[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve mentioned a few times over the course of my blog’s life about my Malaysian heritage (brapbrap) and had a really good response to my Third Culture kid post. In case you hadn’t noticed, I like to eat. There’s a lot of food action happening on here! I blame that on my Malaysian genes. Can’t nobody eat like the Malaysian’s eat *bellybump*. Last Saturday, Jasiminne and I met up for an early lunch to gorge on some home comforts. Tuk Din is a popular Malaysian restaurant in Bayswater- I’ve only heard positive things about this place and this seemed like the perfect time to test it out. Stretchy pants at the ready!
What better way to start the day than to nibble on a couple of chicken curry puffs? MALAYSIA BOLEH! We also ordered chicken satay for starters, served in pieces rather than on a skewer. It tasted like heaven. And the blackened caramelised bits? Bonkers good. The peanut sauce was spicy and there were even bits of ketupat (sticky rice), cucumber and red onion served alongside the satay to dip greedily into the peanut sauce. OR. You could just use your little serving spoon to scoop it up because *hand up* I did.
We stuck to the classics for mains and shared between us a plate of Nasi Lemak and a plate of Kuey Teow. Nasi Lemak translates as Coconut Rice, but it’s soooo much more than that. It’s traditionally a breakfast meal in Malaysia but really, it’s good for any meal. Served with the coconut rice is a sweet and spicy sambal sauce, a sprinkle of peanuts, a few slices of cucumber, a boiled egg and a piece of fried chicken. Kuey Teow is fried flat rice noodles and this one had prawns and squid in it. I remember the best ones I had in KL always had cockles, mmmm. It was tasty- but finding good kuey teow with that subtle smoky charred flavour in London is like landing yourself with Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket. Near impossible! This one was pretty good though.
Two courses down, why not have dessert?! A simple weekend lunch was quickly turning into a happy glutt-fest. Dessert was pisang goreng (banana fritters) and a bowl of bubur hitam and ice cream. Bubur Hitam is basically black rice pudding- it’s sweet and coconutty! Too full to finish it all, the banana fritters were wrapped in tissue for later. My mum would be so proud we thought to tapau. The word ‘tapau’ means takeaway- I’m about 90% sure this was my first word as a baby.
Jasiminne has amazing photos on her blog, over at Posh, Broke & Bored. My belly is gurgling happily at the photos…my bingo wings are warning me to back away. “AIYAAAH” as all my aunties would say!
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