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New Belachan

5918 Eighth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11220 40.635851 -74.009517
nr. 60th St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-492-9088 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Asian: Southeast, Chinese, Eclectic/Global, Japanese/Sushi, Thai
  • Price Range: $$

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Daily, 11am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

N at Fort Hamilton Pkwy.; N, R at 59th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted


Named for the shrimp paste that drives its sweet, chunky peanut sauce, Borough Park Malaysian establishment New Belachan (formerly Belachan) closely resembles a contemporary sushi house. A thatched-hut fringe hangs over one side of the dining room, and all meals proceed under the gaze of a back sushi bar. Curry and sashimi meet Chinese greasy-spoon fare on dual Japanese/Malaysian menus where roti cakes and the ubiquitous General Tsao rest comfortably alongside traditional Nyonya offerings and curiosities like stingray and clay-pot pig-stomach soup. Appetizers range from traditional chicken and beef satays to a deep-fried Thai-style fish cake with a chewy, lime-flavored texture complemented by chile paste and sweet duck sauce. Some exotic entrées may vex the less daring diner ginger crab stir-fry, for example, arrives in shell complete with nutcracker and demands a good bit of manual dexterity. Less intimidating selections, like a mild, oily shrimp eggplant plate are just as rewarding, however, and native noodle dishes like asam laksa make for reliable standards. Sushi also satisfies, with a sweet Thai roll hidden beneath spicy slivers of crabmeat and a light house mayo.

Recommended Dishes

Thai-style fish cake, $7.95; seafood pan fried noodle, $9.95