Welcome back to our “Must Try Menu Item” Feature where we go around from restaurant to restaurant and pick one item on the menu that everybody should try at least once.
This time we head over to Malaysia Cafe over at 7777 E 21st St. They are located on the north side of the Tallgrass Centre strip at the southwest corner of 21st and Rock Road.
Malaysia Cafe serves primarily Chinese and Malaysian cuisines.
For starters, they are open Monday – Saturday 11am – 9pm and closed on Sunday. They accept cash and card.
When you walk into many Asian restaurants, there is such a huge list of items to choose from. There are Lo-Mein dishes, Fried Rice entrees, appetizers, combination plates, dinner specials, chicken dishes, meat dishes, noodle dishes….. It can all be very cumbersome. So let the friendly unpaid staff at Wichita By E.B. lend you the assist.
One of my friends and fellow foodies, Mike, turned me on to a particular dish there about a year ago that I have since had more times than I should admit. It just so happens to be their best selling dish there and they even have a sign up to prove it.
The menu item is called Char Kway Teow or menu item MS3 which runs for $7.29. The menu notes, it is Hokkeinese stir fried flat rice noodles flavored with special thick soy sauce. The menu even says “It Simply Famous” (Seriously it says “It” and not “It’s” but who’s judging?)
Dropping a little more knowledge today, Char Kway Teow literally means “stir-fried ricecake strips”. This dish is also considered a national favorite of Singapore and Malaysia.
It’s loaded with a ton of meat, eggs, and an insanely amount of bean sprouts. If you want to add some spice to your life, include some jalapenos.
I’ll be the first to admit, I am no fan of bean sprouts. Growing up, my mother and aunt used to include bean sprouts in their Pho and made me eat it as a child. It scarred me for life. BUT I will actually eat the bean sprouts in the Char Kway Teow.
Between the tender meats, eggs and noodles, everything is so soft that the bean sprouts give the whole meal a nice little crunch and substance to it. The thick soy sauce soaked into the sprouts give it a little additional flavor as well.
While not the healthiest of meals, it delivers so much flavor and at $7.29 can either fill you up or give you two meals.
Certainly a winner of a meal and so glad my friend Mike introduced me to this.
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