Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine

There are far too few quality restaurants in New Westminster. There. I’ve said it. We suck. If it’s dinner-time in New West for food-lovers, there are way too many cars heading towards Burnaby (and, of course, Vancouver). I won’t even mention Surrey. Oops.

Luckily, for us, there are still a few good options. Tamarind Hill is definitely one of them.

To me, the best part of Asian cuisine is it’s complexity. The variety of flavors and textures is literally endless. Therefore, the quest.

Nyonya Hot & Sour Soup. More often than not, you’ll come across the Mandarin or Szechuan version of this soup.  The Malay version, traditionally, has more of a vinegary tang. Not what I expected, but damn delicious.

Vegetarian Spring Rolls.

Indian Mee Goreng. Despite a smallish portion, this dish is packed with flavor. Well-cooked egg noodles tossed in sweet soy, tender beef, prawns, bean sprouts, tofu and Asian greens. With a healthy dollop of chile paste…mm.

Nasi Lemak. Not quite sure what to make of this dish. Anchovies & peanuts? Think I may have to pass.

The K.L. Style Hokkien Mee. Thick noodle in spicy, sweet soy with beef, prawn and cabbage.

Tamarind Hill puts out some really exceptional food. The portions could be bigger but, in the end, quality trumps quantity. Always.


Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine on Urbanspoon


2 responses

  1. The plating of that anchovy and peanut dish looks way too simple for a restaurant. I hope it was dirt cheap. I’m surprised the urbanspoon rating is so high…I’ve never been, but now I am very curious. The spring rolls look VERY crispy, but very battered at the same time. The portions look like single servings, which is unusual for Asian cuisines.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:09 am

  2. kgb1965

    Yeah, that’s the Nasi Lemak…apparently a very popular breakfast item in Malaysia. I couldn’t quite grasp how the ingredients worked with each other. The dishes were all off the lunch special menu. On a previous visit we ordered from the dinner menu, family-style. Unfortunately, the portions were rather small. BTW, so were the lunch portions!

    November 4, 2009 at 12:39 am

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