Cheap Eat of the Week: deep-fried garlic chili prawns from Gourmet Malaysia
It’s no secret that fried chicken is one of my favourite things in the world. A close second is spicy seafood, an obsession recently spearheaded by the bucket of shrimp from Playa Cabana; then, there was the true Anton Ego moment of digging into chili crab and black pepper crab at Long Beach in Singapore. But the new obsession was finally confirmed last weekend during a family dinner at Gourmet Malaysia in Scarborough.
A halal family restaurant, Gourmet Malaysia serves up (yep, you guessed it) Malaysian, Singaporean and Indonesian cuisine with a menu that’s varied and deliciously affordable. Don’t miss specialties like the Sinagpore laksa ($7.80), the Penang prawn mee ($7.80, weekends only) or the roti canai ($6.99). But the dish that did it for me is number 95: deep fried king prawns with salt and garlic chili ($9.99).
Large shrimp are lightly deep-fried (without the shells) then tossed with salt, chili and tons (tons!) of deep-fried garlic — a combination that is a bite-after-bite revelation. You may also have to stop yourself from eating the leftover fried garlic by the spoonful or wanting to put it on everything.
Gourmet Malaysia, 4466 Sheppard Ave. E., Unit 101, 647-764-1188
Gizelle Lau is a food and travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.