Finally Delhi’s first all-Malaysian restaurant, JomJom is all dressed to impress.
With a peppy coloured rickshaw adorning the entrance. You enter a world that literally transforms into a bamboo shack. One wall is filled with murals, cheerful puppets all with Malay antecedents.
The restaurant is cosy with music playing in the background and a very courteous staff, always smiling and ready to help.
Being new to malaysian cuisine, the restaurant manager was with us at every step of the way. Beginning with making our very own spice mix ‘Sambal’ with fresh ingredients.
‘Sambal is a hot sauce typically made from a mixture of variety of chili peppers with secondary ingredients such as shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar or other vinegars’.
Since it was my first encounter with malaysian cuisine, the menu was explained to me :
Bao’s & Bites: A bao is a type of steamed, filled, bun or bread-like item which takes no time to be devoured.
Next up was the Satay Sampler, which is the best when it comes to Satay.
Satay, or sate is an Indonesian and Malay dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce and here it was served with the crunchy peanuts, peanut dip, papadum and a spicy cucumber salad called rojak. We also got a taste of how it is traditionally eaten with a flavourful curry (We got it on the side and it was delish).
No meal is complete without drinks, although the liquor license is still pending these mocktails are to die for. Refreshingly delicious. Watermelon and Mango flavour.
Murtabak or martabak, also mutabbaq, is a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread. Served with curry, fried onions, roasted peanuts and rojak. Crisped to perfection and tasty to the core. We were planning on eating one piece each but ended up devouring the whole thing. It was truly that good.
Next up, we had the Laksa – this is the epic Malaysian spicy coconut noodle soup, a must try, at least once in your life! The soup is rich, fragrant and a bit spicy, and loaded with all the 9 essential classic Laksa accompaniments:
Truly a wonderful dish, an absolute classic. Something you have never had before.
My bowl of laksa – An absolute comfort food.
Another classic addition to your food bucket list should be ‘Nasi Goreng’. Nasi Goreng is a traditional fried rice with prawns and chicken. Served with a fried egg , chicken satay and spicy sambal.
Last but not the least, we were treated to a delicious in house coconut cheesecake (Recommended by the restaurant staff) This delicately flavoured coconut cheesecake is mellow, flavourful and just the right kind of sweet. It is not very coconutty!
Our malaysian journey did not end here as we were treated to the best tea in the world!
Malaysian Pulled Tea – Teh Tarik, is a hot milk tea beverage with it’s name derived from the pouring process of “pulling” the drink during preparation.
The food at Jom Jom Malay is one of a kind, but no doubt it will have people ‘pulled’ back for more, just like Teh Tarik. Pretty sure people will be coming to this place for its new cuisine and very delicious food served with so much love.
Where: Ansal Plaza, August Kranti Marg, Hudco Place, Andrews Ganj Extension, Andrews Ganj, New Delhi, Delhi 110049
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Review Credit – Deviyani Srivastava
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