A few years ago when I visited Malaysia, I wrote a number of posts about some of the amazing food H and I ate out there.
Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for places to get some of my favourites in the UK.
Recently while footering about online, I came across a website that mentioned a place in London where one could getÂ Cendol – Rasa Sayang (5 Macclesfield Street).
I hopped over to their website and perused their menus. Old favourites such as Nasi Lemak and Char Kway Teow featured, but I was blown away to see Ondeh-Ondeh listed too (below).
I had searched for ondeh-ondeh (aka onde-onde) while out in Malaysia a few years ago (you can read about my odyssey here). To learn they were available in the UK a short train ride away was hugely exciting (I know, I know, but I’m all about the little things).
On our next visit to London, I hustled H over there and we were speedily shown to a table. It is quite a small place, with a handful of extra tables downstairs, and there is a definite feel of in-and-out dining being the goal.
I had an iced Milo and H an iced coffee, and for our mains we went for our usual Malaysian “comparison dishes” of Nasi Lemak and Char Kway Teow. I also ordered the desserts at the same time, as I knew the ondeh-ondeh took a little while to prepare.
Both our mains were good, but we were really waiting for the desserts. They arrived shortly after, and we were soon the proud possessors of a heaping dish of cendol and 4 hot fresh ondeh-ondeh.
The cendol was wonderful. Beans and green noodles lurked beneath ice, coconut milk and palm sugar. However we started off with the ondeh-ondeh. Still hot, the coconut-covered gelatinous exteriors broke open to reveal liquid palm sugar centres. Absolutely beautiful.
The prices are great and the service efficient. It isn’t a fancy place, but if you are looking for good cheap food near Leicester Square, Rasa Sayang is an excellent option.
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is this the place for Roti too?
Are they open between Christmas and New Year?