Malaysian Buzz in Sleepy Outer Noe: The new Damansara

Published November 25, 2022, in my The Bold Italic column:

Damansara’s kaya toast

In deep dives tasting my way around Singapore, to my love for dear departed places like Indonesian great Warung Siska (chef Siska Silitonga, please come back!), I am crazy about the unique cuisines of this island-heavy corner of Southeast Asia. This includes Malaysia, which deeply informs much of Singaporean cuisine as its very close neighbor and sister. Together, they’re known for incredible dishes like kaya toast or laksa soup (although there are styles of laksa in Indonesia and southern Thailand as well).

So I was certainly delighted when I heard chef Tracy Goh found an outer Noe Valley brick-and-mortar space for her Malaysian pop-up, Damansara, opened October 19, 2022. Goh hails from Damansara Utama, near Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, moving to San Francisco in 2012. Growing from cozy dinner parties in her one-bedroom apartment to pop-ups at rented venues, in 2019 she joined La Cocina’s non-profit food business incubator program. And now, her first restaurant.

Review here:

Damansara’s nasi lemak

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Damansara’s laksa

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Damansara’s the best greens

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