Malaysian/Singaporean: Taste Good

Eating Out

I recently made a little “field trip” out to Elmhurst, Queens, in the name of soup.  But this wasn’t just *any* soup – it was one of my favorite Singaporean dishes, laska.  The venue in question?  A hole-in-the-wall joint called Taste Good (I’m not making this up).  I wrote about my experience with the real deal in Singapore (and that wasn’t even my FAVE laksa place in Singapore!), so I was quite eager to see how this version compared.  Taste Good’s laksa is listed in New York Magazine’s selection of the City’s 50 Best Soups – so it has to be good, right?  I was about to find out…


But first, we started with one of my old faves – roti canai.   This flaky, chewy pancake with chicken curry dipping sauce is always a welcome hit, and Taste Good’s version didn’t disappoint:

Four our mains, in addition to the bowls of laksa, we ordered the Hainanese Chicken with Rice.   Prepared with a method that distills the very essence of chicken flavor into tender, perfectly seasoned meat, this dish is accompanied by aromatic rice that is prepared with the chicken fat and stock.  Delicious.

Taste Good also ordered a hard-to-find dish that we simply had  to order – sambal stingray.  Sambal, a sweet sour chili sauce, covers barbecued stingray meat.  The stingray itself is surprisingly tender, not gamey at all, and hearty.

As a vegetable, we ordered my favorite (when it comes to veggies; it’s all relative, right?)  – the kangkung belacan:

This is another dish that I’ve mentioned in previous posts – Chinese water spinach with spicy shrimp paste.  It’s got a just a tad of heat and briny, shrimpy flavor.  Mmm.


We also ordered the beef rendang, which I’m generally not a fan of (there’s an unknown ingredient in the dish that is appetizing to others but not to me).  However, this version was flavorful, not overwhelming and tender:

And what did I think of that bowl of laksa? Well, see for yourself:

I cleaned that bowl UP.  With tofu, shrimp, chicken, fishcake, egg, onions and more in a rich, spicy coconut curry broth, Taste Good’s laksa was as close to the real deal as I’ve had in NYC thus far.  Do yourself a favor and spice it up even further with the chili paste provided at the table – you won’t regret it.  You are in for the soup experience you’ll remember for a while.


Unless you live in Elmhurst, Taste Good is a bit of a trek – however, the authenticity and great prices make the trip worth it.  If you like Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine, you’ll get a kick out of Taste Good!


Taste Good

8218 45th Ave. (Elmhurst, NY)



Lives up to its name!

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    July 7, 2011 at 8:54 am

    with that name and those mouthwatering dishes, how can one resist!

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    July 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Looks delicious! I’ve never had stingray before and didn’t even know it was something you could order!

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    Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Oooh looks like I’ll have to be making a road trip 🙂

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    July 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Ooh definitely Singaporean/Malaysian! Mmm sambal stingray is the best though as you can imagine I don’t eat Singaporean food when back in NYC!


    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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    July 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    wow, everything looks fantastic! definitely worth remembering next time i get to nyc 🙂

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    July 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    YUM! I love haianese chicken, so soft and tender. Just love to drown the piece of chicken in their soy sauce, ginger and scallion sauce, and the chili sauce. I really need to try that veggie dish, the shrimp paste sounds really appealing.

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    July 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks to your post, we are already making plans with our buddy to go here to relive our trip to Singapore. When are you going to venture out to my neck of the woods?

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    July 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I grew up in Elmhurst, but this was quite a while ago. My grandmother’s store was on Broadway across the street from the park, but I don’t remember the restaurant, and I think there was a bowling alley on that street. Times have changed. Thanks for sharing a good food find.

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    July 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    DROOL! I had no idea Singaporean food had such diverse flavors… I always thought of it as chilli crab or Chinese influenced….. everything looks soooooo good! I wanna try a Singaporean restaurant based on these recommendations but I don’t know where to start in S.F. besides Thanh Long down the street from my house (and they are famous for their chilli crab!). I hope you come to S.F. and show me one day!

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    July 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I absolutely LOVE roti canai & kangkung belacan! Been wanting to try this place out since I first heard about it from you but I’m even more motivated now. Thanks!!

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    July 8, 2011 at 1:22 am

    everything looks delicious! i’m inspired to search out some malaysian food in my city!!

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    July 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Woo! That laksa looks so inviting with its creamy spiciness!

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    Rockrose Development
    July 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    We have a building not too far away in Long Island City. We’re certainly going to have to tell our residents about Taste Good in Elmhurst…everything sounds so good there!

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