I've come to the conclusion that I have a love/hate relationship with Malaysian food; while it's usually cheap and filling, I'm always wanting something else after my meal. Perhaps it's because the flavours don't satisfy me, or because I feel fatigue every time I look at a menu (rice? noodles? rice noodles?) but for whatever reason, it always seems like a good idea before I enter yet I leave feeling slightly disappointed.
My choice of menus probably don't help things - my first impression upon walking into Petaling St was "Hey, this seems a lot like Straits of Malacca". I'm well aware that Petaling St is the older establishment, but they're still surprisingly similar to me.
It doesn't help that M will order the same dish 90% of the time - Char Kuey Teow (spelt Char Koey Teow on the menu for some reason).
|Char Kuey Teow|
The dish of Malaysian hawker-style spicy rice noodles with seafood, bean shoots and Chinese sausages was fairly standard. The flavour was nice but there wasn't much meat in the dish.
I on the other hand wasn't particularly hungry, but really wanted something with lots of meat so ended up ordering the Satay Chicken Skewers.
|Satay Chicken Skewers|
Three lonely sticks with deep-fried chicken that had almost as much batter as meat, a sad little cucumber and red onion salad and all-together too much satay sauce. The dish probably wasn't as bad as I make it out to be and in actual fact, was passable if a little boring. This dish is a reflection on the restaurant as a whole in my opinion though.
Petaling St is not memorable at all; the food is okay, the atmosphere is okay, the service is okay and the price is okay. If anyone has a recommendation for a great Malaysian restaurant, please let me know. It seems like I'm in dire need of some guidance.
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