Roti King, King’s Cross, London
If you’re looking for the most authentic Malaysian cuisine in London, you can find it at Roti King at King’s Cross. Everything about this place is screaming authentic. Including the queue and the table service. The crowded setup and heat of the kitchen is found at many a hawker centre over in the East.
I had been wanting to try Roti King for some time now, the only other Malaysian I’ve done is Rasa Sayang. There’s already a line of keen diners when we arrive, so its fortuitous that we already have a friend in the queue. Something worth considering as it could have been around twenty minutes standing on a cold London day.
Once you get inside, the seasons do a full 180 degrees. It’s a bright venue at Roti King with a cocktail of smells emancipating from the compact kitchen, onto the compact dining area. They really do squeeze the most out of these tables, so finding a comfortable spot is another challenge entirely. If there was one less-than-proper thing, it’s that food isn’t fast. It’s a busy night and the dishes arrive as they are done, the rotis ending up at the back. It’s not a problematic wait, but it’s the kind of place I’d prefer to do a dine and dash.
We ordered everything. Well, almost. We had three serves of the roti canai with curry chicken (£6.50), the beef rendang (£7.50), the Cantonese ho fun (£7.00) and the Nasi goreng (£7.00). I enjoyed everything. The redang has a fragrant coconut tone to it and the meat is melt in your mouth as slow cooked meat should be. The nasi goreng was even better than I thought, the savoury soy notes make it so delectable. My parents would approve of the ho fun. The eggy sauce surrounds perfectly scorched flat noodles.
I haven’t decided what my favourite dish from Roti King is. The roti is pretty kicking. You can watch them make it at the front of the restaurant, with lots of dough slapping and oil basting. That makes for a fluffy scrunch of flatbread that goes oh-so-well with the curry. I wasn’t so enamoured with the curry accompaniment, was more plain tasting. We ordered way too much on this night so our next visit will see us sticking to one entree/side and one main max.