Penang Delight Cafe is hidden away in a small plaza on W. 73rd and Hudson. It’s right next to Cafe L’Orangerie. Their first location is on Rupert street but I’ve never been there before. We came on a Monday and it was pretty quiet.
We started off by sharing some Roti Canai. It was okay but not the best I’ve ever had. Read more
Hawker’s Delight is known for their Malaysian-Singaporean cuisine and I finally had a chance to try it! They’re a bit of a hole in the wall and the inside is kinda dark and small too. You order at the counter and then they’ll give you a number and call you when it’s ready.
Our food came INCREDIBLY fast. I guess because everything is pretty much prepared already and they just need to assemble it in a bowl. We both ordered the Laksa for $7.15!!! It was a HUGE piping hot bowl and the noodles were filled all the way to the top. Not sure if you can tell how big it is from this picture! The toppings include a hard boiled egg, tofu puffs, chicken and sliced fish cubes. The chicken was sliced into thin strips and was tender and smooth. There was also some sauce on top but I wasn’t sure what it was but it was tasty mixed in with everything. There were also some bean sprouts at the bottom that I discovered later. The soup was very creamy but not as spicy as I imagined. The heat was more like an afterthought.
Needless to say, neither of us finished our bowls and we ended up taking half to go. The take out containers cost $0.25 each but it was still a good deal considering this was two meals for me. We should really learn to share. Also, our lunch took less than half an hour! Not everything is this cheap but the portion makes up for it.
Good food, great prices!
For our weekly Friday lunch, we decided to visit Kaya Malay Bistro. It was either Kaya or Banana Leaf and they both happen to be on Broadway. Since I haven’t been to Kaya before I voted that we go! The prices for their lunch special are similar to Banana Leaf. The interior was very spacious and modern looking.
I ordered the Char Bee Hoon which was fried rice noodles with with shrimp, fish cake, squid, bean sprout and egg. This was a non spicy dish and it tasted pretty average to me. Also the squid was quite over cooked so it was really chewy.
This was the Kari Lamb which was boneless lamb stewed in curry and served with rice and a small side of salad. It was made to be extra spicy and it was also very tender so I liked this better than my noodles!
The food was alright but nothing memorable. Might have to try their dinner for a better review!
My first visit to Banana Leaf! I think I expected it to be something like Tropika. Not that I’ve been to Tropika many times either. Instead of going to Benkei for ramen we randomly ended up here since we had no idea where the 99 B line stop near Benkei was. The decor and atmosphere here was quite nice with attempts to look exotic judging by the fake plants, dark green walls, and fake parrots. Since we were in a hurry, I quickly chose something from the lunch special menu, Nasi Goreng, Malaysian style fried rice for $8. All the lunch special items were between $8-$14. I also saw the same dish on the regular menu for $11 so maybe the portion for the lunch menu was smaller? The food came pretty quickly and it was good! Probably because it had a lot of sauce on it and I like sauce! It was a sweet sauce, can’t really describe it… something along the lines of that thai sweet chilli sauce with pineapple or something? The fried rice had some shrimp, beef, tomato, green onions and egg. The portion size was typical for $8 and filling enough for me. I think I’ll come back and try other menu items sometime.
I feel like trying a lot of other restaurants on Broadway now!