Call it a coincidence, but there happens to be a halal Malay restaurant, Miah’s Sambalicious, in the same building I live in. Why is this relevant? Well, for those of you who are regular readers of my ayamstuffed blog, you would know that I went to school in Malaysia (or at least you would know that I lived there for a while).
While I was there, I had my fill of Nasi (rice). I ate so much rice that when I went back home (Nigeria), I would avoid it as much as I could. Nasi goreng ayam which is fried rice with chicken, was my jam, especially during exams. It was tasty, filling comfort food that was easy to get. As Malaysia was multicultural, I also enjoyed Indian dishes such as tandoori chicken, naan, murtabak and roti canai. In hindsight, there were so many dishes I could have tried. The things we take for granted…
The first time I wanted to try Miah’s though, they were closed and I was hijacked by the Indian place next door. The food from the Indian place didn’t turn out to be that great, by the way.
Second time, they were open. I ordered Ice Kacang, something else I never had in Malaysia, and Nasi Lemak. I had been craving shaved ice desserts and I love chewing ice so this was fitting. Nasi Goreng was another option on my mind but fitfam me won and I went for the ‘healthier’ option. It took quite a while for my order to get to me but I assume it was cuz they were preparing it fresh.
The Nasi Lemak was authentic! As I took a spoonful of the rice, it felt like eating a nasi lemak dish in Malaysia. The spicy sauce, anchiovies and boiled egg all complemented each other, making the meal a satisfying one. One thing though, the oil from the chicken could fry an egg or some pancakes.
A few days later, I visited again, I let my inner fattie out and treated myself, ordering the Nasi Goreng Kampung (Village style fried rice) and added an extra dollar for chicken. As a lover of milo ice, I ordered the Milo Crush with Cream as well. I began to wonder why I hadn’t been exploring this place as it’s just right behind me. Anyway, it’s probably a good idea that I haven’t as it would not be good for my body and wallet. 🙁
It took about 10 minutes to get my food on this second trip. I thought I was getting a piece of chicken but it turned out to be chicken chunks instead. The Nasi Goreng Kampung did not taste as authentic as the Nasi Lemak, however it was still enjoyable. The smell of the anchovies was a bit overwhelming though. And once again, the oil that was left on my plate when I done could be put to other uses.
Now the milo crush was not at all what I was expecting. I though it would look like the popular Malaysian ‘Milo Ice’ which looks something like this:
But this is what it looked like:
It was basically a milo milkshake! Nice and thick, just how milo ice usually is but with whipped cream. It was more milk/cream than milo though; if you’re lactose intolerant, I’d advise you stay away.
Miah’s Sambalicous is definitely a place I’d love to visit regularly as the food is affordable and good. It’s not easy providing authentic tasting meals in another country but I think Miah’s is doing a good job.
Nasi Goreng Kampung: $9
Nasi Lemak with Chicken: $11.50
Ice Kacang: $5
Milo Crush with Cream: $4
Miah’s Sambalicous is located at 1/662 Blackburn Rd Intersection Of Normanby Rd, Notting Hill VIC 3168.