John Torode checks into Nanyang Malaysian Restaurant at Quartermile

Nanyang Restaurant sits in the middle of Edinburgh’s Quartermile and is often referred to as one of Edinburgh’s ‘hidden gem’ restaurants. They serve quality Malaysian cuisine and authentic street food and their popularity has reached new heights with a visit recently from celebrity chef, John Torode.

John brought his whole film crew and called in following his recent visit to Malaysia. His latest programme is called ‘John’s Malaysian Adventure’ and follows John on his quest to find and explore the tastiest cuisine across Malaysian and celebrate the homestyle cooking that Malaysian restaurants like Nanyang offer today.

He was welcomed to the restaurant by owners May Ling and Chee Wei, who explained the variety of dishes available from Malaysian classics like Beef Rendang, Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, Kari Laksa, Ikan Bakar to popular appetisers like Siu Mai dumplings and Roti Canai. May was excited to be included in production and chatted with John in the kitchen as they both prepared a few dishes for John to taste and compare.

May said: “It was great to chat to John about his experiences in Malaysia and it’s good to see that Malaysian cuisine and its importance on the restaurant scene has the respect it deserves.”

Malaysian food is an interesting mix of influences from Chinese, Indian, Thai to Indonesian and traditional Malay. Edinburgh residents and tourists cannot get enough of this delicious cuisine and as Quartermile develops further as the place to be in Edinburgh’s centre, it may not be a ‘hidden gem’ for much longer.

John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure series, which includes their feature on Nanyang Restaurant, starts on 11th January 2016, week nights at 8pm on the Good Food channel.

Check out behind the scenes of his tour here:

Jon Exton