Friday, November 4, 2011

Layang Layang--San Jose, CA

When my dad visits and we can't think of a place to go for lunch we often default to Layang Layang. Their long list of fine Malaysian offerings provides something appealing to everyone. When we went Sunday at 11:45 the restaurant was already packed and people were waiting at noon.

We began with the Roti Bdduist, an appetizer notable for its flour and egg skin. Though the peas and carrots filling wasn't very exciting, the dish nevertheless received a warm welcome at our table because it was the first dish and we were starving.

The next appetizer, the satay mix (chicken and beef) was flavorful and tender. The skewered meats can be eaten with a peanut-based sauce, which adds a little bit of sweetness. I went without the sauce, though, as I thought the satay had enough flavor on its own.

The 6-year-olds shared the Hokkien Mee, which featured thick noodles and chicken prepared with with a heavy dose of soy sauce. They loved it and fought over every noodle.

The Penang sizzling prawn came with a thick tasty sauce. The thick sauce with rice could have been a meal in itself--and a delicious one at that. It was spicy, though, even though the menu didn't say so. The Kari Lamb was spicy and without much lamb. It was loaded with vegetables, though, such as carrots and beans and the abundant sauce. The Hainan chicken, although we ate it all, was a bit of a disappointment. It didn't come with broth or rice, both of which are integral to the authentic dish. The chicken itself was bony but passable. However, the sweet and sour sauce was out of place.

With its breadth of menu items and hold on Malaysian Cuisine in and around West San Jose, Layang Layang is justifiably popular. However, it can be often hit or miss, making it a better choice when several dishes are going to be ordered, such as for large parties or me when I'm really hungry.

Layang Layang
1480 South De Anza Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95129-4605
(408) 777-8897