Rasa Sayang

Malaysian Restaurant in Chinatown

Rasa Sayang is a Singaporean and Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown offering delicious food at affordable prices. The Macclesfield Street restaurant is currently closed for renovations until early 2021 but the 15 Frith Street restaurant is open for business.

rasa sayang

The name of the restaurant is from a treasured Malaysian folk song which translates to ‘loving feeling’. This was reflected in the warm service we received from the staff throughout our visit.

rasa sayang
rasa sayang

Malaysian Food in London

The chefs at Rasa Sayang use Peranakan, Chinese and Malay ingredients and techniques and offer a wide variety of traditional dishes. Due to the size constraints at the Frith Street branch, there are limited vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. However, the restaurant can still amend dishes accordingly on request.

Meat wise, the Beef Rendang with rice (£9.90) was excellent. The beef is slow braised overnight in an aromatic 15 spice curry and certainly packs a punch. I was also excited to see Char Kway Teow on the menu after eating the dish in Penang recently (£9.90). Rasa Sayang cook the wide noodles in an umami soya sauce with egg, prawns, squid, fishcake, beansprouts and chives. Another great dish!

Malaysian restaurant in chinatown
Malaysian restaurant in chinatown

Vegan wise, we had the spring rolls (£4.50) and Vegan Achar (a sweet and sour pickle of pineapple, carrots, cucumber, sesame seeds and peanuts £4.50) to start. This was followed by a made to order wok fried vegetable vermicelli noodles and a side of wok-fried broccoli with minced garlic.

Malaysian restaurant in chinatown
Malaysian restaurant in chinatown
Malaysian restaurant in chinatown

The menu also includes other classic dishes including Mee Goreng, Singapore Chilli Crab, Nasi Lemak and Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Malaysian restaurant in chinatown

Overall

The food and service at this Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown was great with large portions at reasonable prices. There aren’t that many restaurants in London offering Malaysian and Singaporean food so it was great to see so many traditional options on the menu.

East London Girl: Malaysian Restaurant in Chinatown

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