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Spice City Toronto: 6,000 Square Feet of Asian Street Eats

An unusually good Malaysian, Indonesian, and Singaporean restaurant is reborn.

The Singapore laksa at Gourmet Malaysia.

A restaurant that served unusually good Asian meals in a food court behind a derelict Scarborough plaza has been reborn. Gourmet Garden made a huge variety of Malaysian, Singaporean, and Indonesian street eats in its tiny kitchen. It was run by the husband and wife team of Tan “Yummy” Hok Kien (originally from Indonesia) and Amy Lam (from Malaysia).

Earlier this year, the restaurant moved into new digs across the street at 4466 Sheppard Avenue East, near Brimley Road. The newly renamed Gourmet Malaysia is in a sprawling 6,000-square-foot complex that includes banquet space and private karaoke rooms. The new kitchen is set up with work stations for making roti, noodle soups, desserts, and wok-based dishes, says employee Jenny Wong.

The food is incredibly good—in fact, it seems to be even better than it was at Gourmet Garden. The Singapore laksa, a large coconut-based soup filled with thin noodles, warms the throat with its perfect blend of spices. The tender chicken is covered with golden, yellow curry sauce and comes with an order of light, flaky roti bread. Mee goreng, a classic Malaysian fried noodle dish, is jam-packed with bits of fish cake, shrimp, and squid. Prices are very reasonable, with many dishes cashing in at $7 or $8.

Read the rest at Spice City Toronto.


Spice City Toronto explores Toronto’s great hole-in-the-wall restaurants and strip-mall joints serving food from all corners of the world.

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