Ever had one of those nights where it’s cold and rainy and you would feel moody, lonely, hungry, and, most of all, cold?! Oh I have definitely felt it, but having to resort to instant noodles and Facebook just doesn’t give the same comfort that good food and good companions give. Even though it was one of those nights on November 2nd, 2013, there was a solution to experience the down in the dumps moments: joining the “No Friends? No Problem!” mini club! For the first meeting, the members and I met up for Malaysian food at Kaya Malay Bistro, located on West Broadway.
The restaurant was jam-packed with people on a Saturday night, but luckily we were smart enough to make reservations beforehand (or at least had the common sense to book knowing that it wouldn’t be easy to accommodate for a large group of nine). Once we settled at the table, a group of strangers – and lonely people – started their rounds of introduction and we instantly became friends, bonded by our love of good food. We also found out that there are actually four of us who have been to Malaysia and tried authentic Malaysian cuisine, me being one of them. I guess we would be the biggest critics for our meal that night!
Hmm what do you do when you open the menu and can’t decide on what to order? Well, you just order everything! (Alright I might have exaggerated a little.) We decided to order a bunch of things from the menu to share, so that we can get a taste of variety of dishes. The first thing that was served was the appetizers, which were a mixture of calamari rings, chicken satay, roti canai, samosa, and salad. It came with three sauces: sweet chili, peanut, and curry. We didn’t know which sauce went with each dish, so we, being adventurous foodies, just went ahead and dipped anything and everything. It still ended up tasting delicious!
After that, we were served with pineapple fried rice, more meat skewers, soft shell crab, pumpkin curry, mee goreng, mango salad, and, the utmost craved dish for a night like this, LAKSA, which is translated as hot curry noodle soup. However, after devouring all of these dishes, it seemed that our stomachs were still not satisfied. We ordered another plate of fried rice and three plates of kuih dadar dessert (pandan flavoured hand-rolled crepe stuffed with grated coconut steeped in palm sugar). It was all sorts of coconut awesome and it ended our meal of the night with a BANG.
When it was time to pay for the bill, the waitress told us that they didn’t charge us for two plates of desserts to compensate for the fact that they had forgotten our order of the fried rice, and had made us wait awhile before they cooked us one. (We weren’t aware of the latter since we were busy mingling away.) Each of us only had to pay $17 dollars for the whole meal in the end. We felt that it was great value and worth returning again for their good food and good service. However, those that had already tried Malaysian food said that the food back in Malaysia still tasted different in some ways and would’ve been way spicier and much cheaper! But despite their comments, they had no regrets eating here because it was still good delicious food. They were also glad that Malaysian cuisine is well-known here in Vancouver; people here can finally experience a taste of Malaysia!
The next time when you encounter one of those nights (which I anticipate it to be pretty frequent now that winter is coming), try out Kaya Malay Bistro for some good ol’ comfort food and bring along your good ol’ buddies. Trust me, it will be a night well spent!