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Rasa Sayang, Chinatown, London


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Rasa Sayang, Chinatown, London

limster | Dec 28, 2008 12:35 PM

A new Singaporean/Malaysian place, next to Leong's Legend.

Very good rendition of Hainanese chicken rice - silky poached chicken, with the proper trio of sauces (a minced ginger sauce, dark sticky soy and a chili sauce). The rice is pretty good and quite chickeny. The broth is the weak part, more sesame oil and soy sauce, instead of the clarity of chicken consomme. I'd say the rice is a touch better at the nearby Malaysia Kopi Tiam, but the chicken is comparable, with an edge to the sauces here.

Char kway teow is skippable, a basic version with prawns and sliced fish balls, bean sprouts and green onion. The version I had at Kiasu a while ago was much better and more definitive. (Although I have heard that Kiasu has changed chefs and has been on a downhill slide....any updates?)

Nasi goreng istimewa, an Indonesian/Malay fried rice comes across very well. The chicken satay was surprisingly tender, despite the large pieces, the marinate decent, and the peanut sauce on it the right stuff. Fairly good fried rice with a generous portion of prawns, and a pleasant hint of chilli spice.

An ok teh tarik - a milk tea that could be more frothy.

Was pleasantly surprised to to see stuff like oneh oneh - the glutinous rice skins were soft and chewy (very good) and the right filling of dark palm sugar, except that it was still a little solid in the centre - the filling should be a warm liquid sugar. Nit-picking but I wish the coconut flakes on the outside were a little finer. Nevertheless a brave effort and will be back to try this again when they get past their opening stage.

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