Right this way for authentic malay
The proprietor of one of the city's only restaurants serving up authentic cuisine from Thailand's multicultural neighbour grew up with a love for the richness of his country's fare and now shares that passion with diners
Fahmi Sabri grew up with the unique three-in-one cuisine of Malaysia. At breakfast he usually dipped Indian-accented roti into a tangy tamarind sauce. Lunchtime often featured nasi lemak _ considered the country's national dish _ in which rice cooked in coconut milk and flavoured with pandan leaves is served with dried anchovies, a boiled egg, cucumber, roasted peanuts and a zippy sambal (chilli sauce). And many times for dinner he enjoyed mee goreng mamak, a medley of stir-fried yellow noodles and vegetables.
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These house specialities and more classic dishes from Thailand's southern neighbour are available at the Cili Padi Authentic Malaysian Restaurant, which is one of the few places offering the cuisine in Bangkok. It has the simple, homey look and feel of a typical cafe lifted right out of Kuala Lumpur or Penang.
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