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Sedap - Old Street, London - Report

Dave MP | | Apr 30, 2009 03:54 PM

I'm visiting London for 7 days this week, in preparation for moving here in September. I am coming most recently from San Francisco, so I'm excited to start exploring the London food scene next autumn! I have lots of reading to do :)

Tonight I met up with Limster for a meal at Sedap. I thought it was very good - best Malaysian food I have had outside of Malaysia - definitely better than what I could find in Boston or San Francisco. We shared:

Roti Prata w/ Chicken Curry - The roti was crispy and flaky, clearly freshly made. Quite good. I liked the chicken curry - it tasted a tad undersalted to me - but it was still good.

Seafood Crab - Crabmeat, shrimp, cuttlefish and fish stuffed in a crabshell. This was served w/ some pickled vegetables and a sweet chili sauce. I liked this, though I wouldn't necessarily order it again. But it's something I had never tried before and the presentation was cool.

Penang Char Kway Teow - The noodles were served hot out of the wok, and they were very good. I especially liked the bits of Chinese sausage. Shrimp were cooked perfectly. The serving seemed small to me - I realize that servings in UK tend to be smaller than the US (in the US, this dish would have been twice as big), but I still noticed the small serving most in this dish, especially considering the price.

Sambal Brinjal - Nice presentation, eggplant was tender and the sambal was spicy. I wouldn't necessarily order this again either, but I would definitely order other dishes with the sambal.

Curry Tumis Fish - This was my favorite of the lot. I felt the serving here was pretty generous - chunks of boneless sea bream and perfectly cooked okra in a sweet and sour curry broth. This reminded me of similar Cambodian and Malaysian dishes I'd had before, but the balance of flavors in the sauce was perfect - just the right amount of sour/sweet/spicy. We had to order extra rice to soak up all the sauce. I would definitely come back just for this dish.

Nyonya Kuih - We each had an order of this - really good! The dessert tonight was freshly made, and was a cake made w/ tapioca and coconut. It reminded me of a cross between a mochi and a macaroon.

Limster got a frothy milk tea which was also really good - I only had a sip as I was avoiding caffeine to fight jetlag.

We finished everything, but I was quite full afterwards. So this was a good/generous amount for 2 people.

Once I'm back in the UK, I definitely plan on returning!

Dave MP

pictures of: roti prata, seafood crab, eggplant, fish curry