Restoran Central Asia is perhaps the most popular eatery catering to the large Central Asian community in Kuala Lumpur - Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Uighurs, etc. You'll need to come early if you want to avoid the lunch-hour queue: the place fills up to the gills by 12.30pm. What we had today:
This is the traditional Uzbek staple bread, topped with Nigella seeds.
An Uzbek baked pastry filled with minced beef-mutton and onion, flavoured with fennel and pepper, and baked in a "tandir" oven. The version here tasted even better than in the Uzbek restaurants I tried in Almaty (Kazakhstan) a few weeks ago. Restaurant Central Asia serves its "samsa" hot, freshly-baked out of the oven when it opens at noon.
The de facto national dish of Uzbekistan - a tasty pilaf where the rice is cooked with grated carrots, chickpeas, mutton fat and spices. The version here is also topped with tender slices of poached mutton. Perfectly cooked.
Large steamed wheat-flour dumplings filled with ground beef-mutton and onions. The filling here tasted somewhat similar to the one in the "samsa", but the skin were thin and the overall "package' was delicious.
100% authentic flavours here - the Uzbek family who run this joint obviously are professionals who know their stuff and do not cut corners. Despite the overflowing lunch crowd, every dish was well-prepared and served at the right temperatures. As the majority of their clientele are Uzbeks and other Central or West Asians, the cooking here is not tinkered to suit local Malaysian tastes.
Restaurant Central Asia only operates on weekdays. Choose one of the al fresco tables outside - the restaurant is not very well-ventilated inside. Must not miss in KL if you want a taste of Uzbek cuisine.
Restoran Central Asia
Megan Avenue 2, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel:+6016 222 0411
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12 noon till late.
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