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Kampung Ali (CLOSED)

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Big bowls of spicy, noodle-packed Malaysian soups, and a taste of Kuala Lumpur’s thriving cuisine

The curry laksa soup here is filed under a section of the menu called ‘Big Bowl’ - and they’re not messing around when they say it’s big.

For £6.30, steaming troughs of slippery noodles, prawns, chicken pieces, tofu, bean sprouts and Surimi sticks come in bottomless quantities (they’re brilliant value, but possibly a struggle to finish for the average stomach). The moist, buttery roti canai flatbreads, served with a thin curry dipping sauce (£3.50) generally steal the show, and are hard not to order at every single visit. Dry curries like their beef rendang are a speciality, as is the national dish of Malaysia, nasi lemak - sticky coconut rice, chicken curry, spicy peanut sambal sauce and egg, which is traditionally eaten at breakfast time (lunchtime will have to do for Edinburgh as they don’t open up here ‘til noon).

Plastic, lit-up souvenirs of Kuala Lumpur’s Twin Towers decorate the shelves behind the bar, with clusters of green pot plants and bright photos of tropical fruit bowls brightening the small, busy room. Not to be confused with sister restaurant Kampung Ah Lee, tucked away on Clerk Street.

Written by Claire Sawers


97-101 Fountainbridge
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