Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Wannabe A Malaysian Restaurant In London?
By Philippa Morton.
“I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I really really really wanna ziggazig ahhh!”
Well said Spice Girls. Although, even I know that what they meant to say was “Awana” in honour of their favourite Malaysian restaurant in London. Possibly.
So what do Sporty, Ginger, Baby, Posh and Scary have in common with Malaysian restaurants? One concept: spice. And where do you find spice on a (very) late summer’s eve in London? In Trafalgar Square, of course. At this annual Malaysian Festival in the centre of town, there were a multitude of Malaysian restaurants to choose from: Tukdin, Bintang, Malay House, Delima, Puji Puji, Melur, and Satay House, which just last week was awarded the Best Malaysian Eatery in the UK at the Asian Curry Awards.
I was surrounded by a wall of food stalls and a stage in the centre, but was sadly too late to witness Masterchef Winner Tim Anderson’s performance. Luckily, I was not too tardy to sample the food from the variety of restaurants around London; although much of my time was spent jostling the crowd, trying to buy some spicy goods. I eventually succeeded at the last moment, and, whilst everyone else was watching the stunning Malaysian sword fighters, singers, dancers and drummers on stage, I was guzzling down delicious chicken dumplings, and fish, rice and spice wrapped in a banana leaf from Tukdin.
The night seemed to close off a tad early for my liking - it must have been only 8.30pm when the bargaining for the last sales began - with the last performance completed just after 9. The spice for nightlife had started to kick in, but, unfortunately, it didn’t last much longer. That’s all folks.
To book a table at Awana, use the booking form below.