紅蘿蔔 hóng luó bo = "red radish" = carrot
白蘿蔔 bái luó bo = "white radish" = daikon radish
蘿蔔糕 luó bo gāo = "radish cake" = turnip cake, a.k.a. carrot cakeI am used to eating turnip cake simply sliced and fried, maybe dipped into chilli and soy sauce. But I enjoy it in other ways too, like in the Malaysian version at Selera, an eatery in Newmarket we have been frequenting on and off for years. There, it is fried with egg, soy sauce, mung bean sprouts, and spring onions in a delightfully spicy mixture.
|Soft cubes of fried turnip cake, egg and vegetables in a salty, spicy sauce.|
|Vegetable laksa and mee goreng.|
The eatery feels more pleasant now that the footpath outside has been upgraded, and the redesigned menu which came out last month is easier on the eye too. Our only complaint would be that the chopsticks left in a holder on the table are prone to feeling sticky. This can be off-putting, but rest assured that Selera has an "A" food grade rating, and nothing untoward has happened to us yet. We're not letting this minor detail get between us and good food anyway.
Mains: Mee Goreng ($13.00), Carrot Cake ($13.00), Curry Laksa Noodle ($14.00). We have yet to try everything, so there are no doubt other great choices.
Avoid the Selera tofu ($7.00) or the Spring Rolls ($5.50), unless you like generic sweet and sour sauce.
Oh, this is a tough one. Malaysians love to use shrimps in their cooking, and you will find it in the lemak sayur (vegies in coconut milk, $19.00) as well as sambal anything. Mix Vegetables with Garlic ($19.00) would be safe, but boring. The Vegetable Laksa Noodle ($14) is great, but I haven't checked the ingredients.
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Selera Malaysian Cafe
487 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Auckland
(09) 520 7977
Mondays to Sundays 11:30am - 10pm
|Selera is on the corner of Khyber Pass Road and Osbourne Street.|
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