What comes between lunch and dinner? Lunner, of course: it’s what all the cool kids are doing.
Cendol: my favorite Malaysian dessert. Have at it before the ice melts, but when it does, the palm syrup and coconut milk-laced soup that results is arguably just as satisfying. I would totally bottle that stuff and down it by the gallon. The pandan noodles (aka the green squiggles) were cute, a nice little addition to every other spoonful or so, but I could’ve done without the beans…they unnecessarily weighed down the dish.
Rojak: too much of the pungent shrimp paste sauce, completely overpowering the fresh, raw vegetables and fruit. If I wanted this much sauce in my system, I’d drink it. Rasa Malaysia calls this a “Penang-style salad”, but the “salad” part was playing second fiddle here…it was more like a shrimp paste soup that just happened to be dumped onto some raw veggies.
Banana pancake: my friend S’s favorite. I get the feeling there are a few versions of this around Malaysia; this one was a ultra-crispy, thin as possible crepe stuffed with bananas and a sugary peanut filling. A great ingredient combination that just works.
Roti canai and stuffed roti: I can see it now — fried bread as the next health food craze.
Unfortunately, I did not capture the contents of our dinner this evening, which included a ton of satay, some tasty roasted chicken, and more banana pancakes (similar to these). What’s more unfortunate is that during this meal, a button exploded off a most undesirable section of my dress. I don’t think the button explosion was food-related, unless my food gets redirected…elsewhere.
New World Cafe
10 Swatow Lane