Operating for just over a year Uncle Jim Malaysian Kitchen in Mosman has made it through the first year and still appears bustling and well settled into the area as a staple family lunch or dinner venue. From what I can find online Uncle Jim has been cooking for years and started in Penang and has cooked an consulted all over the world including Petaling Street and Sedap in Malaysia.
A month ago I attended the Taste of Sydney Food Festival in Sydney and the fine folks from Dimmi Australia, the online restaurant reservation ap, had this amazing perspex box you could enter and feed butterflies, it was meant to represent getting butterflies again on your first date and we got to hold amazing butterflies and also feed them with a honey, sugar water soaked sponge that they sucked from, was a great experience, I did this with the lovely Tammi from Tea for Tammi (previously Insatiable Munchies). Dimmi had this cool thing that if you took a pic in the box, posted it and tagged them and then downloaded the ap they would give you $50 credit to use at a restaurant – guess where I spent my $50 voucher on Sunday? My meal at Uncle Jim Malaysian Kitchen came to $49. Thanks to the folks at Dimmi and Uncle Jim!!
On a small side note, if you like to eat out, add the Dimmi Ap to your phone – so quick to make a booking, deets emailed to you – hassle free! And if you use the Dimmi ap to book four times and review those four venues on the ap/website then Dimmi will give you a $50 voucher to redeem at selected restaurants around Sydney, just like I did 🙂
The venue is welcoming, intimate, and suited to singles, couples and families, I sat near the front of the store by myself but a large Malaysian family of about a dozen or more people were having a larger banquet towards the back. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the restaurant has the BEST menus I have seen so far in my food journeying. On nearly every page they have the recipe for the dish being advertised, they are full books with colour images of the dishes so you know what you are getting and the better part, the back of each menu has a comments section like BnBs – you can fill in your thoughts at the back of the menu – I had a great time reading the near-on twenty reviews written in the back, the promising part, not one negative review in my menu!!
I ordered two entrees, a main and a Malaysian tea for $49. First off I had the chicken satay skewers, three of them with a bowl of satay dipping sauce for $8.80. The skewers were no Hoy Pinoy but the chicken was well cooked and the satay sauce was divine, a real strong peanutty flavour Jim should sell bottled.
I followed this with the Penang Lobak, this was two crispy pork rolls ($9). Now I did enjoy them but to me they were basically a pork sausage in a crispy outer coating, this is the dish from the pic at the top of the article, I found the end of the coating crispy but overall it was not hugely crispy. After the divine sate dipping sauce I was a little disappointed that the dipping sauce for this was a bowl of sweet chilli sauce, lucky for me there was lots of that satay sauce in a bowl still on the table.
From here came out the main, it was delightfully mother bloody hot. I got the Chilli Jam Spare Ribs for $20.80. I do not eat rice as I try to stay as paleo as I can but this dish needed rice to soak up the heat. The vegetable accompaniment was onions, capsicum some baby corn and lettuce garnish and this dish was so hot, my internal organs started melting, it was nothing on the Firewater Beef or Szechuan Chicken from Spice Temple, two dishes that tried to kill me, no shit – I could not have one spoon of these, but it has been a while since I went a hot chilli dish. I think I needed a bowl of greens with it to break up the heat but if I ate rice this would have been perfect.
Lucky for me I broke my Teh Tarik virginity, this is the Malaysian National drink that is a black tea that is sweet and has had the milk pulled during pouring. This means the milk is pulled between two vessels from height repeatedly to give it a bubbly frothy consistency. It was lovely and it cooled the chilli but, for me, it was way too sweet (this healthy paleo thing has ruined my sweet taste buds :)).
The restaurant is suitable for the entire family and has a wide variety of dishes – when writing a review of this establishment I made one huge mistake, something I swore I wouldn’t do, I failed to order their signature dish, their Hainenese Chicken, I truly wish I had ordered this over the chilli, the dishes I had I felt were over flavoured, too sweet or too chilli. While the dishes I had were enjoyable they never screamed superb at me, my favourite part of the entire meal was the satay dipping sauce and that is not ideal. I will return to this place this year because I need to try the Hainenese Chicken and based on the reviews I have read, the place is full of divine flavours. On my next visit I also think I will enjoy it with a group of friends, to be able to share four meals would make for a much more enjoyable experience.