Tut's Egyptian Eatery, One Utama
Malaysians are super blessed with having all kinds of cuisine from all over the world open up in our country. We can say that we have almost every kind of cuisine in Malaysia. Now, with Tut’s Egyptian Eatery opening up its doors in One Utama, we can say that we have authentic Egyptian food here too.
Tut’s Egyptian Eatery just opened up this week in One Utama’s New Wing and we were very excited to try their offerings. Before we went, Tim made a joke that I should bring my mummy along for the review… Joke or not, I took him pretty literally.
So we made our way to One Utama one weekday for lunch and for the first time in our lives, sunk our teeth into authentic, original Egyptian food.
We really didn’t know what to expect here at Tut’s Egyptian Eatery but thankfully, the menu had plenty of pictures to give us a good visual idea of what we could expect out of the foreign-sounding dishes. We started off the meal with a few drinks - only one of which is considered to be an authentic Egyptian drink. They do have some tropical drinks available like their fruit smoothies. We tried their kiwi pineapple mixer (RM8), which was really refreshing.
We also tried their mango berry juice (RM8.50) and pineappleade (RM8).
But what you should really be having here at Tut's Egyptian Eatery is their Egyptian lemon mint drink (which had run out when we were there) and their signature Sobya milk (RM7.50). The Sobya milk is a rich and creamy drink that has a hint of coconut. The drink itself is pretty sweet and thick, which reminded us of a milkshake.
The first dish we got to try was their Molokhia minced leaf stew (RM9.90) which comes with a side of rice (or any other side you wish). It is recommended to be consumed with rice as this is a common staple in Egypt. According to Zein, the business development manager of Tut’s, the leaves cannot be found in Malaysia and have to be imported over from Egypt.
The leaves are minced and then cooked to form a stew with butter, garlic, coriander, cumin and black pepper. It is unlike any other soup you would have tasted in Malaysia. In fact, in Egypt, this is not considered to be just a soup, but a substantial meal on its own. If you happen to choose a side that isn't rice, like say... the Tut's Dynasty Fries (RM4.50 a la carte), make sure to try their 5 homemade sauces - the tahini, cheesy, nutty, smoky BBQ and chilli sauce. Our favourites were the nutty and chilli sauces! And sauces are free flow here!
The next dish we got to try was their Koshari mixed grain bowl (RM14.30) - which is a cornucopia of a bunch of random ingredients. Koshari, in Egypt, the word simply means messy. This dish, considered to be a poor man’s dish back there, is a rich and heavy meal that will fill your tummies up really quickly
The dish is made with pasta, rice, lentils, chickpeas and of all things, fried onion. It was an interesting dish that was a little wet (like thick porridge) and it even comes with sides! This dish alone, in my opinion, is pretty filling. But works great with some vegetable sides, if you want a more balanced meal.
My favourite dish of the day was the herbal hot plate chicken with baked rice (RM25.90). This is an easy crowd-pleaser because its ingredients are all highly familiar. The chicken is slow grilled and served on a hot plate, prepared with a side of peppers and baked rice. Though it seems like there are many places that serve similar dishes, this one stands out for its unique Egyptian herbs and spices.
For desserts, we tried two uniquely Egyptian desserts. The first was the Om Ali Bread Pudding (RM9.80). The name Om Ali originates from an Egyptian Queen who was scorned. When she had reigned victorious over her rival, she held celebrations and this bread and butter pudding dish was the dish she created. They say revenge is sweet and in this dessert, that saying could not be more true.
The nutty bread and pudding is served with a scoop of coconut or Gula Melaka flavoured ice cream from Sangkaya to give it a local twist.
Our finally dish of the day was the Roz B Laban Creamy Delight (RM6.85). This lovely dessert is a concoction of rice, mixed into thick, creamy milk and served with berries. The closest dish I can think of to compare it to here in Southeast Asia is the mango sticky rice - but it is much more watery. This will definitely satisfy the cravings of any sweet tooth out there. Tut’s Egyptian Eatery is very evidently a great stepping stone for Malaysians to try out Egyptian food. Its prices are extremely affordable and portions are just nice. Tut’s also serves dishes like fried chicken and an interesting dish called the Hawaoshi baked meat folder, which reminded us of our murtabak from the mamaks. Though we did not get to try that dish this time, we will most certainly be back to try more of their sumptuous offerings.
Tut's Egyptian Eatery LG33A, New Wing (Rainforest/Oval) One Utama Shopping Centre Open daily from 10AM-10PM