March 2, 2013

BRYANT PARK: Hot and spicy Malaysian food

February, and another awfully cold day, but the sun was shining brightly and the food was hot and spicy at the Malaysian Winter Market, a two day event that took place under heated tents at Bryant Park. I headed there on day one intent on locating Auria (of Auria's Malaysian Kitchen) since a FB friend had been posting mouth watering pics of her dishes for some time. I wound up waiting on line for 45 minutes to get a taste of  her spicy crab sliders, possibly the most sought after chow, and definitely the longest line. A Dr's appointment uptown necessitated a hasty retreat and I wound up racing across 42nd st. in the bitter cold, to catch the bus, all the while shoveling sliders into my mouth—sorry, not a pleasant description, but hey, they were worth it.

Admittedly, I can't say I'd ever had Malaysian food, but the next day I returned with my friend Sara in tow, and  got to sample more of what was offered. I made my way around the tent snapping away as best as I could given the crowded and hectic scene, and even managed to catch a demo by David Talde, chef-owner of the hot ticket Talde's in Park Slope Brooklyn, preparing his take on a traditional Malaysian shaved-ice dessert topped with, distinctly American, Cap'n Crunch cereal—hmm?

This post is a stretch even by my recent inclusive standards, but we did end the tasting glut with a cup of very good, very sweet, and new to me, Tamarind tea, and an odd little gelatinous donut pastry, from Laut—that's Sara sipping 'a cup,' below. For other of the restaurants and participants at the market see: 

Auria, of Auria's Malaysian Kitchen kiosk.
'The' line for Spicy Crab, and Beef Sliders.
David Talde demonstrates his shaved ice and Cap'n Crunch Sundae.
Lunch break. Sampling the Goods.
and... Tamarind Tea from Laut.

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