I don’t think it was that long ago when JFuji came into town, but every time he does, you can be sure that Pdho and I will get together with N Squared for dinner. This time we chose Layang Layang which is a Malaysian place in San Jose. Pdho and I have been here before, but the food is really very good and since I had bought a Groupon, I figured with so many of us, this would be a great time to take advantage of it.
An all-time favorite that needs to be ordered with any trip to Layang Layang is the Roti Canai, a homemade Indian style pancake with curry dipping sauce. Absolutely yummy! Enough said.
Another favorite dish that I always order is the Sarang Burung which is essentially a nest of fried taro topped with shrimp, squid, scallop, corn snow peas, black mushroom, and cashew nuts. Unfortunately, it seems that the nest has shrunken over time… either that or this was the Groupon version. I really like the fried taro nest. It adds some crispy starch to the meal.
There were a lot of positive reviews from Yelpers on this dish which was fried tofu with shrimp, scallop, squid, mushroom, and vegetable in oyster sauce. Although it was good, I’m not sure I could see what the hype was all about. The tofu was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside which is always an interesting contrast of textures, but the sauce was kind of bland and watery. I don’t know if they forgot the corn starch, but it was a little too soupy and there wasn’t enough seafood.
This was supposed to be a Scrambled Egg Chow Fun, but it turned out to be more like pan fried flat noodles in light brown egg sauce. Again the sauce needed a little thickener, because it was way too watery. However, there was a decent amount of seafood and vegetables to go with the chow fun noodles which were obviously drowning in the dish. Not a bad tasting dish, but it could have been a little bit better.
I really liked the Pearl Mee, also known as Mouse Tail Noodles. It was these medium length noodles (that kind of look like bean sprouts) stir-fried in a special sauce with shrimp, chicken, egg, and bean sprouts. I liked the flavor and the texture of the noodles was interesting. Definitely my favorite of the noodles dishes tonight.
The KangKung (Ong Choi) Belacan are one of the best tasting vegetable dishes I’ve had. I don’t know what it is called in English, but it was sauteed in a Malaysian spicy sauce made from shrimp paste. A very good dish to not only add great flavor but also some balance and nutrition to the meal.
All in all, it was another successful outing at Layang Layang. The restaurant is always pretty busy and no matter when we come, it always seems to be a pretty packed house. The food tastes great, the prices are super reasonable and it’s a cozy yet casual place to enjoy some delicious Malaysian cuisine.
1480 S De Anza Blvd
San Jose, CA 95129
PAFO Ratings for Layang Layang:
Price 2 ½ stars
Ambiance 3 stars
Food 4 stars
Overall rating 3½ stars