Joy visits Restoran Malaysia for a taste of their abundant Satay Platter. Marinated chicken, beef and mutton satays are side by side with starters like succulent shrimp cakes and crispy spring rolls. Delicious! To satisfy her noodle craving, Joy tucks into spicy Penang-fried Kuay Teow - wide, flat noodles garnished with chilies. There’s also the Penang Rojak, a sweet and savoury fruit and vegetable salad covered in a dark shrimp paste. To take the edge off the seasonings, Joy dips into the Sago Gula Melaka pudding. Tapioca-like sago pearls coated in palm syrup and coconut cream, it’s the perfect balance to a fiery meal.
Chef Tricia Soo from Matahari Grill gives Ali a lesson in making Nyonya curry, a blend of Chinese and Malay influences. Meanwhile, Joy makes a trip to Tin Yin to buy authentic Malaysian ingredients like sago, candlenuts, belachan and petis.
Back at the Matahari Grill, Ali gets a flavour burst with Nasi Lemak - a bed of coconut rice with sides of achar achar salad, tamarind shrimp and sambal anchovies. He’s not missing out on his own share of noodles when he tries Curry Laksa, egg noodles bathed in a delicious coconut curry broth topped with shrimp, tofu and chicken. For dessert, Ali tries green pandan crêpes. And finally, Joy sips at Teh Tarik - a frothy tea made by tossing milky tea back and forth from large mugs.
Restoran Malaysia, 815 Major Mackenzie Drive East, Richmond Hill, 905-508-1432
Matahari Grill, 39 Baldwin Street, Toronto, 416-596-2832
Tin Yin, 63 Silver Star Boulevard #E9, Toronto, 416-609-0125