The Bottom Line
Taste Good is small and crowded, but the staff and owners are friendly and attentive. The moderate prices and warm atmosphere encourage sampling the uncommon tastes of Malaysia and Singapore.
- Excellent Malaysian-Chinese and Singaporean food
- Moderate prices - $10-$15 per person
- Steps away from the subway
- Friendly service
- Crowded, narrow space
- Tough to park in neighborhood
- Closed Thursdays
- Taste Good Address - 82-18 45th Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373 (at 82nd St.)
- Phone - 718-898-8001, 718-898-1991
- Subway - R, V to Elmhurst Ave / Broadway. Taste Good is steps away.
- Getting There - Walk up 45th Ave (a.k.a. Elmhurst Ave) from Hong Kong Supermarket at the corner of Broadway.
- Open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Closed Thursdays
- $10-$15 per person, more for fish dishes
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Start with roti canai ($2), an Indian roti bread to dip in a chicken curry sauce. Or Malaysian popiah ($2), rice crepes filled with sweet turnips, bean sprouts, and egg.
Noodles are a Malaysian mainstay. Singapore kari laksa ($5) is a spicy soup of noodles, bean curd, meat, fish cake, hard-boiled egg, and vegetables in a fish-based stock. Call it hangover medicine or simply lunch delight. Another noodle soup, Ho hee ($5), rice noodles with chicken stock and fish cake, is milder and delicious.
For main courses, my favorite is Taste Good's nasi lemak ($4.50). Coconut rice, curry chicken, hard-boiled egg, anchovy, cucumber slices, peanuts, and maybe a bit of pickled vegetable fill a rectangular plate. It's a homey smorgasbord dish, a great choice for sharing.
Taste Good also serves up more elaborate dishes, especially fish, like the curry Assam fish-head casserole ($16) or sizzling fish fillets with black-pepper sauce ($13). And on my next visit, I'm going to find out what Buddhist yam basket ($10) means to my stomach.