Chef Mom - Malaysian Home Delivery

Chef Mom - https://www.facebook.com/chefmomsa

On The Chopping Board (OTCB) was invited to try Chef Mom, a Malaysian food delivery service. All food was provided on behalf of Chef Mom. Chef Mom started as a mum who loves to cook for her kids and family and since moving to Adelaide from Malaysia, this mum and her family missed her mum's Malaysian cooking so much, she decided to share this passion for family, cooking and Malaysian food with the wider Adelaide community. We were very happy they did, as the feast we were provided one lunch time was a wonderful meal to sit down to with your family and friends to enjoy, just as mum would like!

Our Malaysian Lunch
Malaysian chicken Satay (12 skewers) served with cucumber, onion and sauce $18
The Malaysian Chicken Satay is always a great starter and this one with the sides of cucumber, onion, rice and sauce is the complete starter all in one. The chicken were thinly wrapped around the skewers and were well spiced and had a nice grilled outer. These skewers had that street food feel to them, and dipping them in the peanut sauce for a bit of extra flavour brought back memories of time spent in Kuala Lumpur.

Nasi Lemak with coconut rice with curry or fried chicken $25
Nasi Lemak is one of those traditional Malaysian dishes that sets the scene for how good a Malaysian meal will be. In Malaysia, it's a breakfast dish, but here we are, eating it for lunch! The rice is rich and creamy, with a slight fragrance from the pandan. The okra are a nice addition along with the other traditional elements, including that great crunch from the peanuts.

Turmeric Fried Chicken
The Turmeric Chicken is sometimes served as a side to Nasi Lemak, and we approached it like that at lunch. Some say it's the Malaysian equivalent of KFC, but that's not doing it any justice. The chicken was crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The coating is thick and wonderful, giving you a kick of curry flavour in every bite. We'll just have a platter of these and a few Tiger beers and be set for the day.

Chicken Curry
The chicken curry was our favourite, so tender and full of flavour thanks to many hours of herbs and spices infusing through the chicken and producing a well developed sauce with a nice hit of heat. Plenty of sauce is provided which is just what you need to spoon over the fluffy white rice accompaniment. This dish is the one dish on any delivery menu that you order every single time as it's that good.

Ondeh Ondeh (20 pieces) $10
Ondeh Ondeh are little sweet balls, infused with pandan juice and filled with palm sugar and then rolled with some fresh grated coconut. These little balls are quite sweet, as you bite into them, the palm sugar is softer than you expect, and that hit of sweet sugar took us by surprise. We can see why these are loved, they are sweet, with a chewy texture, and the fresh coconut adds a layer of flavour and contrasting texture. A great little delight to have in the afternoon with a cup of tea.

Pink - Kuih Lapis (1 tray) $26
White - Kuih Talam (pandan & coconut layered cake) (1 tray) $22
Kuih Dar Dar (pandan crepes) (12 pieces) $22 (back)

Malaysian desserts are not something we have had the chance to enjoy often, however we have had a version of the pandan crepes at Poh's Jamface stall at the Adelaide Central Market. These ones, a little thicker and filled with a grated coconut soaked in Gula Melaka (a Malaysian palm sugar) were sweet in the centre with the coconut still retaining it's texture. An easy fuss free finger food dessert!

With so many sweets provided we were able to share them with our fellow office colleagues. If empty trays are anything to go by they were quite the hit!

Chef Mom is a great idea to bring traditional Malaysian food into the homes of Adelaide families, couples and friends wanting to share in a delightful meal. It's just like having a home cooked meal but without the countless hours in the kitchen and even provides the opportunity to try some Malaysian dishes you may not have had a chance to enjoy before. Check out Chef Mom's Facebook page for further details.

A big thank you to Chef Mom for our lunch and we wish them all the best in this new venture.

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