There are over 40 ethnics in Nepal but not many people has tasted the dishes by the Thakali ethnic! It is said that one can hardly find a restaurant in Nepal itself that serve Thakali dishes and the only time you could taste it is from a homecook meal. In other words, Thakali recipes are usually a family recipe which is passed down from generation to generations. I am privileged to be able to have a taste of the Thakali flavours here in Malaysia, in Restaurant Nepal to be precise. The restaurant is located in Plaza Damas. They serve Nepalese Cuisine in general and even include a few Thakali dishes in the menu.
While waiting for the rest of our dinner mates to arrive, we had some aromatic imported Nepalese tea. Nepali Chyaa is a type of traditional Nepalese Masala milk tea. There’s a mild herb fragrance in it but not overpowering the flavour of the tea. The Kagati Chyaa is the traditional Nepalese lemon tea. Very subtle tea flavour and you could taste the distinct of it against our local red tea.
The rest arrived and ordered the Lassi (Mango and Banana) and Shangri-La. Both the Lassi were really good as they use natural yoghurt mixed with fresh fruit puree which is made fresh daily. The Shangri-la on the other hand is their house special drink made with a blend of red wine and fruits. Love how they manage to preserve the crunchiness of the shredded apples here.
Dinner kickstart with the Snack Platter which comes with:
Bhuteko Bhatmas – crispy soy beans marinated in Nepalese spices
Chicken Chili – tastes like sweet and sour chicken! Very Chinese!
Momo – steamed chicken dumplings with special blend of spices
Aloo Silam -boiled potatoes marinated with redo onion and Silam, unique Nepalese herb
Mushroom peas and Nepalese salad.
This snack platter is a must have when you’re here and it’s recommended for sharing especially when you dine in here with family and friends. They have almost everything Nepalese you need to know in a plate.
The Momo is Nepalese special chicken dumplings with special blend of spices. There are choices of steamed, deep-fried or pan-fried. Exactly like the Chinese guo tie minus the shape.
Thakali Thali Khana is a traditional Thali rice set which comes with black or red bean dal, Nepalese Curry, curry vegetables, green spinach, chutneys and salad. There are 3 types of Thakali Khana set to choose from:
- Kukhurako Masu Bhat (RM15) – Thali rice set with Nepalese Curry Chicken
- Khasiko Masu Bhat – Thali rice set with Nepalese Curry Lamb
- Saag Sabji Ra Bhat – Vegetarian Thali set with Nepalese Curry Vegetables
If this is your first time trying out Nepalese cuisine, you will enjoy it as much as we do. There’s so much familiarities in flavours and aroma than it seems. Take the Chowmein for example, it is like our usual Chinese fried noodles and only difference is that its taste is milder and eaten with Nepali sauce.
The Chatamari is a type of Nepali pizza but more familiar to us as omelets or pancakes per se. The batter is made of rice flour and topped with minced chicken, spring onions, tomatoes and egg.
The Farsi Ko Dal with Mutton is very much a passed down family recipe. From its appearance, it looked like your ordinary lamb shank. But, this Nepali version of lamb shank is made of Mutton Bone-Marrow in a bed of creamy and rich pumpkin curry. Very aromatic from the Nepalese spices used here.
The tender yet succulent Chicken Skewers were one of my favourite. Not many people are fans of breast meat but this one is done perfectly! The chicken is not too dry and very juicy! Very appetising with lime juice drizzled over it. A must have!
Tawa Maccha is grilled fish marinated with blend of herbs and served with Nepali salad on the side. Malaysians would love this as this is similar to our Ikan Bakar.
Spicy Thukpa is a type of Nepalese soup noodle dish. They use our local noodle and cooked it in Nepalese spicy curry. The Curry is made of Nepalese chilli which has a quick spicy effect but doesn’t stay long in the mouth. It’s like pepper spicy. A hearty and delicious spicy noodle soup.
Sewai (right) is vermicelli pudding cooked in milk & coconut cream. Kheer (left) is rice pudding cooked in milk, bay leaves & clover. These Nepalese desserts looks like breakfast to me! I personally like the Sewai more and goes very well with the raisins and almond bits in it. The Kheer on the other hand seems too heavy as it contains rice in it. Therefore, if you’d like to enjoy the desserts to the fullest, be sure to leave some empty space for ‘em.
Nepalese Cuisine is very new to me and to sum it all up, it’s like a combination of Chinese Cuisine and Indian herbs. Throughout dinner, our tastebuds were intrigued by the familiar taste yet a new experience of an authentic Nepalese cuisine. Definitely coming back again for more Nepali #nomnom. Love the Momo much!
P/S: The Restaurant provides vegetarian options including the Momo! If you’re very vegan and you don’t take garlic and onions, it’s best to inform them an hour before arrival. That way they can prepare accordingly. Otherwise, you can request upon ordering for vegetarian options. Hope this clarifies
Restaurant Nepal – Himalayan Cuisine
F-0-6, Plaza Damas,
60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1,
50480, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 6206 3904
Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 3pm; 6pm – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 11:30am – 10pm
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