This Sino-Malaysian café on the southern edge of Sunset Park's Chinatown excels at the usual Malaysian snacks, including curried chicken roti canai, peanut-swabbed satays, and steaming bowls of hot and sour asam laksa soup. But why not follow its Chinese bent by ordering Hainanese chicken, a recipe from an island off the south coast of China poaching a big plump bird in pork broth. No rice cooked in the broth accompanies the bird, as per the original recipe-alas! Also worth encountering is the big hunk of stingray smeared with chile paste.
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