To celebrate D’s graduation we went to Tamarind Hill in New Westminster. Having a Malaysian restaurant in our neighbourhood (only minutes away by car) is such a bonus!
Our friend Espie attended the graduation with us and joined the dinner. To accommodate everyone’s comfort level we ensured everything we ordered was at the mild-spice level, but you can definitely increase the heat as you wish.
I have to admit we had a mini-feast, celebrating a graduation deserves no less!
I couldn’t resist ordering the green papaya and mango salad. Even at “mild”, it was spicy but really refreshing on the palette. The fruits and veggies were very crisp and the flavours married well with the generous dressing amount and crushed peanuts. No complaints about the portion as it looked like a mountain when it arrived at our table. Mmmura for the price and portion.
We also ordered the roti canai with curry sauce. I completely underestimated what one order would entail, so I had ordered two and the result was a mound of roti! D. and E. only ate the roti, but I enjoyed it best with the sauce.
For our warm-up D. chose the Singapore laksa. I didn’t read the menu closely and thought it would be a Malaysian-style chow mein or pad thai. I was pleasantly surprised when a spicy coconut soup with vermicelli noodles, sliced tofu, chicken, egg, and prawns arrived. It was slurp-succulent! Again, definitely share-size, as I can’t imagine only one person being able to finish the entire bowl by themselves.
A new dish I had never tried was the sirloin beef with asparagus. Even at mild-level it is another spicy dish that definitely needs to be eaten with rice to help tame its flavours. I enjoyed it (even the leftovers the next day).
Some of the standard fare were the veggie spring rolls and nasi goreng (Malaysian fried rice). The spring rolls weren’t spicy at all unless you used their dipping sauce. From the aroma alone I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle its heat. I enjoyed the spring rolls regardless. They weren’t too oily, well wrapped, and the veggies were easy to feed to JD. The nasi goreng was very tasty, had lots of beef and shrimp included, and paired well with everything else we ordered.