Soulfood Catering – Australian-Inspired Nasi Lemak!
When it comes to “Fusion” cuisine, I am a bit of a skeptic. Many supposedly “fusion’ dishes are more gimmick than actual innovation, with non-complementary ingredients haphazardly thrown together. So when I heard of an Australian-Inspired Nasi Lemak being served up by Soulfood Catering, I honestly had my reservations. But hey, you cant go very wrong with steak and nasi lemak, right? I decided to head down to check it out!
Located along Pahang Street, Soulfood Catering is run by Brett and his wife, who split the cooking duties according to the cuisine they are most familiar with! Brett handles the grill while his wife and mother-in-law cook up the Nasi Lemak. The result is a plate of food that does not try to be “fusion” cuisine. Instead, you get a great plate of Nasi Lemak with expertly grilled fresh ingredients. What’s not to love?
The classic Nasi Lemak is always a must have, so the first dish we had was the Chicken Wing Nasi Lemak ($4.50). We also added an additional chicken wing, which costs $1.50. The Nasi Lemak rice was rich and fragrant, but not as decadent as more popular Nasi Lemak stores. I think this is a really good move, considering the strong, robust flavours of the grilled meats that are paired with this rice.
Another key ingredient of Nasi Lemak is sambal chilli, and SoulFood Catering claims to have “arguably the best homemade sambal in town”! Needless to say, I had high expectations. The sambal was indeed very good, with a good balance of sweetness and fragrance from the onions and garlic. My only complaint is that I would have liked it to be slightly spicier, but thats ultimately a personal preference.
While the rice and sambal were great, the star of this dish is still undoubtedly the fried chicken wings, which were fried to perfection. The paprika and garlic herb-infused batter, gave these wings a non-traditional boost in flavour which I really enjoyed!
The first Australian inspired Nasi Lemak we tried is the Bangers and Hash Nasi Lemak ($10). The dish comes with two cheese sausages and crispy hash browns, which are topped with a heap of freshly grilled caramelised onions. While the sausages are store bought, they were grilled till crispy and were still extremely tasty.
If you want a true blue Australian barbecue experience, the Surf & Turf Nasi Lemak ($18.90) is the dish for you. The dish comes with scallops, prawns, and a ribeye steak, all of which were grilled to perfection with a nice char and smokey flavour. The prawns and scallops are actually cooked using the oil from the sambal chilli sauce, adding a subtle spiciness to the seafood as well. The ribeye was flavourful and tender, but was thinner than your average portion of steak. However, I think the amount of steak given was more than fair, given that the dish comes with seafood as well.
Don’t forget to dip your seafood into the garlic cream sauce served alongside for an extra layer of richness! I loved the heady aroma of garlic in this sauce. The creamy sauce will help cool the tastebuds if you find the seafood or sambal too spicy.
Soulfood Catering manages to steer clear of the troupes surrounding “fusion” food by simply doing what they know best: Grilling up great barbecue and making a great plate of Nasi Lemak. If you are craving for barbecue, nasi lemak, or both, then Soulfood Catering offers you the best of both worlds – all on one plate!
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