The Sun & 13 Cantons Pub, which was previously home to Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express residency, is now hosting popular street food vendors Sambal Shiok, with modern Malaysian cuisine. It had been a while since I had eaten Malaysian cuisine so I was very keen to try Sambal Shiok as I had heard really good things.
A decision was made and my foodie friend Nessy and I chose to go try out the food and catch up in the familiar surroundings of the pub and escape a cold June (!) day with some spicy hot Malaysian food.
We were both suffering from colds too so were looking forward to the heat in the food. As it was 5:30 when we got there, we were some of the first diners and thus the service was really quick and efficient. A big thank you to Jasmine for being such a fantastic host and explaining everything so well.
We started off by sipping on Teh Tarik, which is Malaysian sweetened tea, while we went through the menu to decide what to eat. The tea was just perfect for the weather and not too heavy either.
The menu was well balanced in terms of categories and there are vegetarian options available too. The dishes are explained really well and all the ingredients listed, which I love in good menus as my allergies are not common.
For starters we had the Ayam Goreng, which is Malaysian Fried Chicken with Peanut sauce. OMG the sauce was heavenly and the chicken was fried to perfection with a flavoursome batter, with such a nice texture.
The Hainan dumplings were our second pick and these are chicken dumplings with a ginger chilli sauce. They tasted so fresh and had a silky texture and the ginger chilli sauce was highly addictive. This was probably my favourite dish.
For both starters the portions were very generous and the food arrived in a reasonable amount of time.
For mains Nessy went for the Kari Laksa Ayam, which was chicken, tofu puffs served in a rich spicy coconut chicken and prawn broth. I tried a spoonful of this and it was so tasty but had such a kick we were both so glad we didn’t ask for extra chilli. The flavour was not at all compromised by the heat of the chilli and it was absolutely delicious. It was such a large portion too which I thought was fantastic.
My mains was Nasi Lemak dahl mamak, wjich was a rice dish, and it arrived beautifully plated and also a handsome portion. It was a stunning dish and really wholesome. Perfect for a chilly evening.
We were both so full from the food that we couldn’t handle desserts but the choices were incredible. When I go next time I will definitely order the Chocolate, almond and cardamom cake.
In terms of prices, the food was so reasonably priced, and it came to just over £20 each for 2 starters and 2 mains.
The venue itself has a great ambience and the tables are spaced out nicely so it never feels crowded.
The good news is they have now extended their residency at the Sun and 13 Cantons so if you are a fan of spicy food and want to try modern Malaysian cuisine, this is a must try to add to your list.
For more information go to: http://www.sambalshiok.co.uk
THE SUN & 13 CANTONS, 21 Great Pulteney Street, Soho W1F 9NG
Lunch Tues to Fri 12-3. Sat 12.30-3
Dinner Tues, Weds & Sat 5.30-9