Ad | PR Sample*. Dapur Malaysia is a Malaysian restaurant in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. The owner, Valerie, grew up in Malaysia and is paying tribute to her mum with a menu full of handed down family recipes celebrating the Malaysian food culture. It’s a great option if you have any dietary requirements as they have a dish for every need: vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
The restaurant is only open three days a week (Thursday – Saturday) for dining in, collection and delivery. They also offer ready meals which you can order from anywhere in the country to have sent to your home to enjoy any time of the week. I was sent five ready meals with rice on the side to see me through a full week’s worth of dinner. They’re freezable so you could save them and eat whenever your Malaysian food cravings hit.
The ready meals that I tried were Butternut Squash & Chickpea Curry, Chicken in Lime Leaf Curry, Pork Curry, and Rendang (beef and jackfruit).
Butternut Squash & Chickpea Curry – Smooth creamy butternut squash and sweet potato which matches the earthiness of the chickpeas when paired with sweet, earthy spices. I am not a massive fan of butternut squash but I do love chickpeas so I enjoyed this curry. The sweetness in the spices balance out the earthy tones and makes a great option if you don’t eat meat.
Chicken in Lime Leaf Curry – A rich and creamy mild and tangy dish that is part of the Nyonya cuisine in Malaysia. The addition of kaffir lime leaves gives this dish a beautiful fragrance. I love chicken. It’s probably one of the best meats out there, if cooked well. I especially enjoyed this dish because of the citrus kick it gives. I love a tangy curry over a sweet dish.
Pork Curry – A hand me down recipe of stewed pork belly pieces in a spicy paste. Just like Valerie, this is my favourite dish. The meat is cooked to perfection and the flavours are perfectly married into a homely and heartwarming meal. I could eat it over and over.
Rendang – The Rendang is Dapur Malaysia’s best selling dish. You have four options here: Stewing steak / boneless chicken leg chunks / Jackfruit and Mixed Veg chunks in an aromatic paste of 18 different ingredients and braised in coconut milk, tamarind and seasoning. I tried the beef and the jackfruit option and the beef is my personal favourite of the two. The beef is nice and tender and has the right amount of sauce to cover all ingredients.
As much as I love a curry, it’s very rare that I order in one when I crave a takeaway. I find that they get really greasy, more so than in a restaurant. However, these ready meals are the perfect in-between. If you want to try ready meals with a bit more depth and lots of homemade love than those from a shop, this is the ultimate choice.
All dishes are available to buy and order from Dapur Malaysia’s Dapur at Home website. There’s a £20 minimum spend but if you spend £30 or more (easy), you get free delivery. Worth mentioning that I bought some mango chutney, coriander and garlic naans to have with the meals with my own money. The rice came as part of the meal deal.
Have you ever been to Dapur Malaysia, ordered in from them or tried any of their ready meals? Would you after reading this?
*PR sample. I was sent the ready meal dishes from Dapur Malaysia to try and share my experiences on the blog. All photos and views are my own.