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).
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 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 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 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.
- Gourmet Malaysia (travellingfoodtographer.wordpress.com)
- Restoran Malaysia (travellingfoodtographer.wordpress.com)