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Satay House, Paddington, London

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Satay House, Paddington, London

limster | | Jul 14, 2008 11:51 AM

Solid rendition of chicken satay, the lemongrass flavour more prominent than usual. Good density for the kueh tupat, a rice cake that comes traditionally with satay. Excellent sauce as well. Standard accompaniments of cucumber and raw onion. Very good.

Very well made laksa lemak, the soup had the exact flavours sans the emerald laksa leaves which I've seen only once or twice outside Singapore. It's not as relentless aromatic as the intense version at Kiasu, which used a lot of shrimp sambal, but preserves a certain sort of balance that I liked. In that regard, it was better than the version I had at Kiasu. However, this laksa used what look like mee/wheat noodles, instead of the thick rice noodles that genuine versions employ. They spice it up with coarse slices of red and green chilli, whereas sambal belacan is what we used. So in these other regards, they didn't hold up as well as Kiasu's version. Which one is better will depend on what's more important to you, since no version is perfect and the weaknesses are in different spots.

Nice ice kachang, with more sweet corn than usual. which I liked. Serves in a tall glass rather than on a plate, which made eating it a tad more difficult, but not a big deal.

Pleasant teh tarik (tea with condensed milk) with a little froth, I wished for a bit more froth that comes from pouring the tea from one metal cup to another.

I liked this place a lot, and would more or less put them on par with Kiasu, although the range of dishes are quite different, and this place has more Malay main courses meant to be eaten with rice. will probably go back for more soon.

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