(Hong Kong, 23 August 2019) Created by Meraki Hospitality Group, the team behind popular eateries Uma Nota and BEDU; new neighbourhood kitchen and bar, JALAN is celebrating the delicious diversity of Malaysian street food.
Meaning ‘street’ in Malay, JALAN will open in late September, embodying the best destination dining of Malaysia; ‘mamak’ food stalls, bustling ‘pasar malam’ night markets and coffee or ‘kopitiam’ shops. Guests can expect to taste Malaysia’s melting pot of cuisine that bubbles with Chinese, Indian and Malay influences on its hawker-style menu.
Now overseeing the culinary development of both JALAN and BEDU, Meraki Hospitality Executive Chef Corey Riches will work closely with JALAN Head Chef Saumitra Suryavanshi on a menu which showcases a culmination of both chefs’ experiences and backgrounds. While Chef Saumitra brings his Indian roots and time in Malaysia to the table, Chef Corey adds his distinctive approach to Asian cuisine into the dishes.
Food & Drinks
Upholding Malaysia’s reputation for unabashed and often explosive flavour, JALAN’s menu features a series of smaller and larger plates that make use of deeply-layered dishes such as rendang, satay and laksa, as well as spicy sambal sauces in punchy and playful takes on beloved classics.
Smaller highlights include Beef Rendang Samosa (HK$90) whichtakes the Malaysian curry puff as inspiration to combine Indian and Chinese cuisines in a crispy samosa, filled with the succulent coconut beef stew.
Another is based on not one, but two popular Malaysian dishes. The LFC Laksa Fried Chicken (HK$135) infuses meaty chicken thighs with Peranakan coconut curry paste, before it is deep fried and topped with more laksa sauce.
Plates designed to share include the Black Pepper Eggplant (HK$125), which is inspired by the ever-popular black pepper crab. Here, the eggplant soaks up warm spices and smoky flavours and is served with a zesty herb salad to add crunch. Groups can also choose Jalan “Satay” Chicken (HK$130) with peanuts, coriander and homemade pickles or an aromatic Coconut Roasted Prawn Curry (HK$195) with green chilli and turmeric, which pairs perfectly with the flaky Malaysian flatbread, Roti Canai (HK$30).
To finish, the Pandan Custard Doughnuts (HK$80) for dessert takes on Southeast Asia's vanilla, or pandan leaf, in the form of mini doughnuts filled with rich pandan custard, and dusted with fragrant coconut sugar.
Drinks are dedicated to the decade of disco, and guests can sip on the Heart of Pisco (HK$95), a cocktail made with a refreshing mix of the Peruvian brandy, Melonade, kumquat and lime; or the exotic Masala Mule (HK$85) a spice journey through gin, turmeric honey, ginger beer, lemon and homemade pepper bitters. Aditionally, a short-list of 70s classic cocktails revived the JALAN way will be available at pocket friendly prices ($60-75) early evening and for the night owls, out for a “for a good time, not a long time”. The eclectic wine list spans the globe and offers reds, whites, rosés and bubbles by the bottle and glass.
Set in a 1970’s Borneo-inspired space of laid-back leafy greens and vibrant colours, the new restaurant plays homage to the era with vintage Malay-pop tunes, offering great music and even better vibes, inspired by the local music scene and psychedelic rock movement.
Just two doors down from sister restaurant Uma Nota in the heart of SoHo’s Peel Street, JALAN will welcome guests for dinner, across bar seating and one long communal Hawker table, encouraging social dining between friends, old and new. While their private Disco Fever Room allows more intimate settings for groups.
Colourful, cozy, and welcoming, JALAN is a true reflection of modern Malaysian cuisine and offers maximum fun and flavour with minimal fuss.
Customers can sign up for the JALAN soft-launch for a chance to have 20% off the bill via www.jalanhk.com.
Sunday to Wednesday:
Lunch 12pm-3pm (kitchen last order – 2.45pm) from October
Dinner 6pm-10.45pm inclusive (kitchen last order)/11.45pm inclusive (bar last order)
Thursday to Saturday:
Lunch 12pm-3pm (kitchen last order – 2.45pm) from October
Dinner 6pm-11.45pm inclusive (kitchen last order)/12.45am inclusive (bar last order)
Black Pepper Eggplant
Chilli Braised Beef Short Rib
About Meraki Hospitality Group
Meraki Hospitality Group is a Hong Kong-based company founded in 2018 by brother and sister duo Alexis & Laura Offe. Having grown up in Hong Kong where street food culture is cherished and widely celebrated, they are passionate about exploring rich culinary traditions that are representative of everyday life across generations and are intent on bringing them to life in modern yet approachable ways for today’s diners.
Hong Kong’s first Brazilian-Japanese street food restaurant Uma Nota opened in 2017, a nod to the botecos of Brazil and long history of Japanese migration to São Paulo. In 2018, following the success of Uma Nota Hong Kong, Meraki Hospitality Group opened Uma Nota Paris introducing Nipo-Brasileiro cuisine to the Parisian dining scene.
Soon after, BEDU opened in 2018 on Gough Street, Central. The cosy Middle Eastern restaurant and bar showcases the region’s diverse street food culture, local and seasonal produce in a modern twist, unique to Central Hong Kong. Adding to the Meraki Hospitality offering, 2019 sees the opening of JALAN and celebrates the delicious diversity of Malaysian street food, right in the heart of SoHo.
The concepts are unpretentious, open-minded, and lively, qualities which are reflected in their design, the food and drinks. Meraki is about uniting groups of like-minded people through a community of locals, travellers and the team. With each new idea, Alexis and Laura seek a connection to the soul of the cuisine, reinterpreted through the lens of a creative edge and a love of food and culinary traditions.
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