Dry Extract Interview: Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok, London, England

Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok, London, England

© Katherine Leedale

Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok, London, England

Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok, London, England

© Katherine Leedale

Mandy Yin is the Malaysian chef-owner of Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar and Nasi Economy Rice, both in London. Yin is a former lawyer and self-taught chef who takes her inspiration from childhood memories of Kuala Lumpur combined with life in the UK. In March 2021 she opened Sambal To Go, the takeaway side to her main restaurant and will release her first book, The Malaysian Cookbook in October 2021

The best advice I ever got

Don’t stress/worry about things you cannot change.

My life motto

Be kind

I am currently reading

I am not reading anything to be honest. Prefer podcasts at the moment as I can listen to them whilst I travel around: Dave Chang, Eat, Sleep, Work Repeat, T42, The Singapore Noodles Podcast

My most played music track

Anything from the 90’s

If I didn’t do my current job

I would be a dog walker

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have

Speaking Mandarin

My favourite kind of exercise

Walking

I relax

While dining with friends

I collect

Nice people in my life

My essential newspaper/magazine

Vittles

My desert-island wine

Lubentiushof Riesling trocken, Mosel, Germany

I have learnt a lot

From asking others for advice

My last meal and sip will be

Penang char kway teow and fresh watermelon juice