Sedap is a small neighbourhood restaurant along London’s Old Street, offering Chinese-Malaysian cuisine. With a well-priced weekday lunch menu, it was a good budget choice for meeting up with a friend who works nearby.

The space is small and has an informal cafe vibe. Service is efficient and helpful.

Priced at £7.80, the lunch menu gives a choice of four starters, vegetarian spring roll, sweetcorn soup, kerabu vegetable salad or crispy chicken skin and then your choice of beef, chicken of vegetable dish from the regular menu, served with steamed or egg fried rice. You can choose prawn, duck or fish main dishes for £1 more.


I loved my choice of crispy chicken skin, a chicken version of pork scratchings, served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.

But I was surprised at at the very tiny size of the spring roll served to my friend. Two bites, and that’s if you’re being dainty!


My lemak prawn curry was decent, but packed too much chilli heat for me. Nice flavours though, reminding me of Thai coconut curries. My friend enjoyed her beef rendang. Again, portions were on the small side, though reasonable for a weekday lunch.


Afterwards, my friend and I shared a portion of Nyonya Kui (£2) (traditional Malaysian desserts) and I absolutely loved both the gelatinous, chewy offerings.

Were I looking for food in the area, I might visit again, but this isn’t a place I’d make a special trip for, even though the food was (so I’ve been told) a decent representation of the cuisine.

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  2 Responses to “Sedap: Chinese-Malay in Old Street”

  1. I bet it did not compare to John and Margaret’s Chinese Malaysian cooking ;-)!

  2. Chinese Malaysian is my favourite cuisine, but as you say, hard to find it done well. The kueh looked nice – I love the green pandang one!

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