Kaya Malay

 Menu Preview at Kaya Malay Bistro
for Dine Out Vancouver 2017



I have to admit that when I came to Kaya Malay Bistro on the very first day it opened, I didn’t like the food.  So, when I was invited to the Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu preview by Cassandra Anderton of Good Life Vancouver and Stephanie Yuen, of Beyond Chopsticks and author of East Meets West, both of whom have good palates, I knew that the food would probably be 200 times better than opening day.  And I’m happy to report that it was.  In fact, this is the type of meal I’d recommend to friends who love the taste of curry, but can’t have it too spicy, present company included.  The following is the $30 Dine Out Lunch/Dinner Menu and my review.  There’s also a vegetarian option available for $20 – Click here for the vegetarian menu.  Book your reservation here on OPEN TABLE:

Kaya Malay

Tofu Goreng
lightly-fried tofu, bean sprouts, cucumber, S.E. Asian dressing.  If you like tofu,
you’ll want to order this as the tofu has a nice crispiness to it with added crunchy elements of
raw zucchini strips, bean sprouts and peanuts with a side of familiar sweet chili sauce.
BC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Pinot Gris , Evolve, B.C. A nice light well-balanced wine that isn’t too sweet 
that doesn’t overtake the spiciness of the curry in the menu items.


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Kaya Malay Bistro

Yusheng Salmon & Kale Toss
poached salmon, shredded jellyfish, crunchy flakes.  More crunchy elements of bamboo shoots and carrots
with a healthy bed of kale.  Poached salmon is a little well done for my taste as I’m a sashimi fan, but not
overcooked by anyone’s standard.  Because I’m Asian, I’m in love with the glutinous texture of jellyfish.   For those who haven’t had it, jellyfish generally doesn’t have that much flavour but absorbs whatever sauce you cook it in.   
BC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Pinot Gris, Evolve, B.C.


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Winter Squash & Apple Curry Bisque
South East Asian soup infused with Malaysia herbs & spices.  This soup reminds me so much of 
Mulligatawny Soup with its apples and curry flavour except the texture is not as
creamy.  There’s a dollop on cream on top to give it an extra depth of flavour.  Very fragrant
and pairs wonderfully with roti (extra)
BC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:  Chaberton White , South Langley .B.C.

Roti (not part of Dine Out menu) is very addicting as its light and crispy and comes with two sauces, one mild and one spicy




Wok-fried prawns & scallops with turmeric rice
bell peppers, tangy-spicy mango sauce (option add chicken for $2 )
Perfectly cooked juicy scallops and prawns in a fruity spicy mango sauce
that has just enough heat to make it interesting without punching you in the teeth.  This is served with rice
that has a slight hint of tumeric and chicken broth – you could also order coconut or jasmine rice.
The portion depicted above is not a full-sized 
portion as we were served smaller portions at the media preview.
BC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:  Gewurztraminer, Evolve, B.C.


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Roasted side ribs on jasmine rice
cauliflower, Kaya-style green curry (option add 6 oz Lobster tail for $10 only)
Tender beef ribs roasted just enough to give it a charred taste with
green curry on the side to use sparingly or haphazardly if you love spicy green curry.  Definitely
better than any old BBQ sauce!
BC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Cab Merlot, Evolve, B.C.

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Singapore Crispy Chicken with Roti Canai
Prawn Crackers, coldslaw, sweet chili sauce (option add 6 oz Lobster tail for $10 only).  If
there’s someone in your party who doesn’t like curry and is less adventurous, then order this as
the crispy skin chicken is not overcooked and lends itself well for dipping in the
sweet chili sauce.  The coldslaw is good with just enough dressing and as for the shrimp chips
eat them fast before somebody else starts eyeing your’s as they’re so addicting. My only
grip with this dish is that there’s not enough crispy skin.

BC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Chaberton White, South Langley B.C


Pandan cheese panna cotta
If you love panna cotta, don’t leave without ordering this as it is light with 
and creamy.  There’s cream cheese in this that gives it a slightly luxurious texture while
the pandan flavour tastes like a cross between coconut, grass and vanilla
and tastes like nothing you’ve ever had before.  
BC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Gewurztraminer, Evolve, B.C.
The Gewurztraminer wasn’t as sweet as some I’ve had and the sweetness
just brought out the vanilla like flavours of the pandan


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Berry & plum sugar Crepe.  If you’re coocoo over coconut like I am, 
the coconut filled sugar crepes won’t fail to please and the tartness of the mango coulis
gives it that extra oomph to make me want to order a second.
BC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Gewurztraminer, Evolve, B.C.



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