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Royal East Restaurant Review: This longstanding, comfortable Chinese, Thai and Malaysian restaurant dishes up some of the most reliable food to be found outside of Chinatown and does so in funky style in Cambridge's Central Square. Although Hunan-Szechuan fare is available, the emphasis is on authentic Hong Kong-style recipes, particularly seafood. We like the aromatic Malaysian curry fish filet with steamed vegetables and coconut curry milk. Be sure to ask your server about off-menu vegetable dishes, like pea pod stems and watercress that complement the vegetarian staples such as tofu with mixed vegetables and black mushrooms over baby bok choy. The taro pot is a crispy shell filled with shrimp, scallops and vegetables topped with cashew nuts. Lollipop shrimp is served with a sweet Thai dipping sauce, while tofu items are naturally sweetened with fruit like mango and pineapple chunks. Sip on a virgin Moscow Mule (no alcohol is served here) or Thai iced tea. Both pair well with beef with ginger: the scallions are as tender and juicy as the spicy Szechuan beef. For lighter fare, try the steamed whole grey sole, moo shu shrimp or sliced pork with black mushrooms in a tasty black bean sauce.