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Roti Canai

Nyonya of Brooklyn

by Peng Li on October 2, 2009

You’re probably wondering, why Nyona again? I really wanted to compare them with the Chinatown counterpart.

Food is great as always, and expect prices to be on average $1 cheaper. Roti Canai is just $2.50 and very tasty and crispy. If you enjoy soggy roti then I suggest to soak in the curry sauce a bit longer.

We had two of the most popular dishes. Chow Keow Teow and Hunan Chicken with rice (your choice of dark or white meat). The first dish came out extremely spicy, so if you don’t eat spice then make sure you tell the waiter no spice. I still stomached it, but with the help of a lot of water. The good amount of shrimp and squid made it very fulfilling. None of the above dishes are priced over $6, so its very reasonable by any standards.
Dessert you can have ABC which is layers of shredded ice, beans, corn and coloring.
Pros: Decor, open storefront during warm days, great use of wood on the walls
Cons: Water tasted a little like soap, certain “AA” wait staff could be rude
Make sure they give you free oranges after you get the check.
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Nyonya Malaysian Cuisine

by Peng Li on August 3, 2009


I went there for my birthday dinner from a good friend’s suggestion. The decor is typical of your Chinese-owned Malaysian cuisine around the city, wooden walls and ceilings cover the inside with a makeshift ‘bridge’ area that I did not notice until my friend mentioned it.

Note: Cash only, no credit cards accepted.

Sorry for the shoddy pictures, I didn’t bring my camera and this was all from a camera phone.

As with all Malaysian restaurants, an order of the roti canai is a must. We each ended up ordering our own. At $3.25a pop, it’s pretty resonable by tourist standards, however many other restaurants are usually $1 cheaper. The bread very thin and crispy, just the way I like it. Served with a mild curry sauce, its my favorite dish there. Best part is, if you go in really hungry this is the fastest appetizer, it usually takes them two minutes to bring it out. Second is the sauteed noodles (#2 under the noodle menu) I loved the texture of their thick noodles with dark soy sauce. I can simply have this alone as the entree. A spicy sauce is provided on the side to be used with discretion.

We decided to venture out of the norm and ordered the crabs dish. Priced at $15 I had high expectations. Perhaps it would be large crabs or a large quantity of it. But neither was true, it was your typical ‘Chinatown crabs’ seen at any seafood store. The crabs were small and meatless, but Nyonya is not completely at fault since this is not the season for crabs. I was impressed by the way they cooked it because it rendered the meat extremely flavorful. Chinese families like mine usually steam them and eat with some vinegar on top. I would definitely try it again when it’s the correct season. A suggestion would be to serve two more crabs for the dish as these are pretty inexpesive crabs.

Finally theres the seafood fried rice. I mean fried rice is fried rice, it’s pretty difficult to screw that up. They used a nice quality rice that’s not soft, maybe its the Thailand Three Elephant brand but I doubt it. Nontheless, it wasn’t bad.

It got pretty busy at 8 on a Tuesday night. When my group finished our tea, we asked the waiter for some more. But 15 minutes passed and he obviously forgot,so we called another waiter noting that our tea kettle is empty, she promptly brought us more tea.

Positives: Price, selection
Negatives: Service, could get slow at the busy hours. Typical dirty
bathroom.
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