On a lazy rainy weekend, while downtown, we decided to stop for lunch in the Belachan Kitchen. This is a Malaysian & Thai restaurant on the second floor on Robson Street, occupying the space that was previously home to the Tropika.
It was quiet on this day, so were seated immediately near the window.
We started with a pork and chicken satay appetizer
This is pieces of boneless chicken and pork, marinated in coconut milk, garlic, curry powder, and sugar. Its skewered and grilled, served with a peanut sauce (made from ground peanuts, minced shallots, lemon grass, sugar and ginger) and pineapple pieces, and pickled cucumber.
This was very good satay. The meat was tender, meaty, and lightly charred, without being overcooked. The seasoning was on point, and the subtle flavors of the marinade accented the meat without overpowering it.
I ordered lunch combo of curry beef with hainanese rice
It came with a fried spring roll, and a pickled vegetables.
This was pretty good meal. The curried beef was tender and had a light curry flavor. The hainanese rice is white rice that’s been cooked in chicken stock, so it has a mild savory flavor. The spring roll was crispy and was stuffed with vermicelli noodles and vegetables. The (room temperature) pickled vegetables (consisting of cabbage, green beans, baby corn, carrots) are al dente, with a light acidic bite and little bit of a curried finish.
My lunch companion ordered the nasi goreng
This is a malaysian/indonesian style fried rice. It’s studded with prawns, scallions, shallots, garlic, sweet sausage, green beans, corn, green peas, seasoned with a sweet indonesian soy and a little sambal chili sauce. Finally it’s topped with a fried egg and some crispy prawn chips.
This was a good dish. The aromatic flavors were very bold. But, I found the soy seasoning on the rice a little too heavy.
The room was quite large, clean, bright and modern.
Our server was polite and attentive (by my double standard for restaurant service, this was pretty decent service for an asian restaurant).