Southeast Asia is home to a great number of cuisines and very few cities outside the region offer access to them all, which makes us realise how lucky we are in London to have them at our doorsteps. While Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian restaurants are widely celebrated as popular choices for a dinner night out, Malaysian restaurants in London haven’t quite infiltrated the scene to the same extent. Does a complex blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences within a single cuisine sound intriguing to you? If so, then read on to learn more about London’s Malaysian restaurants.
Ask any Malaysian what he or she misses about the cuisine back home and you’re likely to hear a long list of beloved dishes and street snacks being rattled off. Indeed, food plays such a major role in the daily lives of Malaysians – which isn’t that surprising considering the nation’s cuisine has been shaped by centuries of migration and colonial occupation, owing to its location along the spice route. Following the expansion of British powers in the Malay Archipelago throughout the 19th century, many Malaysians migrated to Britain where they settled and raised families over the decades.The trend continues to this day, with Malaysian students flocking to Britain to further their education, forming one of the largest foreign student populations here along the way. The Malaysian restaurants in London are therefore more than just a pitstop for overseas Malaysians to feast on their favourite dishes; they also serve as a gel for the community by being a home away from home. Muslims total over 60% of the Malaysian population, which is why the Malaysian restaurants in London are often halal. And since they’re so accessible to everyone and anyone, why put off giving them a go? Embark on your next culinary adventure with Quandoo by finding and reserving a table at one of London’s Malaysian restaurants today!
Malaysian cuisine is best described as “rojak” (Malay for “mixture”), which coincidentally, is the name of a popular salad-like dish that is a mishmash of fruits and vegetables drenched in a sweet-spicy sauce with bits of crushed peanuts. When you walk into a Malaysian restaurant in London, the heady blend of spices wafting in the air will hit you before you’ve even laid eyes on the menu. Pay attention to the following paragraph, where we’ll provide tips on the items you should be looking out for once you’re there. Rice staples feature heavily at any Malaysian restaurant, whether in London or further afield, with nasi lemak being the undisputed national dish. Few will be able to resist the rich fragrance of nasi lemak rice – steamed with coconut milk and pandan leaves – to be consumed with small servings of anchovies, sliced cucumber, hard-boiled egg, fried chicken and sambal on the side. Other noteworthy dishes you might come across at Malaysian restaurants in London include nasi goreng (fried rice), chicken or beef rendang (spicy stew of meat and coconut milk), lontong (vegetables cooked in mild coconut milk) and keropok udang (fried prawn crackers). Need something to quench your thirst? A traditional pulled milk tea known as teh tarik would be the Malaysian beverage of choice, while we reckon the saccharine sweetness of bandung would do a better job in washing down that spice. Savour the abundant flavours, colours and textures of Malaysia’s cuisine at one of these restaurants in London – we promise you won’t regret it. Simply find and book a table now with Quandoo!