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Malaysian Restaurant Brings Its Spicy Fare Downtown

By Irene Plagianos | February 4, 2015 3:56pm
 Malaysian Kitchen is in its soft opening at 21 South End Avenue.
Malaysian Kitchen Opens Downtown
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BATTERY PARK CITY — The spicy flavors of Malaysia have found a home in Battery Park City.

Malaysian Kitchen, which recently soft-opened at 21 South End Ave., specializes in Malaysian fare, along with Chinese and Japanese food.

“Malaysian food is a mix of many cultures, Indian, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, all the different peoples who lived there or ruled,” said owner Kirby Tan, 55, a Malaysia native who owns two other similar restaurants in New Jersey.

“We like very spicy food, but we tone it down in New York, make it easier for people here to handle.”

The restaurant had its soft opening on Feb. 1, taking over the space from shuttered Chinese restaurant Liberty View.

On the menu, you’ll some of Malaysia’s most popular fare, like Chow Keuh Teow, which Tan calls a Malaysian pad thai.

“It’s spicier than pad thai, we don’t use peanuts and the noodles are fresh, soft, broad noodles," he said.

Menu items range in price from about $10 to $25.

Malaysian Kitchen, at 21 South End Ave., is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.