Sambal Shiok is resident at The Sun & 13 Cantons until 1st October 2016. It has been serving Malaysian flavours at the pub, which is located in London.
The menu is simple with the main sections – snacks, laksa noodle soup and rice dishes.
We tried the Hainan Dumplings (£6) which comes in two options, with meat or vegetables. We choice the meat option which was chicken dumplings with ginger chilli sauce.
The pastry of the dumpling was firm and moist. It was not too thick but not as thin as the pastry you will find on a gyoza (Japanese dumplings).
Ayam Goreng is Malaysian fried chicken served with peanut sauce (£6.50). The chicken was crispy with a spicy batter coating and goes well with the peanut sauce.
There are a range of rice dishes on the menu to select. I tried the Nasi Lemak Rendang Daging (£13). This is beef rendang cooked with 11 spices, served with coconut pandan rice, cucumber, sweet pickled red onions, peanuts, deep fried anchovies and egg. It also comes with spicy sambal sauce which I requested to be served separately to make the dish milder.
The dish overall was okay with wonderful flavours from the 11 spices. However, I would had prefer the beef a bit more tender and moist.
Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng (£12) is Malaysian fried chicken served with coconut peanut sauce, coconut pandan rice, cucumber, sweet picked red onions, peanuts and deep fried anchovies.
As well as a selection of rice dishes, the menu also offers a selection of Laksa noodle soup. The Kari Laksa Istimewa (£13) is made up of chicken, prawn, tofu puff served in a rich spicy coconut chicken and prawn broth.
We finished the meal sharing the Cardomon chocolate cakes which comes served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cake was fluffy with a light hint of cardomon.
There is a small selection of Malaysian drinks including Teh Tarok, which is a Malaysian sweetend tea (£3.50)
I tried the Cibcau (£3.50) which is a herbal grass jelly. I was not that keen on this drink as it was like drinking sugar syrup. Instead I prefer the version with coconut milk.
I found the dishes at Sambal Shiok too spicy for me, so unfortunately its not shiok (shee-ock) – “Wow this is delicious!” But if you do enjoy your spicy food than Sambal Shiok might be a place you will want to try before their pop up at The Sun and 13 Canton pubs ends.
Sambal Shiok (at The Sun & 13 Cantons)
21 Great Pulteney Street,