With DOV, La Poutine Week, and the Chowder Chowdown all but finished, we were left to our own devices when it came to lunch on Sunday. You know what we haven't had for a while is Malaysian food! Singapore Hawker has been on my list.
Located just behind Coquitlam Centre Mall, SH is sort of cafeteria-style. You order at the counter and a semi-sultry computer voice announces that you can pick up your order when it is ready.
We started with a few small bites. The Roti Canai was just great being crispy yet pillowy. We love this thin crepe and to be honest, I've never had a bad version of it. Tasty dip also! I could live on this stuff.
We'd never had a Nyona Sambal Egg before but $2.50 to try something new is a situation that I cannot pass up. The spicy sauce on the deep-fried egg was rich with shrimp paste. This was a salty and very enjoyable little bite!
Gado Gado is a wonderful Indonesian dish that we are often inclined to order.
The nicely assembled dish needed to be messed up a bit so that we could see what was there. The green beans were very good having some really good crispy texture to them. Sprouts, tofu and a sesame peanut sauce round out the dish. I actually found the texture of the sauce could have been smoother. That seems a bit of a small deal as it was still tasty.
Laksa is always a high light for us and maybe even the main draw when we are eating Malaysian food. SH offers 3 varieties and we tried the Singapore Laksa which scored well in our books. Coconutty and warming with lots of stuff. Some nice shrimp, fish balls, tofu puffs, sprouts and vermicelli make this a soup where every bite provides something different. A pretty decent deal at $11.95 like everything on the menu here.
And finally, Nyonya Rendang Lembu (also known as Beef Rendang) which ended up going home with us. Nyonya cuisine is evidently, the cuisine of a specific group of Malaysian and Indonesian people who intermarried with southern Chinese migrants at some point in their history. I'm merely condensing what I read on Wikipedia and don't consider myself to be an expert but they make a tasty dish! The beef was tender, the sauce rich and the rice fragrant. I try not to order beef but this dish always sucks me in.
For cafeteria-style, the room was comfortable and the colours soothing. Nice and bright with big windows, but watch out for slippery spots on the floor. The staff here all seem friendly and things are spaced out, plexi-glassed where they need to be and everyone is masked. I am impressed by the pricing as we paid $39 and took food home. Make sure you find the tip jar as the interact terminal doesn't have the option to tip for some reason.
Food 3 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 3 out of 5
Service 3 1/2 out of 5
Value 3 1/2 out of 5
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