Taste Good? More like Taste Amazing. We apologize for picking that low-hanging fruit, but it’s important you know that, in terms of its name, this slender Malaysian restaurant is selling itself short. The roti canai here is chewy, flaky and undeniably one of the best things you can eat in this city, and the creamy broth in the Singapore kari laksa tastes like the distilled and perfected essence of shrimp. Order both of these things, and start with a plate of the Malaysian satay panggang.
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Eim Khao Mun Kai
There’s only one thing at the menu at Eim Khao Mun Kai: a Thai version of Hainanese chicken. It comes with a side of broth, and it’s very good.
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Little House Cafe is a little bakery in Elmhurst that also has an extensive menu with some very good Malaysian food.
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Fish Market is a rowdy neighborhood bar in the South Street Seaport that has excellent Chinese and Malaysian food and a cult-like following.
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