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Malaysia Boleh/
Umeda: Malaysian
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The highly animated
host at Malaysia
Boleh had greeted us
with a furrowed brow
and much gesticula-
tion. We were late,
and he was scoping
the room for an
empty table. There
were none on a busy
Saturday night, so
after we took an
elevator ride to the
Stardust Bar on the
39th floor of the
Umeda Sky Building,
and followed that
with a stroll
through the Westin
Osaka, we were fi-
nally back at the
restaurant having a
glass of wine.

Abandoning the
lengthy menu for
suggestions from the
waiter, we started
with the fried tofu
covered in an omelet
and a simple Malay
Salad of raw fresh
vegetables. Both
came with peanut
sauce and satisfied
our urge for satay.
Our Nasi Goreng was
a reminder of how
simple ingredients
can be combined to
create a feast, and
we were almost
tempted to order a
second helping of
the fried Kang Kong
with Balacan (water
spinach with spicy
sauce), as it was
tasty enough to have
as a main dish.

One of the house
specialties we would
recommend is a whole
deep fried mackerel
on banana leaves
with a soya, chili
or curry sauce - it
is not only deli-
cious, but it also
adds a sense of
occasion. You'll
find a selection of
noodle, rice and
curry dishes as well
as delicacies like
sauteed frogs legs
and fish head soup.
While Malaysia Boleh
will fulfill some of
your cravings for
exotic food from the
South, hard-core
sambal fans should
ask that the chef
give them an extra
blast, as even the
dishes notated as
hot are mild at
most.

While you are fin-
ishing your second
or third Anchor beer
and perhaps another
dish with peanut
sauce dressing, you
can watch the movie
playing on one wall
or the television on
the opposite side,
and listen to young
crooners belt out
old numbers over-
head. This may sound
cacophonous but the
movie and the TV
have the sound
turned down, so
there is a relaxed,
energetic rhythm to
it all, and the food
remains the star
attraction.

Boleh means "You can
do it!" in Malay,
and our congenial
host, Tanimura Kat-
sumi, also has time
to oversee the run-
ning of two beauty
salons in Osaka as
well as collecting
money for charities
in Thailand. Tanimu-
ra`s mother is Thai
and he travels there
frequently, looking
for ingredients to
improve on the al-
ready robust fla-
vours his chefs
serve every day.
Malaysia Boleh is a
melange of South
East Asian flavours,
design and attitude
with a Japanese
twist. You can do
it!

Malaysia Boleh has a
Japanese/ English
menu. Dinner for
two, including
drinks, is around 6,
000 yen.
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