The interior of Rasa Restaurant, opened by Malaysian siblings in New York City.
Siblings bring the taste of their kampung to New York City’s hip Greenwich Village with the opening of their restaurant, Rasa.
ONCE a bohemian capital but now known for its cool hangouts, vibrant Greenwich Village in New York City has upped its ethnic cool factor with the opening of Rasa, a restaurant featuring a “Malaysian-inspired menu”.
Behind the venture are Selangor-born chefs Camie Lai Chew Yoong and Tommy Lai Ngan Ping, siblings who have been living in New York for the past two decades.
“There are a handful of Malaysian restaurants in New York City, but none present the level of authenticity Camie Lai means to offer at Rasa,” said The Village Voice, a local newsweekly in its review of Rasa which opened on Dec 12.
The media eye is on Rasa as the duo hail from Laut, another New York City Asian restaurant known for its “Malaysian-inspired menu” which won a Michelin star in the 2011 Guide. It could be construed that Laut is the first Malaysian-cuisine restaurant to win a star. Even though Thai food and sushi were on the menu, the Malaysian dishes were what captured the diners’ and one can assume, the Michelin inspectors’ hearts.