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zuriga1 Aug 14, 2009 04:03 AM

Does anyone know of a Malaysian restaurant in London that features Nyonya cuisine? There is such a place in NYC, but no one here has ever mentioned it. Limster??

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  1. limster RE: zuriga1 Aug 14, 2009 04:47 AM

    Sedap has excellent Penang style Nyonya cooking (which is different from Nyonya cooking in Singapore, kinda like Italian is different in Milan vs Naples) -- focus on the Malaysian curry section of their menu. The hawker-type dishes aren't nearly as good (the char kuay teow/stir fried flat rice noodles excepted).

    I wouldn't expect anything like Nyonya Restaurant in Manhattan though, they make more of the general Singapore/Malaysian hawker dishes, rather than the specific dishes of the Nyonya cuisine. For Singapore/Malaysian hawker dishes, there's other places for them and will vary of depending on the specific dish e.g. Rasa Sayang for nasi lemak, C&R for wan tan ho etc...

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      zuriga1 RE: limster Aug 14, 2009 05:33 AM

      As always... many thanks!

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        greedygirl RE: zuriga1 Aug 14, 2009 08:28 AM

        I took my friend to Sedap whose from Singapore but her family is from Penang. She liked it very much, as did I.

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          zuriga1 RE: greedygirl Aug 14, 2009 12:16 PM

          Thanks, I'll try to get to Sedap before too long.

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        kristainlondon RE: limster Aug 15, 2009 05:42 AM

        I ate at Sedap three times last week. Good stuff. Lunch special is an especially good value. £5.95 - £6.50 for starter, main, rice/noodles.

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          oonth RE: limster Aug 16, 2009 02:40 AM

          For me Sedap is a quintessential Chowhound restaurant. Not only is a lot of their food delicious and well-priced but it's a mother/daughter set-up and they couldn't be any nicer and do more to make you feel like coming back. On my 2nd visit (a good 2-3 weeks after my 1st), the daughter recognised me and, without prompting, remembered exactly what we had ordered on our 1st visit when giving some suggestions on what else to try. I'm particularly enamoured with some of the sweets/confectionery which I'm new to.


          Limster, have you tried Melur on Edgware Road which I've been hearing some good things about?


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            limster RE: oonth Aug 16, 2009 04:43 AM

            I haven't tried Melur, its on the to do list with a few other places, including a more detailed look at Makan on Portobello Road, Bonda Cafe (Around Paddington) and Gourmet Garden (near Hendon). And of course the Malaysian Student's Canteen in Bayswater which Howler has mentioned several times. These days I've mostly been going to Sedap.

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          medgirl RE: zuriga1 Aug 14, 2009 10:37 PM


          There's a restaurant called Nyonya in Notting Hill. Haven't eaten there myself, just walked past it several times.

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            limster RE: medgirl Aug 15, 2009 03:37 AM

            The folks at Sedap used to run Nyonya. Nyonya closed after they started at Sedap, with a sign saying that they were undergoing refurbishment. Has Nyonya reopened?

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              feelinfoodie RE: limster Aug 17, 2009 08:17 AM

              thanks guys - ive been dying for a good char kuay teow

              will try this soon

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                Gourmet Chick RE: feelinfoodie Aug 20, 2009 03:09 AM

                Nyonya in Notting Hill has not reopened and the premises it was in is being turned into a real estate agent - VERY disappointing - I am hoping it will resurface elsewhere.


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                  limster RE: Gourmet Chick Aug 20, 2009 03:11 AM

                  They have already resurfaced at Sedap - it's the same folks.

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                    gourmet traveller RE: limster Sep 22, 2009 07:09 AM

                    Not exactly Nyonya food, but Satay House serves fantastic Malay food (they even do ice teh tarik!) They've been around 1970s but has recently been renovated. They have a pretty comprehensive menu (my gripe with nyonya was always that their menu was kinda short) and it's all very authentic and tasty.


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