Dapur Malaysia, Unit 1, 5 Stainbeck Ln, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PJ – Visit Now
Based in Chapel Allerton in Leeds, Dapur Malaysia serves up home-cooked South East Asian cuisine, with influences from Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures. Owner Valerie grew up in Malaysia and launched the restaurant as a tribute to her mother, using cooking as a form of therapy and a way to make something beautiful out of the nostalgia of their favourite dishes.
As it’s March 2021, an in-person visit to this undeniably attractive-looking restaurant is a few months off but happily, the dishes can be delivered to your door. I ordered a hefty box full of South-East Asian cuisine, featuring a South Indian pork curry, beef rendang, chicken in lime leaf curry, jackfruit rendang and a butternut squash, sweet potato and chickpea curry, plus two big tubs of steamed jasmine rice.
The jackfruit is an ideal alternative for vegetarians and vegans, paired with deliicous chunks of sweet potato
First up, the rendang dishes. These deliver an impressive kick, all dark, potent spices and a warm heat that doesn’t burn but certainly raises your metabolism a couple of notches. The beef is beautifully prepared, soft nuggets of meat that make the perfect match for the spicy sauce. The jackfruit is an ideal alternative for vegetarians and vegans, coming with sweet potato chunks – both proteins hold the sauce as good as any meat. There’s the right amount of sauce too – it isn’t a bowl of liquid by any means, just enough to coat all the ingredients, with an unbeatable coconut flavour underpinning it all, thanks to the 19-ingredient-strong paste used as the base.
The pork curry has a more homely feel, the kind you can imagine passed down through generations. This consists of belly pork, stewed in a unique mix of tamarind and spices, with an unmistakable tangy tartness. This is wonderfully matched with the vegan butternut squash, sweet potato and chickpea curry, which has an earthy, sweet taste, packed full of hearty, healthy ingredients. It’s the kind of meal you could eat for lunch every day for an energising pick-me-up.
Open your tastebuds to a new world of South-East Asian cuisine, each more moreish than the last
Finally, the chicken in lime leaf curry is the most memorable of the lot. It delivers an intense citrus kick, weaved in with aromas of lemongrass, tamarind and kaffir lime leaves. It’s a complex dish and wonderfully satisfying, and could only be matched with the gentle subtle taste of the slightly-sticky jasmine rice.
If you’re tired of the same old takeaways and want to sample something with a little more depth and culture, Dapur Malaysia is the ideal choice. For the typical diner, this will open your tastebuds to a new world of South-East Asian cuisine, each more moreish than the last. Simply place your order at the website below, and allow three days for the delivery of the most exciting food we’ve tasted from Leeds in the past 12 months.