Wild Serai Malaysian pop-up at The King & Co in Clapham – only around till 31st January, 2015!

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We trekked across from North to South London to visit the newest foodie experience to arrive in South London – Wild Serai at The King & Co gastro-pub on Clapham Road, near Clapham Common! We adore Malaysian cuisine and were very excited to be checking them out with our lovely friend and fellow blogger Amy Franklin ( feedingfranklin.co.uk ).

We settled down with a bottle of the recommended red wine of Cotes de Rhone Les Combelles, whilst we chatted and perused the menu. As we were finding it hard to make decisions as to what to try, we enlisted the help of Wild Serai chef-owner Yolanda. She advised us on national dishes to try plus a few others, so we ended up with a great tapas selection of dishes to work our way through. Love the additional option of being able to select from the specials chalk blackboard!

Whilst chatting to Yolanda, we found out that she is an Oncologist by profession but has taken a short career break to do some supper clubs before setting-up this pop-up, as well as get married; and she is also a fellow colleague at Guy’s Hospital where J also works. Yolanda introduced J to her kitchen team consisting of her father and friends Nerea and Sharif.

We kicked off with moist, charcoal grilled mixed (chicken and beef) satay platter, crispy pork belly wraps and crispy soft shell chilli crab.

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The satay sauce was a balance of fruity, spiciness from the sriracha, a tanginess from the tamarind, and crunch from the peanuts.

Crispy pork belly wraps

Crispy pork belly wraps

The pork had a wonderful smokiness from the charcoal grill and was served with a few pieces of crisp crackling. These juicy pieces of pork belly were served with sweet gem lettuce leaves and a dipping sauce made from soy, lemongrass, sweet vinegar and bird’s eye chilli which perfectly complemented the sweetness of the pork.

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The crab had a crisp exterior and a soft, velvety interior of crab meat; textures of which worked well with the lemongrass, lime leaf and bird’s eye chilli sauce, and was served with refreshing pieces of pineapple as well as a fluffy, warm mantou bun (like a brioche roll).

Next we moved onto mains of Nasi Lemak and Ox Tail Stew, which were complemented by the fruity flavours of blackberries, cherries and redcurrants accompanied by a hint of spice in the afternotes from the Cote de Rhone.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is the national dish of Malaysia and comprises of coconut rice garnished with boiled egg, cucumber, peanuts, anchovies and served with a warm prawn sambal and a piece of Inchi Kabin (Nyonya Fried Chicken). The difference between Inchi Kabin and other fried chicken is that it is twice-fried making it especially crispy! It was coated with a traditional tangy and appetizing sauce made of red chilli, lime juice, sugar and mustard, and placed on the charcoal grill prior to serving.

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We rounded off our meal with desserts of Bubur Cha Cha (coconut milk, sago, sweet potato, banana and palm sugar) and Cengkodok (deep fried banana balls), accompanied by more Cote de Rhone and liqueur coffees.

The traditional Malay dessert was a bit too sweet for our liking, even for our sweet tooth, and could also have been brightened up with a bit of more colourful fruits like dragon fruit and passionfruit which would have helped to counter some of the excess sweetness. Also, the banana fritters were good but a bit lack luster as they could have been accompanied by something like kaya (a delicious rich and aromatic Malaysian jam made with coconut, eggs and caramel).

[ Recipe for Kaya if you are interested is at: http://rasamalaysia.com/kaya-recipe-malaysian-coconut-egg-jam/2/ ]

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Pleasant service also from The King & Co bar tenders Anthony and Joe.

Wild Serai is only at The King & Co until 31st January, 2015, so what are you waiting for – head over there now and check them out! We are sure you will enjoy it as much as we did.

 

Twitter: @wildserai @ #Malaysian #cuisine #pop-up @TheKingandCo #Clapham @rasamalaysia

 

Wild Serai information link:

http://thekingandco.uk/events/wild-serai/

 

Please see our Facebook photo album for more pictures from this visit.

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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2 Responses to Wild Serai Malaysian pop-up at The King & Co in Clapham – only around till 31st January, 2015!

  1. Amy says:

    Ah great review, such yum food! x

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