It’s my FIRST time having Nepalese Cuisine. If you talk about Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Italian, Korean or even Spanish – yes I’ve eaten them in some way or other but Nepalese Cuisine ~ definitely my 1st time
Truthfully I was a bit skeptical that I could enjoy myself but I told myself to give it a try. Never try never know!
Restaurant Nepal Himalayan Cuisine is only about 4 months old and they are operating in Plaza Damas. Easy to locate for it’s right opposite TGIF if you’re coming out from Hartmas Shopping Mall.
Throughout the night, Robin explained to us the dishes that was set before us and gave us a very insightful information of how Nepalese enjoy their food and their culture.
Not too adventurous? You can always go for Nepali Lemon Tea. Basically your Ice Lemon Tea Nepal style. For me, am all out thus I chose to try their Nepali Masala Chyaa, a traditional Nepalese Masala Milk Tea.
Am so used to our milk tea that I was not very used to the taste of this tea initially. However after a few sips, am all good. Best to be drank while warm for it gives a hint of the spice.
If you love lassi, give this Mango Lassi a try. My friend had this and it’s good. Thick mango puree with yoghurt.
Thirst quenched, it’s time to start feasting on Nepalese cuisine
For “beginners” like us, it’s always good to go for the Snack Tasting Platter. Here you can try a lil of this and that and have the flavours of Nepal on a platter. Let’s have a closer look of each item on the Snack Tasting Platter.
Nepali Salad ~ sliced cabbage, carrot, capsicum, onions and tomatoes blended with herbs. A hint of sour, it was a refreshing salad.
Mushroom with Peas ~ stir fried mushroom with peas. This is one dish that I like. Am a fungi lover
Chicken Chili ~ battered chicken pieces marinated in herbs, fried with onions, capsicums, green chilies and tomatoes in sweet and sour chicken. It’s very similar to our sweet and sour chicken dish.
Aloo Silam (mum’s recipe) ~ boiled potatoes marinated with red onion and silam, a unique nepalese herb. This is a rather interesting dish for me for I tasted a hint of sour admist the spiciness.
Smack right in the middle are the famous Momo, special Nepalese dumplings with unique blend of spices. First look and I saw our Chinese “siu loong pau” hehehe….
Bhuteko Bhatmas ~ crispy soya beans marinated in Nepalese spices. I simply LOVE this one and could not stop myself mouthful after mouthful. Trust me, this is a very addictive dish!
Momo in Nepal is available almost everywhere. Akin to our local mamak stalls, Nepal has Momo stalls. While we had the steamed Momo in the Snack Tasting Platter, we also tried the deep fried and pan fried momo.
The pan fried momo look similarly to Japanese gyoza don’t you think so? Verdict, I found that the steamed momo a bit too dry, not enough soup in it. As for the deep fried and pan fried, both to me is equally good. I would personal preference go for the pan fried momo.
Momo is made out of minced chicken, coriander, masala and garlic. Comes with two choice of dipping, one spicy and one not. No prizes to guess which dip I’ll go for – the spicy one.
The Chata Mari came beautifully presented like a fan on a platter. Chata Mari is actually Nepalese version of pizza. Think crust battered rice crepes topped with minced chicken, spring onions, tomatoes and egg. The base is very crispy. Similarly to our local “murtabak”, Chata Mari uses a lot of coriander. The taste is a bit bland to me but spread it with the spicy dip and it’s good!
Similar to the Chicken Chili that we had in the Snack Tasting Platter, this is the mutton version – Mutton Chili. Best to be eaten once served and while it’s still hot for we found that the meat harden after it cools down. As I’m still learning to acquire the taste of mutton, I had a tiny piece and found it not too bad. Mutton lovers would definitely like this
We also tried the Jhwol Maccha (Fish Curry). Using carp fish found in the rivers, this has a sourish taste, a spicy hint with tomato bits in it. The gravy is not thick and I found it almost similar to our local asam fish. Good to have this with a bowl of rice.
I learnt that Nepali like to enjoy their fish and will take their time eating this for carp fish contains a lot of bones. So you have to be patient while having this for you need to pick out the fish bones.
The next dish is beautiful ~ Farsi Ko Dal (Pumpkin Curry with Mutton Marrow). This is pumpkin curry. Have you heard of this curry before. My first time and I personally found that it’s too sweet for my liking. Am so used to having hot and spicy curries
Robin mentioned that this curry is cooked with timmur (a type of spice akin to Szechuan pepper) which will give you a tingling sensation but alas I could not feel it that night.
We ended the night having a typical Thali Set. A Thali Set is basically an individual’s set meal which consist of meat (chicken, lamb or vegetarian), rice, black bean daal, vegetables, chutneys and salad. I found that the black bean daal very interesting. I love black bean dessert which is sweet and black bean cooked this way to daal is unique to me. It’s not sweet by the way in this Thali Set
Nepalese cuisine can also be paired with some wines if you’re a wine lover or try their Shangri-lla, a special house drink, blend of red wine and fruits. Simply refreshing!
My verdict : Nepalese food is something that I can now put on my list of choices of what to have. Would definitely be back for more Momo and Bhuteko Bhatmas. Best is just order the Snack Tasting Platter <3
Restaurant Nepal – Himalayan Cuisine
F-0-6 Plaza Damas
60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
(T) 016 – 9770 718
Facebook : fb.com/RestaurantNepalKL