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Malaysian Hawker, Cambridge Forum

Malaysian Hawker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Following on from the last post, we decided to have Malaysian for our main course.

Malaysian Hawker has quite an extensive range of traditional and authentic Malaysian favourites.


We chose beef rendang, a really thick and delicious coconut curry that cooks for ages so the beef is really tender. This was quite a nice version, but the meat could have been trimmed a bit better. the flavour was amazing but there were a few fatty pieces in there.


We also chose char kway teow which was as good as any ckt that you would find in Malaysia or Singapore. It had the nice smoky wok burn flavour which I love. I ate some before I took the picture, so this is not representative  of portion size.


We also ordered Lo Bak, a beautiful pork and prawn dish in a beancurd wrapper which is steamed and then deep fried resulting in a crispy sausage type dish, then sliced into bite sized morsels. This was very good and quite a meaty version, served with sliced crispy tofu and a dipping sauce.


I really enjoyed my visit to Cambridge Forum and would definitely recommend the stalls that I visited.


Wembley Dim Sum, Cambridge Forum

Wembley Dim Sum Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In the middle of Cambridge Street nestled between Alexander Street and Simper Street is Cambridge Forum – a hawker centre with curries, Malaysian, dumplings, dim sum and French food. There’s also a fab drinks stall that can whip up a chendol in no time.

This is a fairly short blog post because we chose some food from Wembley Dim Sum for a starter, so I only have two dishes to review, but if you look at the next page, you’ll see the review for Hawker’s Delight, a Malaysian food stall.



So, you go and order your dim sum and they give you a little flag for the table, then when it’s ready, somebody delivers it to your table.

We chose siu mai, a pork and prawn dumpling and they were the biggest siu mai we had ever seen, very tasty too. We also chose crab claws, probably not really traditional dim sum, but definitely a favourite and very enjoyable.


Both came with nice dipping sauces – chilli oil and sweet chilli. Yum.

Now here’s a pic of the marvellous chendol from the drinks bar. With green rice flour jelly and red beans, it was really good.



Midsummer House Cambridge

Midsummer House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Midsummer House is a 2 Michelin Star restaurant right by the river on Midsummer Common in the heart of Cambridge. I first visited in 2005 and had the most amazing meal. Ten years later I was interested to see if the standard was the same.


The restaurant has Daniel Clifford as it’s head chef and he certainly puts his heart and soul into every dish. The staff know every aspect of every dish and they are quirky and entertaining, adding jokes and theatre to make the diner feel both relaxed and special.

We were treated to 4 canapes – each one exquisite in its own right and accompanied by a glass of bubbles from the champagne trolley. The staff also mentioned my dairy intolerance and adapted the dishes so that cream and butter were kept to a minimum.

Canapes included an ash roasted beetroot marshmallow with dried yoghurt crisps, a potato souffle (like a crisp potato shell) with a sour cream and lime jelly, a canneloni stood in a dish of cardamom seeds with a compote of duck and cardamom cream, a Bloody Mary foam with a celery sorbet and a piece of lamb shoulder in a crispy tempura batter with mint mayonnaise.

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We chose the seven course degustation and the first of the courses was smoked haddock, a crisp potato shell, pickled onion and caviar. This was  a beautiful combination of smoky, sour and salty with no accent being overpowering.


Second course was Celeriac baked on open coals which one of the chefs brought to the table and carved open, scooping out the tender celeriac flesh and dressing the dish with two types of hollandaise – one at room temperature and one frozen with liquid nitrogen, hazelnut, celery and wood sorrel.

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Item three was a roast quail with a tempura smoked quail’s egg, shallot puree, grapes, celery and sourdough crouton.

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Then came the star of the menu. The signature sauteed scallop with Granny Smith, celeriac and truffle puree. The scallop was amazingly soft and delicately flavoured and an absolute treat.


The fifth and final main course was a roast glazed duck breast, with canneloni, fig, dill and fennel puree. All elements of this dish worked really well and I loved every mouthful.


The pre-dessert was aerated lychee, mango and lime. A tropical treat for the senses.


The main dessert was a Marquise of blackberry and pear with a delicate and sublime pastis crisp. This dessert had the real wow factor.


This was followed by beignets with cream and chocolate


And a few chocolates from the chocolate trolley (yes they have a chocolate trolley).


I chose a sage chocolate and a dark passion fruit chocolate.


We also chose a bottle of Meltwater Sauvignon Blanc which had a perfect gooseberry and pinapple bouquet.

Midsummer House is a place to book for a special occasion and every course will delight you and awaken your senses – yes I could not fault the venue, the amazingly knowledgeable and entertaining staff and the exquisite presentation. Three Michelin stars is on the horizon for this beautiful establishment.

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