The restaurant is aptly named, because Nom Mee is what you’ll be saying after tasting any of the food on their extensive menu, which offers an array of Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese dishes. We were lucky enough to sample nine of their dishes, and were thoroughly impressed by each one. Keep reading to get a taste of what they have to offer!
Satay Chicken Skewers
We started off with the satay skewers, and instantly knew that we’d made the right decision in ordering them. The meat to sauce ratio was perfect, boasting a delectable combination of creamy satay sauce and tenderly cooked chicken. Lunch was off to a good start!
Spicy Chicken Wings
Sticking with the chicken theme, we then dug into the spicy chicken wings. The golden-brown colour caught our eye as soon as it was brought out, and it was a considerable exercise of self-discipline to refrain from polishing off the entire plate as soon as it was set down. A satisfying crunch – the hallmark of an excellent fried chicken – was heard as we bit into the wings, followed by the taste of the succulent meat underneath. Despite trying only two dishes so far, we were already impressed.
The quail was caramelized to perfection, and the flavours excellently concocted. The meat was perfectly cooked, and the sweetness of the marinade coupled with the quail’s succulent texture made for another delicious entrée. Upon demolishing the last few morsels, we already wanted another serve.
Soft Shell Crab
Just like the fried chicken, the soft-shell crab batter was beautifully golden and crisp, contrasting well against the juicy crab meat inside. The bite-sized pieces of soft-shell crab were perfect for capping off our exploration of Nom Mee’s entrée menu. Now, onto the main event!
If you’re a fan of laksa, then a visit to Nom Mee should be at the top of your to-do list. The soup was a well-balanced concoction of sweet, savoury, and spice, with some creaminess added for good measure. Each flavour complemented the others wonderfully, packing a punch into each spoonful.
Pho is a personal favourite of ours, so naturally we were incredibly excited when we spied it on the menu. Nom Mee certainly did not disappoint, presenting us with a steaming bowl of perfectly cooked rice noodles, tender beef slices, and broth that was out of this world. If you love pho as much as we do, or if you enjoy a good challenge, then you might want to check out Nom Mee’s ‘PHO’ real bowl challenge. 1kg of meats, 1kg of rice noodles, 2L of broth, and 40 minutes to finish ALL of it. If you succeed, it’s free! Well then, I know what I’m doing after I finish writing this article…
Combination Pad Thai
The stakes were high for this dish, as Pad Thai is another favourite of ours. Not surprisingly, Nom Mee once again wowed us with a scrumptious dish; both the prawns and the chicken were tender and cooked to perfection, and the flavours fulfilled all the criteria for a traditional (and delicious) Pad Thai.
Combination Pork Chop
As we neared the end of our meal, our mouths were slowing down and our bellies were becoming more bloated…perhaps we should take turns rolling each other out of the restaurant? Upon seeing this dish, however, our appetites returned with increased vigour. The two cuts of pork were scrumptious both with and without the sauce, but honourable mention goes to the pork crackling, which was amazingly crisp and tasted even better than it looked.
Crispy Pork Vermicelli (Bun) Bowl
Here comes another serve of pork crackling, because you can never have too much. We finished off with a bun bowl, featuring perfectly cooked vermicelli noodles in addition to an array of colourful herbs and veggies. It was a terrifically refreshing way to end our gluttonous afternoon, and proved to be a very satisfying final dish.
So, what are you waiting for? Head to Nom Mee on Churchill Road to experience all the deliciousness for yourself!
Words by Xueying Sun
WHERE 379B Churchill Rd, Kilburn