What: Sambal Shiok's economy rice takeaway (Final name TBC)
In a nutshell: Takeaway rice boxes in Holloway
Summing it all up: Sambal Shiok in Holloway has been a huge success, with the warming bowls of laksa being a big draw in Holloway and beyond. Now owner Mandy Yin expands next door with a takeaway serving up affordable Malaysian rice boxes.
Late last year we saw pizza slingers Zia Lucia opening a brand new restaurant next door to their original restaurant on Holloway Road. Now, just a few doors down, Sambal Shiok is doing the same. Right beside the Sambal Shiok, they're opening a new "economy rice" takeaway shop. They're looking to serve "home-style comfort food from the heart, cooked fresh, daily".
After the success of Sambal Shiok and its popular Malaysian laksa, this is the next step for Sambal Shiok owner Mandy Yin. It goes right back to how she started out, serving out lunchtime rice boxes at street food markets, all inspired by economy rice eateries in Malaysia.
We can expect mainly plant-based dishes, although there will be some dishes with eggs and a few with meat. Expect stir-fries, braises and curries too including "Malaysian chicken curry with potatoes, greens stir-fried with chilli and bean paste" and "soy-braised chicken with honey and ginger". The rice boxes will be around the £5 mark, enough for a meal for one (although they'll be able to prepare larger sharing boxes too) which is bound to go down well with students at the City & Islington College nearby.
Here's what Mandy herself has to say:
My mission in life is to introduce as many people as possible to Malaysian food. I think I have done my job with laksa, now it is the turn of Economy Rice with its wide variety of hearty Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes resulting in an endless combination of flavours going on in one meal. It is exactly the food I want to have when I finish work. Food that my mum would cook for me, but that I don't have to cook myself. I want to feed people a convenient but highly nutritious balanced meal, at an affordable cost.
Where is it? 169 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX
When does it open? March/ April 2019
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