The latest addition is the Boxsmall market, which brings together a collection of carefully crafted little pod booths in Festival Square, just in front of the Sheraton hotel. It offers a blend of craft and food stalls.The market, which runs every day until the end of August, so will be a prime location during the Festival, had a few teething problems in its first few weeks, but seems settled now. There are a number of traders that are there throughout the week, with the numbers bolstered at weekends. There’s a bar and coffee place (the coffee is not great, though, so I wouldn’t recommend it) and regular sustenance is led by a stall from local Malaysian restaurant Kampung Ali. I stopped there to try their canai roti (£2) and noodles (£4.50), today.
The multi-tasking chef was promptly at work preparing my items, toasting the roti and heating the noodles on a little grill plate. I was soon in receipt of both dishes so found a nearby table to munch at leisure.The roti was rather good with the accompanying sauce packed with flavour, if a little on the thin side. It was exactly as I’d had the dish on my visit to their restaurant, so this was a good opener.
The noodles were good, too, but lacked an element to deliver a real knockout punch. They were tasty and filling.
So overall Kampung Ali is doing a pretty good job. It’s good to see Malaysian added to our list of available street food options. I look forward to visiting Boxsmall again during the Festival and would recommend you give it a go, too.