Nasi Lemak Korner has two outlets – one in Como and the other on the corner of Stirling Highway and Glyde Street, Mosman Park – and it was to the latter we went one night this week – it is directly opposite the train station so great if you are planning to use public transport, which we were. (In fact this is quite an interesting area with a couple of other restaurants and two bars within close proximity so we will be back on the train soon I am sure.)
Anyway to the Korner, the dining space seems to be a couple of old shops joined together, still not a large area, and judging from the crowd so early in the week, very popular – booking is probably the best bet, we were there at 6PM and grabbed the last “non-booked” table.
Unlicensed, but with a very good liquor store a street away that is no problem – BYO is fine.
The Malay influenced menu has many, to me, tempting dishes on offer – murtabak, one of my favourites is only available on weekends so that means a return to try soon.
Anyway we started with a couple of entrées – Cucar Udang and Kerabu salad. First, four sausage shaped prawn and chive fritters were crisply fried – maybe a tad too long, a little too brown I thought- but inside the moist filling was packed with tiny juicy prawns, mildly spiced – they came with a pleasantly spicy sauce for dipping – we took two home as they were pretty filling.
The cold salad, a Malay classic, composed of shredded coconut, chilli, beansprouts, green apple, dried shrimps, and doused with calamansi juice which gave the whole thing an aromatic fragrance redolent of mandarin, and a sour orange/lime flavour, had a host of flavours and textures – refreshing and zesty.
Our mains – lamb curry and a bowl of laksa rounded out the meal.
The curry, slow cooked lamb on the bone, was meltingly tender, quite spicy and aromatic from coconut – it was a little like a rending in consistency, flavour and bouquet – again a very generous serve which beat us. With rice this is enough for two, emphasising the value of the meals.
Laksa Nonya – a seafood soup, juiced up with coconut milk, chilli and dried shrimps, was jam packed with thick and thin noodles, a couple of halved boiled eggs, bean sprouts and topped with fried juicy, soft shelled crab and a couple of battered and fried prawns and a sprig of coriander. Again a good sized serve. It was a little different from other laksa I have had recently – no squid or other seafood floating around in the broth – but enjoyable, nonetheless and quite spicy. Liked it.
Nasi Lemak Korner based on this visits offers great value meals – the two starters were both under $9 and the mains were $17 – well cooked, with all the flavours and aromas you would expect from Malay cuisine.
A final note – the waiters were uniformly friendly, chatty, helpful and looked as though they enjoyed their work. We had a great time, we will be back.