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Nasi Lemak @ Eatzone Noodle House, Kentish Town, London


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Nasi Lemak @ Eatzone Noodle House, Kentish Town, London

limster | Aug 8, 2010 03:39 PM

Tried to go to Queen of Sheba for their Ethiopian Coffee ceremony, but found that they were closed (for lunch or on holiday). Had eaten very recently at Bull and Last (a magnificent slab of roasted suckling pig covered in a brilliantly crispy skin with a white bean stew with black pudding , sausage and other vegetables among other wonders) so that was out.

So decided to give this place a try. Big menu of Chinese noodley items, but from looking at the specialities, the chef is probably Malaysian Chinese.

Nasi Lemak was surprisingly good --a fairly aromatic rice with coconut and pandan (not the absolute best, but not bad at all), an excellent sambal with just the right level of sweetness, heat and savoury pungence, fried anchovies, very good achar (pickles, with chilli, oil, spices and lots of sesame seeds), a very solid chicken curry, cucumber slices, an ordinary boiled egg, roasted peanuts. While the quality of the components varied, some of the components (e.g. achar, sambal) were a touch better than the version at Sedap. Sedap has a sense of refinement that this place lacks, but the cooking seemed more down-to-earth and homey. Will see how the other dishes fare -- laksa and wan tan ho are probably my next things to try.

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