Table Talk: Five of London's notable Asian eateries
By Brenda Goh
LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The culinary capital of quintessential British dishes like fish and chips, pie and mash and... chicken tikka masala is a go-to destination for anyone who enjoys pub grub served with a frothing pint of real ale.
But for overseas visitors from East Asia whose tastes may bend toward piping hot Thai white rice, throat-scorching curries and roasted meats, here are five in-the-know spots to find a taste of home:
Tuck into this Chinese-Malaysian eatery close to the City financial district during your lunch break for a quick and affordable meal. Managed by a family from Penang, Malaysia, Sedap serves up homely favorites such as beef rendang, Hainanese chicken rice and nasi lemak.
On the dessert menu try nonya kueh, a traditional Peranakan (Straits Chinese) baked sweet that often contains ingredients such as pandan flavoring and coconut milk. For those working overtime in the office, or who prefer a lazy night in the hotel room, Sedap offers free deliveries for orders over 10 pounds within a one-mile radius. (102 Old Street, www.sedap.co.uk )
Nestled in the middle of Chinatown, Rasa Sayang is well placed for a night out in nearby Soho. Don't be put off by the sparse furnishings; find full-flavored, spice-infused Malaysian cooking at decent prices.
One of few venues in London that has hawker dishes like oyster omelets and grilled satay on the menu, Rasa Sayang also serves the well-loved spicy laksa curry alongside fishball meepok noodle soup, Straits curry chicken and Singapore-style mee siam. Those who pine for coffee and tea Singapore/Malaysian style should also not miss Rasa Sayang's 'Milo dinosaur' or 'teh tarik'. (5 Macclesfield Street, rasasayangfood.com ) Continued...