One of the bonuses of moving to Ampang is that I’m now within walking distance of Mak Jah. Gone were the days when I used to brave cross KL traffic to eat here. I now have all access to the delectable kuihs, the Malay roti canai served with dhal and sambal and of course Mak Jah’s nasi lemak. “I've always been more of a cook at first and not really… More »
We got to know Reach Out recently from organising the I Eat Nasi Lemak Event. We are aware that homeless feeding programmes and make-shift soup kitchens exist and Reach Out being one of the first, gives out nasi lemak to the homeless. So it really was a no brainer that an event that celebrates nasi lemak would support a programme like this.
"We basically started it with friends and people we work with because there simply wasn't a programme out there that fed the homeless on a regular basis," said Pete Nicolls the founder of Reach Out. The NGO then grew organically, with volunteers going out on the streets 7 days a week rain or shine. In KL they go out to 15 different locations and in the past year started food distributing in Klang too. Volunteers giving out food and supplies to the homeless
Giving the homeless food serves two purpose. One, is because they are hungry. Often, the food given out by Reach Out is the only meal they will eat that day. Secondly, it's a tool to get to know who they are. After building a relationship with them, the organisation can then identify how to help them further. The objective… Continue reading »
Many remember the Medan Selera 223 as a place they went dating during school and college days, yes I’m talking to you PJ peeps. This is also a nasi lemak spot, with over 6 stalls selling the good stuff. And it’s also 24 hours. Your anytime nasi lemak fix.
Over here we dig Suri’s. This stall is run by Mohd. Lutfi, a good natured fellow that always looks a little sleepy. We don’t blame him, he’s always here in the wee hours making sure everything is in order. In a year he’s only off for 6 days. 4 days for Hari Raya Aidilfitri and 2 for Raya Haji. “When we are close for too long our customers will call us up asking for nasi lemak! So we open most of the time, non-stop.” Now that’s dedication. We caught Lutfi after he had a nice long nap, such a cool dude...
Lutfi inherited the stall from his mother who in turn inherited it from her mum. When his grandmother was running it, she used to put her nasi lemak on make-shift tables. They moved here after the Medan Selera was built. At any given time, there’s always three people at the back packing the nasi lemak in snug packets. It only… Continue reading »
"People still come to Tanglin for a nasi lemak fix"
Nasi Lemak Tanglin has been around for ages. If you're craving for a nasi lemak, queue up for theirs somewhere along Jalan Cenderasari (opposite the Poliklinik, Off Jalan Tanglin) with everyone else. They are now in the Tanglin Food Court. If you're unlucky, the queue is very long, if you're lucky, the queue is just long. If there's no queue, then they are probably closed or the food's all gone! Queue starts long way early at about 7.30am and tapers down by about 10am.
There are two great things in this food court we'd like to highlight. The nasi lemak and the kopitiam tea. Let's put the kopitiam tea aside first and try some nasi lemak tanglin style. Tanglin started way back around 1948 by Suryati Jawirunnah andd her recipe is now passed to her son Zainal which will soon pass down to Zainal's daughter. Three generations of history here.
Tanglin has the usual chicken rendang, sambal sotong and beef lung dendeng among others. From all the myriad of lauks available, my heart fell for their beef liver sambal and also sambal sotong. The sambal sotong recipe has ground peanuts giving it a slightly nutty taste with a slight chili kick. The beef liver has the sweet sambal way seeping deep into the cuts which makes it that more enjoyable eating. The rice is steamed 'ceroi' which means that Zainal's rice is not the sticky type, hence less starchy and able to soak up more of the other nasi lemak gravies.
Ramen Burgers are the craze right now in the States. It’s not too far-fetched, afterall we have rice burgers. It’s just taking another carb and making it into something that can hold a patty. What we didn’t anticipate was how ridiculously delicious it was. Here’s a simple but awesome recipe to make your own ramen burger using the instant noodles in your kitchen.
Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages….
In conjunction with the on-air screening of I Eat KL
, Malaysia's first food drama on Friedchillies Food Network (HyppTV Channel 838), welcome to the Nasi Lemak event of the year, I Eat Nasi Lemak!
We count many nasi lemak lovers among our friends. In fact, it's impossible to live in this country and not eat this dish, served in eateries all across the country, in road side stalls and even in fancy restaurants. It is one of the first dishes a tourist would eat coming into our fair city (that and probably roti canai and satay). All over the world Malaysian restaurants do a roaring trade in nasi lemak. It is a complete meal, rice, gravy, vegetable and protein.
To us, nasi lemak perfection is still the 'bungkus' kind. Banana leaf hugging the rice tight giving it the signature flavour and the sambal already part of the grains, making nice with the boiled egg. Many no longer put cucumbers in a packet because of sogginess but we still think you need it hence nasi lemak 'bungkus' is always best on the day it's made after about two hours.
But let's digress. Because all you nasi lemak lovers out there, something big is coming your way this 9th… Continue reading »
What goes perfectly with a plate of nasi lemak? Well a glass of hot teh 'o' of course. And coming home after a long day, with a weary mind and tired body, to sink into a warm sofa with a nice hot cup of tea is bliss. Tea’s benefits
, from being a good antioxidant, to increasing… More »