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Nasi Lemak @ Rasa Sayang, Chinatown, London

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Nasi Lemak @ Rasa Sayang, Chinatown, London

limster | Feb 8, 2009 12:40 PM

Was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the rice in the nasi lemak -- it's got the proper coconut milk and pandan flavour, which I've had a hard time finding. Comes with a textbook chicken curry (more coconut milk and tumeric, per the Malay version), good multifaceted achar (pickled cucumber, with sesame seeds, chilli, spices ), a decent sambal aubergine (cooked with belacan, the fermented prawn paste), hard boiled egg, raw cucuber and tomato slices and crispy ikan bilis (fried anchovies with peanuts, could have used some sambal here, but this plainer version is within the range of nasi lemak offerings). Perhaps the only thing missing is a solid sambal (a ground chilli sauce). This is best version I've had in London so far; other renditions typically lack the proper flavour in the rice.

BTW, the curry puffs had a nice and proper curry filling -- cubed potatoes, chicken, onions (very important in my book as the sweetness of the browned onions complement the spiciness). The skins should be a flour based pastry, but here they just used a batter, which perhaps is more demanding technically. Fried to a nice crispiness.

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