By way of the Torontoist and Spice City Toronto, I discovered Gourmet Malaysia in the heart of north Scarborough. I have grown up eating around the world, and more often than not our Saturday lunches would see us nomming on a few pieces of paratha and a nice southeast Asian style curry. When I read about a place that serves Singaporean-style street food (albeit, in a sterile and standardized setting as required by Toronto Public Health) in the city, Emilie and I jumped at the chance to try it out.
Having been to Singapore once previously, we ordered what many consider as its national dish: Hainanese Chicken Rice. A Singaporean-style laksa was also ordered, as well as “Poh Pia”, an appetizer portion of crepe rolled with mixed vegetable and fried egg. To be honest, we shouldn’t have ordered so much food for two people, but a recent episode of No Reservations made me do it.
Gourmet Malaysia is certainly no hawker stand, no street stall, and unlike its Asian cousins, is completely in compliant with western health codes. Perhaps this is the price we have to pay around here for some decent laksa and roti.