It was really tasty, and quite easy, when the steps were done in advance (though we ate pretty late; I should’ve cooked the rice earlier). A photo is below… definitely would have been prettier with the cilantro. We didn’t really miss the prawns, though, and there was a hint of them in the sambal anyway.
Tomorrow we’re going into town, and will try to have dinner at Malaysia Kopi Tiam in Charing Cross Road. Which, I understand, means that we’ll be right around the corner from Chinatown, which I haven’t seen yet. I’m quickly filling up the cupboards and fridge with stuff, but I do need some rice vinegar and a bottle of fish sauce that’s less than a liter. I know these aren’t Chinese but most Chinese grocery stores – well, ok, assuming they even have one there and they haven’t all moved out to the suburbs – carry the basics of other Asian cuisines.
I’m very excited about Kopi Tiam. I’m going to try to find whether Rick Stein did a show for the BBC on Malaysia when he was in SE Asia last year, so we can familiarize ourselves with some of what we might find. Though Malaysian food is so cosmopolitan that – if you’re a newbie like me – you might eat in two different restaurants and not realize you’re eating the same cuisine. Also, there’s a restaurant with the same name in DC that I always liked very much. Could it have the same owners? Again, we’ll find out.
I’m also very grateful that Andrew is so adventurous and likes spicy food!