Location: 3144 West Broadway, Vancouver
We stumbled across this tiny Malaysian eatery on W Broadway one night. The place was very busy during dinner time, as there was an abundance of both eat-in patrons and takeout customers. They even had a sign acknowledging that they were short-staffed! Although the service wasn’t the fastest, the staff was still very friendly and welcoming.
We decided the order two of the most iconic Southeast Asian dishes: Hainanese chicken rice, and laksa noodle soup.
Hainanese chicken rice + soup ($13.50 for large)
(The radish soup was not shown because it was too delicious, and we consumed it before we could take pictures)
The chicken-oil-infused rice is a borderline guilty pleasure. Once you start eating, you will not want to stop. It was nice of them to de-bone all the chicken! However, it does make the portion size appear smaller. We liked the contrast of the two dipping sauces (red = sweet and sour chilli sauce; green = garlic, chives, and ginger?). As you can see in the photo, they also drizzled sweet soy sauce all over the chicken. As a small nitpick, we wished the sauces were separated and served in small dipping trays. That way, the customers can have full control over what and how much they want to dip!
Seafood Laksa Noodle Soup ($10.95)
Soup: A little bit less viscous/rich than expected. In terms of consistency, I would say it’s between a pho broth and a Japanese ramen soup. The laksa soup was packed with curry and coconut flavour. Very tropical!
Noodles: It isn’t show in the picture, but the bowl contained three types of noodles: egg noodles, rice noodles, and bean curd strands. We really liked the texture profile.
Toppings: Shrimps, imitation grabs, fried tofu, and bean sprouts. Not the most extravagant, but delicious nonetheless.
Compared to the Hainanese chicken rice, we felt the seafood laksa noodle soup was a better bang-for-the-buck.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Pros: tasty, authentic Southeast Asian cuisine
Cons: (understandably) slow service; portion size
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