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Digest Review: Lauk Pauk In REX KL Goes Plant-Based

Review: Lauk Pauk In REX KL Goes Plant-Based

Review: Lauk Pauk In REX KL Goes Plant-Based
Masala Rice Bowl (Photo: Katelyn Tan)
By Katelyn Tan
June 10, 2021
Lauk Pauk’s new delivery menu launches this Friday (June 11). Here's what you need to know about their vegan and vegetarian specialities.

With plant-forward dining gaining more and more traction in Malaysia, Lauk Pauk’s new dishes couldn’t have come at a better time. Situated at The Back Ground at REX KL, the brand is revamping itself and identifying as a plant-based 'urban warung'. Meaning 'a variety of dishes', Lauk Pauk celebrates Malaysia's diversity of flavours with an assortment of colourful and creative rice and noodle bowls. Visually striking and bursting with flavour, each plate is also nutritious and well-balanced; your rice or noodles come with vegetables as well as protein in the form of tofu, tempeh and a soft-boiled egg.

TATLER TIP

Go fully vegan by requesting replacements. For instance, eggs can easily be swapped for tofu, tempeh or aubergine.

The first dish I try is the Dry Laksa Ramen (RM18), the only noodle bowl among the rice bowls. Bouncy ramen noodles are served with fried tempeh, crispy tofu puffs and an Ajitama egg, a soft-boiled egg steeped in a sweet-savoury soy marinade. Slicing the egg in half reveals a perfectly cooked core; the custardy yolk oozes out, coating the noodles. This unique rendition of a local favourite is served with a thick, savoury mushroom gravy and finished with a sprinkle of bunga kantan and a squeeze of lime.

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Dry Laksa Ramen
Dry Laksa Ramen
Rendang Rice Bowl
Rendang Rice Bowl

Due to the addition of a bright pink egg, the first rice bowl that catches my eye is the Rendang Rice Bowl (RM21). I am intrigued to learn that the pink dye is naturally derived from beetroot.

Coated in a nutty, aromatic gravy, an assortment of mushrooms—shiitake, shimeji, oyster and king oyster—provide great texture and a lovely bite in the Mushroom Rendang, which can also be ordered as a small plate (RM18).

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Nasi Lemak Rice Bowl
Nasi Lemak Rice Bowl
Masala Rice Bowl
Masala Rice Bowl

Just as visually appealing, the Nasi Lemak Rice Bowl (RM18) comes with a mix of white and brown coconut rice topped with grilled eggplant. Fork tender, the eggplant pairs perfectly with the spicy sambal sitting on top, while the tempeh, tofu and peanuts are coated in a sweet-spicy sauce.

However, the stand-out rice dish is the Masala Rice Bowl (RM21) due to the spiced basmati rice. Each spoonful is perfectly seasoned and explodes with fragrance. The refreshing cucumber raita is much welcome, while the crispy papadom strips provide great texture.

Nenas Panggang Pajeri
Nenas Panggang Pajeri

The last small plate, Nenas Panggang Pajeri (RM13), is left until the end. The grilled pineapples drizzled with with a sweet-spicy gravy are sharp and sweet, and prove a lovely finish to the meal. 

Nostalgic and wholesome, Lauk Pauk's dishes are perfect for sharing: the four mains and two sides fed four perfectly.

The eatery is open for delivery this MCO from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am until 7pm. 

To Order

Arrange for delivery via Ala Carte, Beep It or FoodPanda or takeaway by visiting REX KL

Lauk Pauk: Urban Warung | REX KL, 80, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur | +6010-248 8976

  • Photography Katelyn Tan

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