Restaurant review: Tamarind Hill in New Westminster

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While in New Westminster on other business, we stopped for lunch at Tamarind Hill.

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It was late in the lunch rush and the room was starting to clear.  We were seated shortly.

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We started with roti canai with curry sauce

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This is a malaysian flat bread, made from wheat flour and generous amounts of butter and sweetened condensed milk, leavened and folded, and fried on an iron skillet.  It’s crispy on the fried edges, but fluffy and lightly chewy in the middle.  It was served with a small dish of curry sauce.  The bread was very good, lightly sweet, flaky and wonderful for tearing up and dipping into the lightly spicy curry sauce.

This was followed by a lunch order of rendang beef

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This is cubed beef, slow cooked in coconut milk and spices until the liquid boils off, leaving a spicy oil that fries the meat.  It came with a serving of saffron rice, and sayur lemak.  The beef was loaded with flavor from the simmering sauce, but a little on the dry side.  I think they used a very lean cut of beef for this.  But the saffron rice was great of sopping up all the delicious sauce.  Sayur lemak is mixed vegetables stewed in curried coconut milk.  It was pretty good, but it’s hard for me to judge since I’m not a big fan of the dish.

We also ordered a lunch sized Hainan chicken

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This is a chicken poached in oil, ginger, garlic and scallion infused broth.  Once cooked, the broth is reduced and served as a soup, and also used as the liquid in a the preparation of rice.  The chicken is then chopped and served with the rice, a dish of sautéed ginger, and a dish of sweet chili sauce.  This lunch serving also included a small side of sayur lemak.  The chicken was properly cooked, with good flavor.  The rice was mildly infused with flavor of the poaching liquid, and there was a small pool of it at the bottom of the rice.  The sautéed ginger and the sweet chili sauce provide some nice heat and aroma for the chicken.

We finished with a dessert of deep-fried banana

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This is a ripe banana split lengthwise, dipped in a batter and deep-fried, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of light caramel sauce, and toasted ground peanuts.  The banana was soft and warm, and the batter was lightly crunchy.  The caramel sauce was light and sweet and fabulous.

The service was pretty good.

The room is well-lit, but still feels dark because of the use of black and red everywhere.

Overall, it was a pretty good meal at a reasonable price.  Might have to come back for dinner.

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