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Sarawak Laksa at Kuala Lumpur

Food review May 30th, 2007

I’m in the midst of final preparations for my church camp and will be leaving for Damai Laut tomorrow. I will be back in Kuala Lumpur on Monday with a string of 4 trials over Monday to Thursday. Just before I leave for the break and considering my hectic schedule next week, I thought I would leave you with one of my favourite food reviews which I did way back in September 2006:-

This is not exactly the first write-up on the famous Sarawak Laksa found in Kuala Lumpur, specifically Nam Chuan Coffeeshop at Bangsar. Why then do I write?

Well, having read the various other reviews, I have been itching to have a taste of this so-called famous Sarawak Laksa in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, I went twice but on both occasions, it was closed. REMEMBER all you folks out there – It is CLOSED on WEDNESDAYS!!! Don’t say I did not warn you. I had to settle for something lesser the last two trips I went.

Anyway, my bosses and I were supposed to go to Segambut for the famous Tom Yam Noodles but due to massive traffic jam at Jalan Raja Laut, we decided to detour and I managed to persuade them to give this Sarawak Laksa a try after reading all the rave reviews.

Now I must say, I am quite critical of Sarawak Laksa especially having had the privilege of tasting Sarawak Laksa from different stalls in Kuching. I even tried cooking it myself. Hey, if you have tasted the real thing from the original place, your expectations go really high. So, with a high sense of expectation of tasting the authentic Sarawak Laksa (I read from the reviews that the stall is operated by a lady from Kuching) whilst having a fear of being disappointed by perhaps sub-standard fare, we arrived at Nam Chuan Coffeeshop at about 1pm.

I quickly ordered the large portion. Rice vermicelli (Bee Hoon) only please. Even though she also serves yellow noodles, I prefer to have it the original way. Thick beehoon is the way to go. Business is good and we waited for about 5 minutes. Hey! When you are highly charged up with saliva drooling for something delicious (hopefully), 5 minutes feels like an eternity.

The sambal belacan that comes with the Sarawak Laksa looked authentic enough but in really measly portion. You can ask for top-up if you want. The wait was like agony and I tried to distract my attention from the waiting by looking around the coffeeshop whilst sipping the teh cina ais I ordered.

Sarawak Laksa at Nam Chuan Coffeeshop

 

Finally, it came. Wow! The bowl is humongous. The portion acceptable and the aroma of the soup was familiar. This gotta be good. I quickly took a photo (to share with all of you lah) before I started my work on the Sarawak Laksa.

First thing I did was to squeeze the lime over the soup. This is almost obligatory to give the soup a real “kick”. The first taste of the soup was heavenly. The second taste confirmatory. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, THIS IS SARAWAK LAKSA. Right here, available in Kuala Lumpur and I am testifying and confirming the opinions of those who have enjoyed it and raved about it.

The soup is full bodied and the amount of santan (coconut milk) is just nice. Not too creamy like those Curry Laksas. It is a bit spicy compared to those found in Kuching but I can take that. No problems. The large bowl costs RM5.00. Not too bad, actually considering after cooking Sarawak Laksa myself, I reckoned it should cost at least RM5.00 to be worthwhile selling.

There are three medium sized prawns. Freshness was so-so only. Maybe because it is freshwater prawns. But that’s not too important. Overall, I would strongly recommend this Sarawak Laksa stall to those who are in the Klang Valley who have yet to try and wish to have a taste of what Sarawak Laksa is all about.

“Abacus”. Learn mathematics counting them whilst you eat.

 

Oh, by the way, the lady also sells other stuffs. One of which is “Abacus” or “Suan Pan Tze”. It is made of yam and glutinous rice rolled into balls akin to abacus. Famous Hakka dish. Not too bad. It is quite fragrant and you can actually taste the yam. I am a bit suspicious of the colouring though…

Other food she sells are Pig Stomach Pepper Soup and Kachangma. The latter is a famous dish from Sarawak using Motherswort herbs cooked with chicken and ginger in rice wine. My wife loves it. It is often served during confinement after childbirth. Guaranteed to help you heat up your body and expel wind in the process 😉

Northern Indian Food at Restoran ABC

Food review April 16th, 2007

Work is just piling up :(  and recently, I haven’t been cooking much (save and except sausages and eggs on toast). So, it if pleases you, may I re-release one of my food review archives to set you drooling!

My office is located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur. Most of the food stalls, coffee shops and restaurants around here sell predominantly Malay and Indian cuisine. Not too long ago, there used to be a coffee shop (known as “kopitiam” here in Malaysia) near my office which is operated by a chinese owner and sells chinese food. The kopitiam has since closed as the owner of the building sold it off to somebody else. There goes our morning breakfast and tea joint.

It was replaced by a spanking new look restaurant and looks up-market. Today, my boss and I decided to give it a try and see if it is a worthy successor to our kopitiam. The new restaurant is simply named ABC (Always Best Choice). We have always noticed that the lunch time crowd is good.

 

 

Anyway, it is located on the ground floor of Selangor Mansion along the famous Jalan Masjid India. By the way, it is a corner lot, as you can see from the picture on the top left. A menu table is placed outside the restaurant for you to browse through and it states the prices as well. The pictures in the menu looks good and we decided to head in. Of by the way, there is also a friendly waiter outside the restaurant who greets you and opens the door for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Traditional Nasi Goreng and Tom Yam at Sri Bundo

Food review April 4th, 2007

Can anyone get good food from a food court situated in a shopping centre? Let’s be honest, most hawker food in shopping centre are not as delicious compared to those situated in coffee shops (also known as kopitiam) or along the road side. Somehow, the ambience is not there and many of these hawker food sold in food courts within shopping centres lack the “wow” factor.

 

What’s the point of this post then, you may ask. There is hope yet, ladies and gentlemen.

Located in a shopping centre cum condominium right smack in the Kuala Lumpur city centre, let me introduce you to Sri Bundo Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice). I have been a loyal customer of Sri Bundo for the last 5 years.

 

Sri Bundo Nasi Goreng is located in the food court of Plaza City One (top left photo). Most KLites do not now where in Kuala Lumpur is this plaza located. Well, it is located at the end of Jalan Masjid India and is next to the more popular Semua House (top right photo).

Both Plaza City One and Semua House have plenty of stores selling textiles as well as ready made sarees and kurtas. Whereas Semua House has just completed a refurbishment exercise to its external facade, Plaza City One remains looking a bit run down.

 

As you take the escalator to the 2nd floor of Plaza City One, you will see the food court on your left hand side. Sri Bundo Nasi Goreng occupies a corner lot. Previously, Sri Bundo was located in a pre-war building along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman near Sogo but that building was sold and Sri Bundo had to be relocated.

 

You cannot imagine how lost I was when for a period of 6 months or so, I did not know where Sri Bundo had relocated until a lawyer friend informed us he discovered Sri Bundo again!

When I took these photos of the stall, I was there early and the crowd has not swelled up. It is not uncommon to have 10 people in queue waiting for their orders to be ready. Sri Bundo serves all types of popular malay nasi goreng such as Nasi Goreng Pattaya, Nasi Goreng Ikan Bilis (anchovies), Nasi Goreng Kampung, Nasi Goreng Tomato and Nasi Goreng Cina (well, this is not exactly malay fried rice). There are also all sorts of noodle / beehoon / kuey teow dishes available as well as the “killer tom yam”. Click on the photo of the stall above and you will be able to see clearly the menu available.

What I like about Sri Bundo is the freshness of the food. Each order is cooked ala carte and you can let your imagination run wild on the various types of food available. How about Nasi Goreng Tomato with a bowl of tom yam chicken? Or perhaps, Nasi Goreng Pattaya with a plate of paprik ayam? You can also have Nasi Ayam (chicken rice) served using specially cooked yellow rice.

A mountain of Nasi Goreng Tomato with steaming hot Tom Yam Ayam

Apart from the fact that the food here is superlicious (hence my loyal following and many others), the portions are generous. Each nasi goreng order is given a 1/6 portion of a roasted chicken. If you order Nasi Goreng Pattaya, for example, Sri Bundo will include 1/6 roast chicken into the rice before wrapping it up in egg omelette. Similarly, an order of nasi puteh ayam paprik (white rice with ayam paprik) will give you a whole mountainful plate of white rice and a plate of ayam paprik (1/6 portion of a roasted chicken) complete with long beans, cauliflowers, baby corn, grey mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. Most other hawkers only give you bits and pieces of chicken but not as much as what Sri Bundo offers.

 

Does it cost much considering that this is a hawker stall in a food court? Hardly. See the picture of the Nasi Goreng Tomato with Tom Yam Ayam above? That’s RM3.50. Less that USD$1.00. If it is just Nasi Ayam, that will be RM3.30. I have seen many times where the customers have to tell the Sri Bundo stall assistant (a nice malay lady who never ceases to smile) to reduce the rice portion.

If you are hungry, you will be full by the time you finish the last spoonful. If you are not, Sri Bundo’s food will make you crave for more the next time around.

So, tom yam anyone?

 

[This review was done on 03.08.2006] – I’ve been pretty busy lately at work but I promise I’ll put up more delicious asian food recipes when I have time to spare. Do come back often 🙂

 

 

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Nasi Kandar Penang Kudu bin Abdul at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur

Food review, Rice March 16th, 2007

The following was a food review I did on 12th October, 2006. I am quite busy at the moment with work and therefore, I am putting in this review for your reading pleasure. Why this review and not others? Well…because I just had Nasi Kandar Penang a while ago for lunch 🙂

 

Enjoy!

The Place
(updated 16102006)

Yesterday, I went further down Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to see my tailor. It was around lunch time and it started to pour heavily. The tailor I go to, Astor Tailor, is located in the same block of building as K.S. Gill (specialty shop selling all kinds of pen) and I was basically stuck due to the rain. I then noticed that the end shoplot is a Penang Nasi Kandar Restaurant. Since I could not go anywhere else, I decided to check it out.

Choose your pick

The first thing I noticed was a newpaper review done on this restaurant. It must be good. Why else is it recommended as one of the top 5 places to have your Nasi Kandar in Malaysia? Let’s get started then, shall we?

Fried stuffs

This is Nasi Kandar Kudu bin Abdul. It is run by an Indian Muslim lady and appears to be a family business. Apparently, this family also runs the famous Nasi Kandars in Penang, the home of Nasi Kandar. Nasi Kandar is essentially white rice which comes with your selection of meat – chicken, fish, mutton, parts of chicken (neck, gizzard etc), crabs, prawns, fish roe, sotong and if I am not mistaken, beef lungs. What sets this Nasi Kandar apart from most other white rice dish is that upon placing the meat on the rice, the waiter / cook will pour a variety of curries over the rice so that the rice will have a most unique curry taste.

 

My superb lunch

I had the Nasi Kandar Ayam Kicap (Chicken in Dark Soya Sauce). The chicken drumstick / thigh is quite big in portion and tastes great. Has a nice hint of spice to it and not overpowering. It must be the family’s secret recipe. The meat is well-cooked though I would have prefered it slightly juicier. My Nasi Kandar Ayam Kicap comes with three pieces of steamed / boiled ladies fingers which were really tender, yet crisp to the bite. A couple of slices of cucumber and papadoms completes the dish.

Fried Sotong Nasi Kandar
(updated 16102006)

A plate of Nasi Kandar Ayam Kicap costs RM5.00 and is money well spent. You can always ask them to go easy on the curry but let me tell you, the mixture of the curries is the highlight! By the way, the curries are kept warm by the warmer underneath. Nothing beats warm curried rice on a rainy day!

Fried Pandan Chicken Nasi Kandar
(Updated 16102006)

Nasi Kandar Kudu bin Abdul is located at No. 335, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur. They are open everyday till about 8.30pm.

 

To get there, go to Maju Junction Shopping Centre along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. You will see a traffic-light cross-junction and Centrepoint Hotel across the junction. Walk across to Centrepoint Hotel and walk further down till you see Commerce Assurance Berhad. Nasi Kandar Kudu bin Abdul is across the street.

 

 

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