Nasi lemak, considered the national dish of Malaysia, often has its origins debated with its neighbouring countries and with good reason.
Directly translated from Malay as “fat rice”, it is a rich and fragrant dish typically comprised of rice cooked in coconut milk, sambal, fried anchovies, peanuts, and boiled egg.
But what if you took this already fatty food, top it with a bunch of cheese, and baked it? To me, the idea of it is already starting to make my mouth water.
I definitely had to try this dish for myself, so I made a trip down to We Fusion Restaurant at Gala City.
Signature oven-baked spaghetti/rice menu
We Fusion Restaurant offers many of the usual Western dishes like Chicken Chop as well as Asian dishes like Mee Siam and Nasi Lemak.
But it is their cheesy baked menu that seems to be what brings customers back again and again. If you sit down at their restaurant, you’re likely to see the oven-baked meals at almost every table.
There are two steps to their signature oven-baked menu. First, you choose what kind of meat you want for your meal. Optionally, you can pick mushrooms or corn instead, but that is at the bottom of the menu.
Next, you’re going to want to pick what kind of sauce you want. There are six sauces to choose from:
- Hawaiian style
- Thai style
- Twin sauce (white cream sauce with Italian red sauce)
- Sarawak laksa
- Curry style
- Nasi lemak style
Lastly, it is time to choose whether you want rice or spaghetti. Technically, it is totally possible to order Sarawak laksa rice and nasi lemak spaghetti. (Or is it called spageti lemak at that point?)
Cheesy baked nasi lemak & mushroom soup
I ordered the cheesy baked nasi lemak with grilled slice smoked duck along with cream of mushroom soup to share.
The mushroom soup arrived first along with a piece of French baguette, which was quite hard and did have a bit of garlic spread on it.
Even though the soup is described as a fresh mushroom blended broth puree, I was thinking that it would be like the instant soup that you typically get at most Western restaurants in Kuching.
But the menu did not lie, as it is immediately apparent on first taste that it is freshly made using real mushrooms.
It had a rich, savoury, and creamy taste. Its texture was thick and only a little chunky due to the blended mushrooms.
My friends were so impressed by the soup that they even took home four portions of it for their families to enjoy.
As I was busy eating the soup, I did not notice how long the cheesy baked nasi lemak took to get to the table, but the menu does say it should take about 20 minutes.
I originally expected just cheese and duck on top of plain nasi lemak, so I was surprised to see that there was a decent portion of sambal, peanuts, broccoli, and even a half-boiled egg.
The entire dish is served in a dim sum style bamboo steamer basket. It is quite a big portion, perfect for about two people to share.
On first bite, the nasi lemak is amazingly fatty and works well with the richness of the cheese. The sambal was also quite tasty, and not too spicy, so perhaps those not used to spice can still take it.
This is the kind of food that you’ll likely crave for on those cheat days when you want something greasy, filling, and heavy.
Plus, there’s also crispy pork belly on the menu, so you can totally amp up the calories and deliciousness. (If you’re wondering how the pork belly tastes like, it is just as good as those you can get from the hawker stalls.)
What online reviews say
However, the online reviews on Google Maps seem to be a little mixed, being at 3.6 stars out of 5 with 72 reviews at time of writing.
Some reviews say that the prices are expensive while others say it is quite moderately priced. Service may also take a while depending on how busy it is.
It seems like the people of Kuching cannot agree on the quality of the food, because some reviewers say that the food and environment is good, while others say this place is overrated.
Five-star reviews mention the cheesy baked dishes, the chicken chop, and the salmon as well as the nice ambience of the restaurant.
For me, I’ve only been to We Fusion Restaurant about a handful of times, but I think I may drop by again in the future.