Meal for 1: £25.00 for starter, main and drinks
I know I know virtually everyone with a food blog in London has an opinion about Kiasu so it’s nothing new. But I’m a serious lover of Singaporean food so I feel compelled to toss in my two cents. The flavors of Singaporean and Malaysian foods are generally pretty foreign to western folk raised on cheep and cheerful Chinese take-out (read bland) and steam table Indian (even blander). This makes ordering off of the menu at a place like Kiasu a bit challenging for the uninitiated– as things just don’t sound like they make much sense.
I think some of the negative reviews might be inspired by diners who order items that seem familiar – thai style curries for example or Pad Thai– which tend to be rather boring here. If you want Thai go to a Thai restaurant. My advice is to pick things on the menu that just sound a wee bit freaky like Nasi Goreng – a rice dish laden with dried sardines or Gado Gado – eggs, tofu and radish cake doused in peanut sauce.
Kiasu is local to my flat in London so I eat here pretty regularly but I think it’s worth traveling by tube to check out.
Favorite Dishes: Gado Gado, Roti Pratha, Mee Siam, Nasi Lema
Book I was reading: Empire of the Mind – History of the Iran
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