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Sunday, January 21, 2007

KL Malaysian Restaurant

7818 Bellaire Blvd

There aren't many Malaysian restaurants in Houston. The only other one I know of is Cafe Malay. Rekha used to think that the restaurant location was just a front for illegal drug activity because the Taiwanese restaurant that previously occupied the space had so few customers. Now we know better. This is a place where Malaysians come to eat Malaysian food.

The decor is cheap. The service is sometimes slow, but friendly. The location is odd. But in the end, this restaurants serves up Malaysian food in Houston--something I've never experienced before.

We had the bak kut teh soup. It's a concoction of pork, mushrooms, and bean curd in a dense brown beef-like broth. The flavor is pretty unique. I can see that it could get addictive. We also tried the chili fish on banana leaf. They take flounder, smother it with a thick shrimp and chili past (not too hot) and cook it on a bed of banana leaf. It was good, but not great.

I don't know a thing about Malaysian food. I don't know if this restaurant is good or bad, but I do know that I want to come back and try more things on the menu.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blogs, I was wondering if you can reccomend more cheap Asian places (like hole in the walls).
Also, can you do a 2006 Best of again plz :)


January 23, 2007

Blogger Huan said...

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm never sure who is reading this blog.

Some recommendations for cheap Asian restaurants:

Thai Spice Fastfood (Bellaire Location, inconsistent, but often very good)

Pho Nguyen (on Beechnut, Chicken pho only)

Lucky Pot (Bellaire)

Xiong's Cafe (Bellaire, scallion pancakes are good)

Fufu Cafe (cheaper and less extensive menu than Sinh Sinh but often just as good)

Don's Sandwiches (Bellaire, try the BBQ Pork Sandwich)

Lee's Sandwiches (it's a chain and nothing is good except the Iced Lee's Coffee)

Vieng Thai (Long Point)

Bodard Bistro (Bellaire, try the Nha Trang Spring Roll)

Com Tam Kieu Giang (inside Hong Kong Mall, crushed rice plates)

East Wall (Peking duck is supposed to be good, but I've never tried the duck, just the restaurant)

January 23, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

shanghai cuisine (which used to be the taiwanese place that was called co po lo which used to be the spot where KL Malaysian is now) is now in the Welcome center on Bellaire and Ranchester. Probably the best homey chinese food. Try the salt and pepper pork ribs and the flat noodles with beef

January 31, 2007

Blogger Willy said...

I had the pleasure of living and working in Malaysia for four years. During that time I came to know a genuinely warm and friendly people and enjoy a really unique taste in food. For a taste experience you will always remember and come back for the K. L. Malaysian restaurant produces real Malaysian food at a great price. Tucked in an out of the way corner of Houston on Bellaire St this restaurant is worth the effort to try something new or find the authentic taste of Malaysia half way around the world from home.

July 27, 2007

Blogger Jin Sheen said...

Yay on Malaysian food! Being a Malaysian myself, I'm proud that you want to go back.

Just a bit of background, Bak Kut Teh stands for Meat Bone Tea in Hokkien (one of the many Chinese dialects spoken in Malaysia) - it's quite famous in Malaysia especially in the Klang Valley (The saying is that Klang Bak Kut Teh is the best!). We tend to eat it here during winter coz it's hot soup and yumm - you can get easy to make Bak Kut Teh if you know where you buy them and you can add spices to it as you like.

The other thing you ate sounds like Ikan Panggang- also another good dish that a lot of Malaysians crave for when they go home.. The shrimp paste might be belacan - which essentially is shrimp paste, but i think the Belacan in Malaysia has a lot of added ingredients.. (Not exactly sure what though..)

In general, Malaysian food is influenced by many cultures, mainly Malay, Indian and Chinese - as those are the 3 major races in our country. As one of your commenters said, it is all about the food - Malaysians care a lot about good food and when it comes to gathering and such - you gotta eat well. :)

I hope you return to the restaurant and try some of the other dishes, a couple of signature malaysian dishes that are different but still yummy are Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Popiah, Hokkien Fried Mee... mmm mmm Mmm. :)

January 18, 2008


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