I was glad to see last month another Malaysian restaurant has opened on SE Marine Drive in Vancouver — just off the Knight Street Bridge. This Kedah House restaurant is owned by the same operator of the Kedah House along Fraser St. It looks like they are going to close the one along Fraser and moving (or have moved?) to this new larger premises. They have a website at http://kedahhouse.com and listed their menu … go check it out.
Unlike the many other Malaysian restaurants, this one is owned and operated by Malays. Most other Vancouver area restaurants are chinese owned. So this adds a lot of authenticity to the claim of being truly Malay restaurant.
Don’t expect too much in terms of decor or ambiance from this place. The food was not bad and the prices are, well, berpatutan (reasonable in Malay). We had been to the old restaurant several times before. This new place is surprisingly quite busy on a Saturday afternoon.
I ordered the Lamb Nasi Beryani which is basmati rice with aromatic spices and turmeric. Although it was flavourful, I was somewhat disappointed with the lamb — they are boney and does not have much meat at all. I prefer lamb meat in chunks. This dish is served with a bowl of curry.
Arkensen and Nanzaro wanted fried rice and opted for the Nasi Goreng Kedah (Kedah fried rice). This dish is served with a flat Malay-style omelette covering the entire dish.
Under the omelette was the crunchy fried anchovies. We could detect a unmistakable taste of sambal. Hmmm … it never quite occured to us but since we have a stash of sambal somewhere at home, Suanne said that she’ll try to experiment with some sambal dishes. This dish costs $9.50 — pretty expensive if you ask me.
Suanne ordered the Mee Goreng (simply, fried noodles Malay style). I grew up on these stuff and can never get tired eating this even though it’s all greasy and oily! They added some seafood but there were so little of it that we can hardly pick them out.
This dish costs $7.75. This would be better if they have some meat in them … like chicken, fish cakes, cuttle fish, prawns, etc.
All in all, not bad — am just glad there’s another Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver and so much more nearer our home in Richmond.