Being Malaysian I have pretty high standards for Malaysian food. I'm entirely unsure why a cosmopolitan city like Vancouver can have generally such poor Malaysian food but that might be because Vangroovy is a relatively small city. Malaysian food is spicy, incredibly complex and expensive to do right. Indians who might eat spicy instead eat Indian food. Mainland and Southern Chinese eat the garbage Cantonese bland food. Adventurous people might try Malaysian food but really, in a city of 1.2m people how many truly adventurous palates are there? This might go a long way to explaining why so much Thai food in this city should only be served to dogs.
So in brief, the Malaysian food here is not bad. Some dishes are done better than the others. Some are dumbed down for orang putih (carrots? tomatoes? GMAB). Roti, Laksa, Char Kuay Teow, Nasi Lemak, Kai Fan are good. Laksa could be a bit more spicy but toning it down is understandable. Curry Chicken and Sayur Lemak are a bit on the soggy side. Their Hainanese chicken rice is pretty darn good though. Prices are reasonable too which gives it pretty decent marks
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