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 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 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.
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.
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.
- Gourmet Malaysia (travellingfoodtographer.wordpress.com)
- Restoran Malaysia (travellingfoodtographer.wordpress.com)
- Lion City Restaurant (travellingfoodtographer.wordpress.com)
- Gourmet Malaysia (belchingrabbit.wordpress.com)