Every year, I try to make at least one trip back to the east coast to visit friends and family. Sometimes I even manage to squeeze in two trips a year. Not only do I fly back for the company, but I also fly back for the food. I make a list of things that I crave, that I can’t get anywhere else, and try to stop by.
As soon as I landed, I had plans to meet up with some girl friends at Coco, a newly opened Malaysian and Thai restaurant. I was never so glad to walk into a restaurant in my life! Not only was I starving from my travels, but it was a relief to step out of the humidity I felt the moment I stepped off the plane.
We started off with the Malaysian Homemade Roti Canai, Malaysian crispy Indian style pancake served with curry chicken and potato dipping sauce. This was especially crispy and we easily finished off this appetizer.
I ordered a Malaysian Ice Tea. Normally, I order Thai Ice Tea, but opted for the Malaysian Ice Tea this time as it’s less sweet.
From what I hear, Malaysian Ice Tea consists of brown sugar, evaporated milk, and red tea while Thai Ice Tea consists of white sugar, condensed milk, and black tea. Both teas have other additional ingredients to be added accordingly to your personal tastes and both are served several ways. Of course, I’m no expert.
Since the three of us decided on family style, we each chose a dish that we would like to share with each other.
Our first dish was the Coco House Special Fried Rice, fried rice with duck meat, shrimp, mixed bean and salted egg. Words cannot express how delicious this dish was. I was afraid that this dish would not allow me to leave enough room for the other dishes!
Our second dish was the Coco House Special Tofu, sauteed deep fried homemade tofu, shrimp, squid, mussels, dried scallop, and mixed vegetables in a light brown sauce. This was just as tasty as the Coco House Special Fried Rice! While the rice was a ‘dry’ dish, this was a ‘wet’ dish and it completed each other well. I loved how much seafood they gave us in one single dish.
And last but not least, my favorite, Hainanese Chicken, steamed chicken with bone in room temperature with Chef’s special soy sauce. What I like about this dish is that it is so refreshing. The last thing you want to do on a hot and humid day is eat something steaming hot. This dish is usually served at room temperature or chilled. Plus, the cucumbers give a burst of coolness as well. I would normally order a bowl of chicken rice or coconut rice along with the Hainanese Chicken, but since we already had the Coco House Special Fried Rice, I did not feel the need to.
Coco was deliciously good. I’m not sure if my review is bias as it was the first meal I had that day and the first time I got to spend time with my East Coast girl friends, but I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the company. I will definitely revisit Coco and try some of their other dishes!