But it has no chiles. And by the way, chili without meat is still chili. It's just not chili con carne.
Among other things, the Cincinnati whatever-you-want-to-call-it recipe we make contains cayenne, ancho and paprika. It's very tasty. I'm okay with calling it chili. I've never been a purist about such things, though.
Also: Hi everyone, long time no see and glad that this thread's still alive and kicking. :) I was reminded of it on a recent trip to Straits of Malacca in Mason. Highly recommended if you're curious about Malaysian food! Somewhat confusingly, the restaurant has three sections: a fancy dining room and bar, both of which serve Asian/French fusion, and a more casual section (Tioman cafe) that specializes in more hawker stall foods. I enjoyed the fusion more than I thought I would (and that menu also has some more homestyle specialties well worth checking out, especially the lamb curry), but my favorite is the hawker stall section. We've been there twice in the past few months. :)
If you've never tried it, Malaysian food is sorta-kinda like Thai-- highly seasoned, lots of delicious snack-type things and noodle dishes. For appetizers, we liked the popiah (a sort of spring roll with lots of fresh vegetables and shrimp), lamb samosas and curry puffs. Char Kueh Teow is one of the classic hawker stall dishes and the restaurant did a decent version of it. Also good was the Hokkien Mee, and for people who prefer their food less spicy/seasoned, Kungfu Yin Yong was very, very good-- crispy deep-fried noodles, chicken, shrimp and bok choy in a rich, eggy sauce. Nasi lemak is another classic: coconut rice, dried anchovies, hard-boiled egg and your choice of several types of curries. Our choice is the beef rendang (a slow-simmered curry with coconut milk), a very difficult dish for restaurants to get right. They also do roast duck, chicken, pork and bbq pork for dining in or carry out. The roast duck was delicious, but the roast pork was DIVINE. Crackly skin and layers of fat... it's no wonder my cholesterol count was up at the last doctor's visit.
I apologize for gushing so much, but my parents are ex-pats who really miss the food. We're all hoping that this place does well! This is the closest thing to a Malaysian food court we've tried in ages. My parents much prefer it to Merlion in Columbus. The chef/owner is Malaysian and is very friendly and enthusiastic, with tons of ideas about the menu. If you go, try the Malaysian iced coffee or the tea tarik. :)
Straits of Malacca
202 W Main St, Mason, OH 45040 http://straitsmalacca.com/
(the casual section is easily entered via the patio door off the parking lot)