Welcome back friends!
I feel like I haven’t done a feature of a true dive in a while. Something about being served huge flavours out of a kitchen that seems way to small to contain the masterpieces is something that fascinates me.
My father, or as some bloggers have nicely nicknamed him, The Piquey Eater Sr., suggested that I try this Malaysian snack place called One2 Snacks. For those who are familiar to the Scarborough area, its in the plaza on Glen Watford Road.
The plaza itself is really close to several schools and you often find children flooding these food courts as their extended cafeteria. I’ll tell you one thing after trying the food here at One2 Snacks; those kids are extremely spoiled.
One2Snacks is a family-run Malaysian joint that serves up authentic Malaysian classics like mee goreng (yellow noodles tossed with sambal and a bunch of other goodies), laksa (think of a curry soup noodle) and my personal favourite Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with salted fish and sambal).
Now before the usual gushing of the food that I usually do, I want to tell you that this place gets incredibly busy for lunch every weekend. They have limited seating on the inside, but most importantly they do on the regular, run out of food. Due to an excess demand of their limited supply of Malaysian goodies, they will run out of items mid-way into the afternoon. Expecting to get some of their unique Malaysian desserts after 3pm is just asking for a hangry/horrible withdrawal moment. My suggestion is to plan ahead, order early (by phone) and pick up the food when it’s ready.
I went earlier this week to get me some roti cannai (roti with curried chicken), some nasi lemak and laksa. Unfortunately they ran out of the roti cannai by the time I got there so I just settled for the other two dishes.
Nasi Lemak is a rice dish that is often considered the national dish of Malaysia and is a crowd favourite. Essentially, it’s rice cooked in coconut milk topped with some sort of sauce (usually sambal or curry), peanuts, salted anchovies, boiled egg, cucumber and chili paste. Rich and delicious, this is the perfect dish to eat after to satisfy any carb cravings. Eat with caution however, this dish can be deceptively sinful to eat with its high calorie count and fat content.
Finally I have to talk about their Curry Chicken Laksa. I remember as a child I never liked the dish because I thought it was always too spicy but after years of eating spicier foods, sriracha is used like ketchup now. With a burst of lemon grass once you put your spoonful of curry into your mouth, the rest of the flavour of the curry just rain ever so gently on your tongue. When I looked up what goes into the laksa paste to make this curry, the ingredients just keep going, with belacan (dried shrimp paste), galangal, cumin, coriander and more. When tasting this dish, you’ll just get a smooth flavour with no one ingredient just screaming out at you. Perfectly balanced.
You can order the Laksa with either their mee (yellow egg noodles) or with thin rice vermicelli or a combination of both. I personally like the rice vermicelli better but the egg noodles seem to be the Malaysian standard. On the top of the dish you’ll see it topped with pieces of chicken, shrimp, fish balls, tofu puffs and bean sprouts. The tofu puffs are absolutely amazing because they soak up all of that curry in one juicy bite. Savour them.
I’m still suffering from withdrawal while writing this post here late into midnight (as usual) so I’ll just cut this off by saying that this is a dive worth taking making the call for. Also, something I hadn’t tried but will next time is try some of their Malaysian desserts called Kuih Muih which is only served on weekends (while supplies last).
Until we dine again,
-The Piquey Eater