Apa khabar Everyone! Welcome back to Yummy Jubbly As you might have guessed, we went to the 6th annual Malaysia Night festival recently and had some authentic Malaysian foods. For a few hours that day, Trafalgar Square in London, was transformed into a vibrant bustling night market. The place was buzzing and the atmosphere was really good. Robert had attended the event 5 years ago, whilst for Kitty it was the first time. There was a big stage in the centre of the square which had different kinds of musical and cultural performances. The food stalls surrounded the square and there was a big variety to suit all tastes. We’d both arrived after finishing our day jobs – which was pretty much the same time as most people. This caused a bit of a problem because the queues for the food stalls were so long! Luckily we were tactful and spread out to buy food separately and maximised our time. Smart!
So here’s what we ate:
Beef Rendang (£5.00) – slow cooked beef served with sticky rice. The texture of the beef was like pulled pork and you could taste the spices infused throughout the meat, especially the bay leaf. The sticky rice was yellow from turmeric. There was also the creaminess of the coconut milk coming though. The sweetness of the rice really went well with the savoury and spicy beef.
Satay Chicken (£5.00) – a classic Malaysian dish. Generally speaking, in the UK this would be a starter or side dish. But in Malaysia, this would be a main meal – which is exactly how we had it! Moist pieces of chicken, cooked on top of a roaring grill, giving it that lovely smokey charcoal flavour. Served with a portion of pulut – which are compressed potato cubes – and cucumber. Turmeric is the main ingredient in satay sauce, hence that distinctive yellow colour. This wasn’t too spicy, but you could definitely get that peanut sauce and coconut milk taste.
Mee rebus (£5.00) – another traditional Malaysian dish. This was so yummy and consisted of egg noodles in a thick gravy like sauce – which was a slightly sweet curry, almost satay like. The dish was garnished with a hard boiled egg, spring onions, peanuts and shallots. You can’t see it, but the sauce is actually made with prawns too! So all the flavours from the peanuts, coconut milk, spices, prawns all combined into this silky smooth sauce! Also the noodles were cooked al dente, which was a good contrast of texture to the sauce.
Soya sauce chicken rice (£5.00) – this is a dish that’s evidence of the Chinese influence in Malaysia. Large chunks of chicken (with bone intact) cooked gently in a sweet soya sauce that had strong notes of star anise running through it. This meant the whole piece of chicken had the soya sauce running through it. The sauce was also drizzled all over the rice, which made the dish extra yummy. The chilli paste in the corner added that extra depth of heat to the dish too.
Roti canai (£5.00) – this dish is a classic to show the Indian influence in Malaysia. Made by Roti King (who’s restaurant is in Euston, London), it really did show the best of both worlds. The
roti was crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside. The chicken curry had just the right amount of heat, fragrant with the coconut milk but also had the authentic Malaysian spices. We saw the chef make the roti by flattening out the dough with his hands, spreading the ghee (butter) over it and then flipping the dough into the air (a bit like how they make pizza) then folding it into shape and putting on the griddle to cook. This is a really popular and classic Indian-Malaysian dish, so you must give it a try!
Curry puff & pulut bakar (£5.00) – a very simple snack put together. The curry puff was just a standard dry potato curry packed to the rim inside a flaky pastry (which was similar to a Cornish pasty pastry). The ones we had were freshly cooked and piping hot! It was a very enjoyable snack considering it was so cold that night.Next to the puffs, was a banana leaf parcel containing sticky rice. The parcel is heated over open fire, giving the sticky rice an added char-grilled taste.
Grilled chicken with peanut sauce (£5.00) – don’t be deceived by the simple name of this dish! The peanut sauce was rich and creamy, tasting of peanut and coconut. It was also grainy with the peanut pieces, adding to the texture of the dish. Served with pickled carrots and cucumberrs, raw red onions and a bed of steamed rice. We asked for the additional chilli paste to see how it would go with the dish, which actually worked out fine. Which showed that this dish could be enjoyed with and without heat!
Curry Laksa (£5.00) – This is another Malaysian dish influenced by the Chinese. The version we had contained egg noodles in a creamy coconut soup. The toppings included chicken, beansprouts, fried tofu (which was awesome because it soaked up the soup!) and onions. In terms of taste, it was probably a little bland compared to what you can get in Malaysia, but it was definitely worth having!
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog and catching up on what we’ve been eating recently. Don’t forget to check out our vlog on this event too and remember to check back soon for our next blog!