‘Malaysian by May’

Supper clubs are an amazingly sociable way to eat delicious food in homely, relaxed surroundings. I happily turn up to supper clubs on my own, knowing that there will be a roomful of friendly people to meet and that I’ll always have something in common with them…a love of food! I’m yet to have a bad supper club experience and am always looking for new and exciting events to attend. In June of this year I was excited to learn that a group of my favourite supper club hosts had joined forces to create…the Grazing Asia Supper Club, a collaboration between Luiz (The London Foodie), May (Slow Food Kitchen), Uyen(Leluu) and Mimi (Meemalee). I’m a huge fan of Leluu’s supper club, and have become a bit of a repeat attender and have even helped out behind the scenes on a couple of occasions. I’ve also taken part in a couple of The London Foodie’s cooking clubs and although I’ve met May at various foodie events I’ve never had the pleasure of sampling her cooking. So when I heard news of a Grazing Asia event called ‘Malaysian by May’ I jumped on it and booked myself a place. The event had the added bonus of being hosted at The London Foodie’s lovely house and having previously heard from him all about his kitchen renovation plans I was dying to take a peek at the finished masterpiece. I spent the first part of the evening admiring the gorgeous new fixtures and fittings and suffering a severe bout of aga envy, just check out this bad boy…

Once all the guests arrived we started the Malaysian feast with these delicate and refreshing Nonya Kerabu chicken lettuce cup wraps, which had a great chilli kick to get the taste buds going…

We all took our seats and May explained what she had in store for us, a gastronomic tour through the diverse cooking styles that make up Malay cuisine, which combines influences from Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Thai cuisine.

The first dish we tried was Otak Otak, which is a spicy steamed fish custard…

The texture of this dish was something I’ve never experienced before and at first glance it looked pretty strange. But appearances can be deceptive…the light, spicy, set custard made with coconut milk, surrounded chunks of tender, flaky white fish. It melted in the mouth and was totally delicious!

Next up we had stir-fried Lala clams…

We got stuck in…all table manners went out the window as we used our hands to pluck the juicy clams from their shells and slurped the amazing garlicky liqor from the bowl…nothing was wasted!

My favourite dish of the evening was the Hokkien fried rice cakes…

Thick strips of gorgeously glutinous rice cake and fresh greens in a rich dark sauce, topped with the crispiest bacon lardons. The contrast of textures was perfect!

At this point May told us we’d only just finished our starters and the mains were still to come. This was my kind of meal!

The mains all came to the table in a neverending parade of deliciousness. We had Nonya Curry Kapitan Chicken…

Nonya Prawn Pineapple curry…

Slow Cooked Dongpo Pork Belly…

All served with spicy green beans and Nasi Lemak… 

 

which you top off with Sambal Ikan Bilis, a deliciously powerful dish made from deep fried anchovies, onion and tamarind paste… 

I don’t know where I found the space but I just couldn’t stop eating…everything was so flavourful and fragrant. The mix of flavours and textures were a sensation!

As we were all sinking into food coma’s, a pudding of Bubor Cha Cha, a warm coconut soup with sweet potatoes and yam, was served. I found it quite difficult to get my head around it because it was most definitely a sweet soup but was still very savoury in taste, especially when you came across a lump of sweet potato or yam. 

I have to say I’m not sure the coconut soup was my cup of tea as it didn’t satisfy my incredibly sweet tooth but there was no need to worry as we were also presented with a huge pile of incredible coconut candy…

I had to leave very shortly afterwards full to the brim with delicious food and on a complete sugar high. What a fantastic evening of delicious food and great company. I can’t wait for the next one.


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