Happy Monday! I’ll be heading to Singapore for a few days next week – the country is known for its AMAZING food, so I’ll be pigging out there, no question! In anticipation of that, I thought I’d share my dining experiences at a few South-East Asian restaurants in NYC. I recently dined at New Malaysia with fellow blogger Terri. Malaysia and Singapore have quite similar cuisine, so this post will provide you with a glimpse of what I’ll be sampling next week.
We started with the Roti Canai (first picture). Roti resembles a crispy chewy pancake, accompanied with chicken curry. In Singapore and Malaysia, the chicken is replaced with mutton; however, I’m guessing that chicken is more amenable to the American palate. I loved the roti at New Malaysia, with its crispy and flaky layers and oily curry for dipping.
We also ordered the Hainanese Chicken, with a two side orders of chicken rice. I can best describe Hainanese chicken as poultry in its purest form – the intense chicken flavor of this dish, when prepared traditionally, is mouthwatering. My aunt used to prepare Hainanese chicken rice, as my uncle grew up in Malaysia – this dish always makes me nostalgic!
Here’s a tip when ordering Hainanese Chicken Rice. There are usually two ways to order. One method is to order “Hainanese Chicken Rice,” which consists primarily of the delicious chicken-stock rice with a few pieces of chicken. However, I’m a meat-eater. I like my chicken. I order the two components separately – one order of Hainanese Chicken and a bowl of Hainanese Flavored Rice. The reward – a quarter or half-chicken and a big bowl of savory rice. WIN!
To round out our meal, we ordered the Chow Kueh Teow – rice noodles stir-fried with soy sauce, chili, belachan and other ingredients high on the umami scale.
This dish, while delicious, is also quite user-friendly for the Malaysian cuisine newbie. Sometimes called Char Kueh Teow or Char Kway Teow, it’s one of my go-to ordering faves.
New Malaysia offers simple and authentic Malaysian/Singaporean food at a great value – this hearty meal cost each of us less than $10. If you’re looking to try this unique cuisine, I would definitely recommend New Malaysia.
Authentic Malaysian/Singaporean cuisine at a great price.
46-48 Bowery (between Bayard & Canal)
Have you had Malaysian or Singaporean food before? If so, what’s your favorite dish?