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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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Don Don Izakaya

It was the first time my friend and I went to Don Don Izakaya two weeks ago at the end of July. Another friend was telling us about eating at an Izakaya restaurant so we decided to try this one since Guu Izakaya and Guu Sakabar were too far from where we were wandering around in Downtown Toronto. Matsuri (the first Japanese cultural festival in Toronto) was also occuring at Yonge Dundas Square on that day. We went there first and we weren’t completely wow’ed by it. It was fun to see people cosplaying though. At Don Don Izakaya, my friend and I sat at the bar because there were no tables available. The decor is quite rustic in a Japanese style. Most of the furniture looks like it’s made from wood.

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Between the two of us we ordered a total of 5 dishes. My friend had the Crispy Fried Shimp ($6) and Beef Bowl ($6.20). He liked both of them. I ordered the Black Seafood Rice ($7.8). We split the Hoppeta Yaki ($8.50) and the Grilled Quail ($9). I was pleasantly full from the three dishes.

Hoppeta Yaki

Hoppeta Yaki

Hoppeta Yaki is potatoes and chicken in otafuku sauce. The bonito flakes (it’s hiding the potatoes and chicken) actually moved even though there was no wind or breeze where we were sitting, it’s quite cool to see your food move by itself. All things considered, it’s quite tasty.

Black Seafood Rice

Black Seafood Rice

The Black Seafood Rice is seaweed, seafood, rice and ketchup. It was enjoyable although there wasn’t alot of seafood in it.

Beef Bowl

Beef Bowl

The Beef Bowl is beef, sesame, onion and rice. My friend liked it because it reminded him of the beef bowls that he would eat in Hong Kong from the fast food chain Yoshinoya.

Grilled Quail

Grilled Quail

The Grilled Quail is 4 pieces of qauil that’s wasabi flavoured. I didn’t taste the wasabi flavour at all. The quail was delicious though.

If you’re at Don Don Izakaya, I recommend the Hoppeta Yaki. The Black Seafood Rice and Grilled Quail are also good if you want to eat seafood rice or quail. I wasn’t amazed with this restaurant however it does have fairly tasty food even though it’s slightly pricey for the portion sizes.

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Thai Fusion

My family friends and I went to Thai Fusion for dinner back in January. My family friends usually order take out from the restaurant however this time around we were eating at the restaurant. It’s an affordable Thai restaurant in East York, close to Danforth Ave. We ordered five different appetizers and dishes. We had the sticky rice with peanut sauce ($3.95), crispy fusion ($10.95), shrimp pad thai ($9.95), spicy thai eggplant ($7.95) and tamarine beef curry ($9.95).

Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce

Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce

The sticky rice with peanut sauce is exactly that, a bowl of peanut sauce (I wouldn’t recommend this dish to anybody with a nut allergy) and sticky rice rolled up into these cute little balls. The sticky rice wasn’t as sticky as I thought it would be. I thought the sticky rice would be similar to the glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves that’s prevalent during the Chinese Dragonboat Festival or at dim sum restaurants.

Crispy Fusion

Crispy Fusion

Crispy Fusion includes 2 chicken satay, 2 fresh rolls, 3 Thai baskets, 2 deep fried tofu and mango salad. Fresh rolls are a kind of rice pastry that’s filled with shredded chicken, cucumber, carrot, basil and mint leaves and it’s served with sweet and sour sauce. I liked the mango salad, fresh rolls and Thai baskets.

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp pad thai consists of shrimp, eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, tamarind sauce and fried rice noodles. The peanuts are served on the side along with a wedge of orange and lime. The pad thai is delicious but not as good as the one I had in Bangkok, Thailand.

Spicy Thai Eggplant

Spicy Thai Eggplant

Spicy Thai Eggplant consists of stir-fried eggplant, onion, chili, red and green peppers and basil leaves. I really liked it. I prefer ordering eggplant when I eat out since I don’t know how to properly cook it or select the best eggplant when grocery shopping.

Tamarine Beef Curry

Tamarine Beef Curry

Tamarine beef curry comprises of beef in a spicy coconut milk curry sauce with tamarine juice, potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions and tomatoes. It was my favourite dish out of the five dishes we tried. It goes very well with the shrimp pad thai.

The next time I come here, I want to try their banana and jackfruit fritter. Overall, if you’re in East York and you have a craving for Thai food, this is a delicious and affordable place to go to.

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