Aux Epices is a cute little eatery located on a more isolated street off Canal in NYC's Chinatown. If you're wondering why the name sounds French, it's because it is run by a husband and wife team; he is French and runs front of house while the wife is Malay and runs the kitchen.
The small focused menu is definitely more Malaysian than French, and features rice and noodle soup dishes. The noodle soup dish that I often get at Malaysian restaurants is the Asam Laksa. Aux Epices's version is a bit pricier than its Chinatown counterparts, but is loaded with a ton of goodies, including mussels, calamari, flaked salmon, shrimp, eggplant, and garnished with a fried wonton skin and lemon.
I thoroughly enjoyed the dish, though my fiancee wasn't quite as impressed when we went last summer. Still, I would be open to going again at some point to try some of their other dishes.
121 Baxter St.
New York, NY 10013