Mandy Yin is one of the few Malaysian chef/owners in the UK, having founded Sambal Shiok in London in 2013. She is a Malaysian-born Chinese of Peranakan Nyonya heritage.
"I take inspiration from everything I ate in my childhood growing up in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Then I mix it up and put a new slant on it."
Sambal Shiok started trading at street food markets in 2013. Listening to customer demand led to Mandy narrowing her focus on laksa and starting a pop-up restaurant. Her pop up laksa bar had sell out runs across London before she opened Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar in Highbury in June 2018 to widespread critical acclaim.
We showcase the diversity of Malaysian cuisine in vibrant surroundings with exemplary service. With unique yet accessible food, creative drinks and friendly, informed service, we strive to be THE Malaysian destination restaurant in London.
Our menu centres on our signature Nyonya curry laksa, fully customisable including using an untraditional vegan broth. We also have carefully curated snacks and rice dishes which rotate every few weeks, or whenever we feel like it. You will find and learn about a huge variety of South-East Asian ingredients in our kitchen such as shrimp paste, dried shrimp, lemongrass, kaffir limes leaves, pandan.
Our primary focus is on taste. We also believe in quality not quantity when it comes to how we work and what we produce. We aim to make as much as possible ourselves in-house, like our sauces, spice pastes, pickles, crackers.
Mandy's mission is to introduce as many people as possible to Malaysian flavours. Most of our menu is vegan/vegetarian, and we choose to only use halal meat because being Malaysian, she wants to serve everyone and be welcoming to everyone. Food is the greatest unifier.
We describe the values that we look in any new team member as "High Performance" values:
1. Honesty, Integrity, Passion - the most important and this goes both ways!
2. Energy - high stamina and ability to energise others
3. Execution - ability to get things done
4. Edge - ability to make hard call yes / no decisions quickly
5. Generosity - desire to help the people around you improve, grow, thrive, succeed, be the best that they can be.