Last night I attended the launch of Merah (Malay for red), a contemporary Malaysian street food restaurant located in Northcote. Merah aims to bring a touch of home style cooking with an edge. Last night we were able to experience some of the dishes that Merah has to offer.
Pearl Dumplings – Tapioca sago, turnip, pork shoulder, peanuts, betel leaves
Absolutely loved the pearl dumplings – love the preserved turnip that they used in the dumplings, really adds a bold kick and texture to the filling.
Would have easily eaten this entire plate myself.
Satay chicken sticks
Tender pieces of chicken grilled on Premium kogane ogatan white charcoal from Malaysia, a traditional method of canonisation in brick dome kilns.
Brings great flavour and love the slathering of satay sauce! yum.
Nasi Lemak – Coconut rice, crispy anchovies, peanuts, achar, free range egg, traditional sambal
If you’re able to eat spicy food, this Nasi Lemak is totally up your alley, the side of kangkung belachan (water spinach with kerabu sambal) and sambal are both spicy, but adds so much flavour and heat to the dish. There is so much variety of flavour and texture to this dish, from the pickled veggies through to the crispy salty anchovies. I also love that the rice is flavoured with coconut.
Merah Fried Chicken – with kelantan mayo
If you’re a lover of fried chicken, then this is a must order. Tender juicy battered chicken wings served with mayo and a side of lemon wedges. Squeezing the lemon juice onto the chicken wings is a must! I highly recommend this.
Fresh clams stir fried with chilli, ginger and spring onions! Could easily polish this with a bowl of rice! So good and homely!
Whilst Merah is still a day old, the dishes that were served last night was well executed without any hiccups. I love all the dishes that were served on the night and can’t wait to return to try their other dishes!