarik.

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I wasn’t impressed with their teh tarik. It’s not as creamy or smooth as it should be. It tasted more like overtly sweet Hong Kong style milk tea.

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The fish curry roti canai was delicious. The fish was battered and deep fried and slightly salty for my tastes. The curry is delectable. The roti canai was crispy.

If you’re in Scarborough and craving roti canai with curry then this is a good restaurant.

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Kiko (Part II)

My friends and I were debating where to eat an early dinner after playing sports afew weeks ago. We decided to go to Kiko. When we got there, it was still their Afternoon Tea time special. I ordered their laksa ($10 includes tax & tip).

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Their laksa is one of the few authentic laksas I’ve eaten outside of South East Asia. The other authentic laksa is from One 2 Snacks. The laksa at Kiko’s comprises of two types of noodles, shrimp, chicken, beansprouts and tofu puff/tofu pok/tau pok in a curry soup. Their laksa dish comes with a drink. I got the Hong Kong style milk tea. I’m looking forward to another future visit.

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Top Saigon

This past Sunday my friends and I went to Top Saigon at the Finch-Leslie Plaza for lunch. The decor reminds me of a Hong Kong style cafe and the lighting is quite bright. My friend said that it was a Thai-Viet restaurant but to me it had a more Chinese or Hong Kong cafe feel to it. Most of my friends ordered a curry dish. Their curry options include curry lamb and curry duck.

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I had a small Curry Chicken Noodles in Soup ($6.25). The dish is potatoes, chicken and noodles in a curry soup broth with onions as garnishing. The curry is really good although I would have preferred the chicken to be deboned. Their quality of potatoes could be better but their chicken is quite good. The portions are quite large since I wasn’t able to finish the small portion. Overall, this is a good restaurant to try if you’re in the area and craving curry.

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One 2 Snacks

My work colleague told me to go eat at One 2 Snacks for awhile now and it took me until mid-October to finally order take-out from the place. A word of warning, the restaurant is only open Thursday-Sunday. My friends were hanging out at my place and since I was the only one to have ever eaten Singaporean/Malaysian food (they didn’t know such a thing existed), I had carte blanche for ordering dinner. One 2 Snacks is a take-out restaurant rather than a dine-in restaurant. I called the day before and ordered 6 curry puffs (tax free at $4.80 if you buy 6 pieces), fried kway teow ($5.99), laksa ($5.99) and roti cannai with curry ($5.25).

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The fried kway teow was quite authentic. When I called to order the take out, I was asked if I wanted one kind of noodles or mixed. This is the only restaurant I found in the GTA who does fried kway teow authentically with mixed noodles. The fried kway teow consists of mixed noodles, shrimp, soy sauce, beansprouts, egg, leeks and meat.

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The laksa was spicy. I was also asked if I wanted one kind of noodles or mixed and I chose mixed. The laksa consists of mixed noodles, shrimp, mushrooms, tofu pok, fish balls, beansprouts and chicken in a spicy coconut milk laksa broth.

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The roti cannai with curry chicken was scrumptious. The roti cannai is like prata. Roti cannai or prata is made from ghee, flour and water. The curry chicken wasn’t as spicy as the laksa in my opinion.

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The curry puffs were quite authentic. It’s not as good as Old Chang Kee’s Curry O however it’s just as good as the curry puffs sold on the streets of Singapore. The puff has a fairly thick skin and it’s stuffed with curried potatoes.

We were also provided with sambal and their version is quite spicy. Overall, I recommend this restaurant over the other Singaporean/Malaysian/Indonesian restaurants in the GTA. My friends were satisfied with the place and they would definitely go back.

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Gourmet Malaysia (the sequel)

One of my university friends and I went to Gourmet Malaysia for dinner this past Friday. She’s never had Malaysian or Singaporean food before and I had a slight craving for stingray. We had ikan bakar ($16.99), Penang fried kway teow ($7.80), teh tarik ($2), rojak ($5.99) and roti cannai with beef curry ($6.99). I wanted to order Murtabak however it’s only available on the weekends; only the roti cannai is available 7 days a week amongst all the menu items listed under the Roti/Prata section.

Rojak

Rojak

Rojak is slightly spicy with lots of peanuts, fruit and vegetable salad. It’s quite common in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. If you don’t like spicy foods or if you’re allergic to nuts I wouldn’t recommend this dish for you. The version at Gourmet Malaysia has mango, pineapple, cucumbers and pears with belacan (shrimp paste) sauce and peanuts. I preferred the version at Restoran Malaysia more however the version at Gourmet Malaysia has the right amount of spiciness in comparison to the one at Restoran Malaysia. Both versions are lacking when compared to the rojak I’ve had in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. My friend liked the rojak, she thought it may have expanded her appetite because of its strong taste with a hint of sourness.

Roti Cannai

Roti Cannai

Roti cannai with beef curry is flatbread made from oil, flour, water and ghee that’s dipped in beef curry which has pieces of beef, onions and carrots in it. It’s as authentic as the ones I had in Malaysia and Singapore. I enjoyed it alot although the beef has slightly too much fat for my tastes and reminds me of beef brisket. My friend absolutely loved the roti cannai. She would order it the next time she goes there. She likes the fact that the beef curry wasn’t very spicy for her. I have a higher spiciness tolerance than she does. What she finds spicy, I don’t; what I find somewhat spicy, she finds very spicy so it was nice that she was able to enjoy the dish.

Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik

 

I was extremely disappointed with the teh tarik at Gourmet Malaysia. It tasted like instant teh tarik mix rather than real teh tarik. I preferred the teh tarik at Restoran Malaysia and at Lion City Restaurant. I would not recommend getting this drink at Gourmet Malaysia.

stingray

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The Penang fried kway teow is just as tasty as last time although there wasn’t as many calamari rings as last time. My friend liked the fried kway teow. The ikan bakar is smaller than the one I had last time and it’s more charred in comparison. My friend liked the stingray although she said that it tasted like overcooked fish. Basically it’s not as delicious as the stingray I had my first visit there.

The first time I went to Gourmet Malaysia was on a weekend for lunch. The second time I went to Gourmet Malaysia was on a weekday for dinner. I felt like the quality is mixed. Both times I was given a pot of tea however my first time there I also got a bowl of soup. The first time I went I liked the chendol, fried kway teow and ikan bakar. The Hainanese chicken rice and poh pia were ok. The second time I went I liked the rojak, roti cannai and fried kway teow. The ikan bakar was ok but the teh tarik is extremely disappointing. Overall I had a more enjoyable first experience. Hopefully my future third visit wouldn’t be disappointing.

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Lion City Restaurant

Yesterday, a childhood friend and I went all the way to Mississauga for me to satisfy my bak kut teh craving. Restoran Malaysia doesn’t serve bak kut teh and Gourmet Malaysia has a variation of it called Bak Kut Teh (Chicken Hot Pot) priced at $28.99. Lion City Restaurant is slightly hard to find if you’re not familiar with the area and the restaurant’s exact location. The size of this restaurant is smaller compared to the size of Restoran Malaysia and Gourmet Malaysia. The decor is typical of a Chinese restaurant. We ordered bak kut teh ($6.95), fried kway teow ($7.95), nasi lemak ($7.95) and teh tarik ($3).

Top: Braised Beancurd Bottom: Bak Kut Teh  At SongFa Bak Kut Teh in Singapore

Top: Braised Beancurd
Bottom: Pork Tenderloin Bak Kut Teh
At SongFa Bak Kut Teh in Singapore ($8.50)

Bak Kut Teh at Lion City Restaurant

Bak Kut Teh at Lion City Restaurant

Bak kut teh is herbal pork rib soup. The flavour is as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. I would have preferred more meat in the soup at Lion City Restaurant. The meat itself was soft, flavourful and tender. My friend enjoyed the dish. She thought the meat was very tender though she didn’t like how the soup had MSG in it.

Fried Kway Teow at Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow at Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center in Singapore

Char Kway Teow at Lion City Restaurant

Char Kway Teow at Lion City Restaurant

Fried kway teow is fried rice noodles with shrimp, chinese sausage, egg, fish cake, beansprouts and chives. It’s not as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore and not as good as the one I had at Gourmet Malaysia but it’s just as good as the one I had at Restoran Malaysia. My friend liked the dish and found it interesting but nothing special.

Nasi Lemak at Lion City Restaurant

Nasi Lemak at Lion City Restaurant

Nasi lemak is coconut rice with cucumber, fried egg, sambal, otak, and kambong. The restaurant serves nasi lemak with either kambong (mackerel fish) or ikan bilis (dried anchovies). Sambal is a spicy chili paste that’s quite prevalent in Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. Otak is fish paste wrapped in a banana leaf. The dish was ok. I liked the sambal, otak and coconut rice. I would have preferred ikan bilis over kambong however it’s my personal preference. My friend really liked the coconut rice because she found it quite fragrant.

Teh Tarik at Lion City Restaurant

Teh Tarik at Lion City Restaurant

Teh tarik is pulled tea. It’s as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore and at Restoran Malaysia. My friend enjoyed it.

Overall, if you’re in Mississauga and you want to eat Singaporean or Malaysian cuisine then it’s a decent restaurant however for somebody who’s from the east side of Toronto, it’s not worth the drive all the way to Mississauga during rush hour traffic for dinner unless you have to satisfy a huge craving for bak kut teh.

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Gourmet Malaysia

My colleague and I wanted to eat stingray in Toronto. Restoran Malaysia doesn’t serve stingray so I was on the hunt to see if I could find any restaurant in the GTA that would serve it. I came across Gourmet Malaysia and we decided to go on the first Saturday of August for lunch. We ordered poh pia ($3.80), ikan bakar (banana leaf grilled stingray) ($16.99), Penang char kwei teow ($7.80), Hainanese Chicken Rice ($7.80) and chendol ($3.99).

Poh Pia at Gourmet Malaysia

Poh Pia at Gourmet Malaysia

When I was in Singapore, I was fortunate enough to be able to have homemade popiah at a fellow local colleague’s home. She had prepped everything and all we had to do was put whatever toppings we want in it, roll it up and enjoy it. The homemade popiah was crammed with lots of stuff and the roll was quite moist which made it very delectable. At Gourmet Malaysia, the poh pia isn’t very moist and the filling isn’t as varied. Poh pia is a crepe roll with vegetables and egg. The poh pia was ok but nothing like the ones I made at my fellow colleague’s home in Singapore. My colleague in Toronto enjoyed it alot more than I did.

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Penang Char Kwei Teow at Gourmet Malaysia

Penang Char Kwei Teow at Gourmet Malaysia

The fried kway teow at Gourmet Malaysia is way better than the fried kway teow at Restoran Malaysia however it is still slightly lacking compared to the ones I had in Singapore. The fried kway teow at Gourmet Malaysia is fried hor fun noodles with seafood served on top of a banana leaf. My colleague and I found it very delicious all things considered.

Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia

The Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia isn’t as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. I absolutely love the Hainanese Chicken Rice at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall at Maxwell Hawker Center. Hainanese Chicken Rice comprises of chicken, spicy chili sauce, black sauce, vegetable garnish (typically cucumbers and/or tomatoes) and rice. The chicken meat at Gourmet Malaysia wasn’t as soft, silky and smooth as the chicken meat at Tian Tian. It also lacked the black sauce that you can find with any Hainanese chicken rice dish served anywhere in Singapore. My colleague liked it while I wasn’t a huge fan of it although it tasted good for chicken rice.

Chendol at Gourmet Malaysia

Chendol at Gourmet Malaysia

Chendol is coconut milk, ice, green jelly noodles and grass jelly. It was very delicious and quite authentic. I would have preferred it with less ice though.

Stingray in Singapore

Stingray in Singapore

Stingray at Gourmet Malaysia

Stingray at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan Bakar at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan Bakar at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan bakar also known as grilled stingray on a banana leaf is fairly authentic compared to the ones I had in Singapore. My colleague and I loved it. In order to eat the stingray, you first squeeze the lemon wedge all over the stingray then you use the fork and spoon to slice the stingray into pieces and serve it. In Singapore, the restaurants and hawker centers only give you a fork and spoon to use. Unless you ordered steak, you’ll be able to get a steak knife. When you stay in Singapore for some time, you learn to just use a fork and spoon to cut food into pieces. The sauce we’re given is spicy so if you can’t handle spicy then eat it without the sauce. My colleague prefers the stingray without the sauce while I prefer it with the sauce. I would have liked the stingray more if the sauce was drizzled all over the stingray and grilled along with it so that the stingray could really soak up the spiciness and the flavours. Overall, I would recommend this dish to everybody unless they are allergic to seafood or they don’t like to eat seafood.

Overall, now that I’ve been to two Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants in Toronto, I recommend Gourmet Malaysia over Restoran Malaysia. There is more variety of food at Gourmet Malaysia and in general, the food is more authentic in comparison. Gourmet Malaysia is also nicer on the wallet compared to Restoran Malaysia. If you’re in the mood for authentic Singaporean/Malaysian cuisine then go to Gourmet Malaysia!

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Restoran Malaysia

Say, for example, you want to travel and you love food; but you don’t have the money. The next best thing to travelling is finding the authentic restaurants for whatever country you want to visit but can’t. Restoran Malaysia in Richmond Hill serves fantastic Malaysian, Singaporean and Indonesian food. They have a fairly wide selection and they serve halal food. The word Restoran is the Malay word for Restaurant.

 My friends and I went to Restoran Malaysia during Reading week for lunch. Restoran Malaysia’s food is pretty good, all things considered. My friends and I had the teh tarik ($4), Indonesian nasi goreng ($8), fried kway teow ($7.50), Penang rojak ($10) and bobochacha ($5).  

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow at Restoran Malaysia

Fried Kway Teow at Restoran Malaysia

The fried kway teow (or char kuay teow) dish comprises of flat rice noodles, soy sauce, egg, shrimp, bean sprout, chives, and orange garnish. I was slightly disappointed with the fried kway teow (the dish didn’t have the different kinds of noodles or chinese sausage or fish cakes and the colour was too light-the soy sauce should be darker) since I was comparing its authenticity to the fried kway teow in Singapore (against the best of the best in Singapore). On the whole though, the fried kway teow was good.  

Rojak in Singapore

Rojak in Singapore

Rojak at Restoran Malaysia

Rojak at Restoran Malaysia

The Penang rojak comprises of fruits, vegetables, and tofu covered in a shrimp paste dressing with crushed toasted peanuts. The rojak was great. I preferred if it was slightly spicier but on the whole, it tasted pretty authentic to me. Of course, I only had Singaporean rojak which may be slightly different than Penang rojak since it also has fried dough stick in it. If you have any kind of nut allergy, I don’t recommend this dish for you.

Nasi Goreng at Restoran Malaysia

Nasi Goreng at Restoran Malaysia

The nasi goreng comprises of fried egg, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, fried rice, shrimp chips and orange garnish. The Indonesian nasi goreng was good although it’s not as spicy as the ones I had in Indonesia.

Bobochacha at Restoran Malaysia

Bobochacha at Restoran Malaysia

The bobochacha comprises of sweet potato, taro, cassava, sago, coconut milk, palm sugar and pandan. The bobochacha was better than the ones I had in Singapore.

Teh Tarik at Restoran Malaysia

Teh Tarik at Restoran Malaysia

Teh tarik literally translates to pulled tea. During the tea preparation, you would transfer the tea between two cups quickly and thus, a “pulling” effect occurs. This pulling effect helps make the tea smooth and quickly cools it. Teh Tarik comprises of black tea, condensed milk and evaporated milk. The teh tarik is definitely very authentic and a must-have!

I went there again with my friend and her family in April. This time we had satay (mutton ($15), beef ($14), and chicken($12)), fried kway teow ($10), gado-gado ($7), chicken murtabak ($6.50), roti canai/prata with beef curry ($9) and with chicken curry($8.50), mango salad ($8), Singapore laksa($10), teh tarik ($4), teh halia ($5), kek lapis ($5) and bobochacha ($5).

Chicken Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Chicken Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Beef Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Beef Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Mutton Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Mutton Satay at Restoran Malaysia

The satay was good. It’s exactly like the satay served in Singapore, with the peanut sauce and the side of cucumbers. I don’t have a preference between mutton, beef or chicken although I did find the beef to be quite chewy. Satay itself is basically BBQ meat on a stick.

Gado Gado at Restoran Malaysia

Gado Gado at Restoran Malaysia

The gado-gado was slightly spicy but quite delicious. The gado-gado is composed of bean sprouts, cucumber, hard boiled egg, fried tofu, jicama, peanut dressing and shrimp chips. The shrimp chips is slightly different from the shrimp chips that you would find in the dish in South East Asia.

Mango Salad at Restoran Malaysia

Mango Salad at Restoran Malaysia

The mango salad was ok. The mango salad has green mango, shallot, sweet pepper, chopped sundried shrimp, toasted peanut and Thai vinaigrette.

At Restoran Malaysia Top: Prata with Chicken Curry Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia
Top: Prata with Chicken Curry
Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia Top: Prata with Beef Curry Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia
Top: Prata with Beef Curry
Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

The chicken murtabak is a stuffed roti and it’s stuffed with chopped chicken, spices, onion and eggs. The chicken murtabak was good. It’s not as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore since the ones served in Singapore  come with a large bowl of curry so you can dip the murtabak in it then eat it. The one served at Restoran Malaysia doesn’t  come with curry or any kind of sauce. Luckily, we were able to dip the murtabak in the curry sauce for the roti so it became fairly authentic to me.

The prata with beef curry and the prata with chicken curry were both good. It was as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. There were pieces of meat in the curry sauce and the roti was crispy.

Laksa in Singapore Left: Singapore Laksa Right: Assam Laksa

Laksa in Singapore
Left: Singapore Laksa
Right: Assam Laksa

Singapore Laksa at Restoran Malaysia

Singapore Laksa at Restoran Malaysia

Singapore laksa is comprised of Miki noodles, chicken. tofu, fish cake and beansprouts in a shrimp based laksa broth. It was enjoyable although it wasn’t as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. There were more toppings in Singapore and it’s spicier in Singapore.

At Restoran Malaysia Left: Teh Halia Right: Teh Tarik

At Restoran Malaysia
Left: Teh Tarik
Right: Teh Halia

Teh halia means ginger tea in Malay. I had the ginger milk tea. It was just as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. It had a strong ginger taste and smell. I really enjoyed it. My friend had the teh tarik and she loved it.

At Restoran Malaysia Side: Kek Lapis Center: Bobochacha

At Restoran Malaysia
Side: Kek Lapis
Center: Bobochacha

Kek lapis is spice layered cake. It originates from Indonesia and was brought to Malaysia where it’s served on special occasions. Kek lapis comes in many different colours and patterns. It’s made with butter, flour, eggs, spices, baking powder, caster sugar, vanilla essence and condensed milk. The one at Restoran Malaysia is authentic if on the plain side.

Overall, I felt that the quality of the food for both of my visits were delectable and the service was good. I would definitely go back there again =)

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