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Delicious Sambals from Aleeya’s Kitchen

by Edwan S., on Thu, March 19, 2015 - 11:38:25 AM, 0 comment
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I am a sambal fiend. I love sambal in all its forms and the hotter, the better. Sambal, I firmly believe, is one of the greatest gifts that this region of the world has given to mankind. It's easy to see why. A good sambal is a rich, delicious mix of the best of South East Asian flavours. It is altogether savoury, sweet, tart and of course fiery. A good sambal will instantly lift a boring dish. It even works well with various kinds of cuisine too.

So it was with great pleasure that I discovered Aleeya's Kitchen during the recent Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Aleeya Zailan makes a range of superb sambals in her own kitchen and sells them online via Instagram, and they also frequent food events and fiestas.


Buy one of this...

Their tagline goes: 'Pedas Giler Masuk Hospital' which translates to, literally, 'So Spicy You'll Go To The Hospital'.…  Continue reading »

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Franco @The Curve

by Edwan S., on Tue, March 10, 2015 - 11:00:39 AM, 0 comment
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Best French Toast ever. There I said it. But let me digress a bit. Franco is a new Japanese-Western cafe that's opened up shop in The Curve and One Utama Shopping Centre. The cafe is cosy and hip(ster) and just about perfect for a lazy afternoon lunch or a quick dinner. The menu is surprisingly not too extensive (as usual with chain cafes or restaurants). The real high-lights here are the sweets.

Their 'Franco' French Toast is, to me, the best iteration of French Toast I've ever had in KL. Super tender, wobbly chunks of eggy bread are stacked on top of one another and dusted with icing sugar. It's served with syrup on the side and a dollop of the richest, creamiest whipped cream I've ever had. It's a breakfast and dessert all rolled into one. This is so damned good I feel like going there right now to stuff my face in it.


BEST FRENCH TOAST EVAAAARRRR..

But I'll probably end up in a dilemma because their souffles are so delicious too.…  Continue reading »

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Donut Gebu Al Jabbar

by Edwan S., on Mon, February 23, 2015 - 10:44:31 AM, 0 comment
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Homer Simpson said it best: "MMMM... Donuts....". Seriously, who doesn't love these baked (yummy) or fried (ERHMAGERDD!) balls of dough? And while Homer won't find too many donut places in KL yet, I'm pretty sure he'll fall in love with my current favourite donut.


FLUFFY PERFECTION.

My favourite donut right now comes from a little shop in the greater Kampung Pandan area. Donut Gebu Al Jabbar sells just that: donut gebu ('gebu' means fluffy). The shop consists of a working table where they work the dough, a display case where the fried suckers are put at, and a big big wok where they fry the donuts. That's it.

On the working table are balls of dough. The frying guy just picks one up and hand forms it in a motion so quick I literally couldn't catch it with my naked eye. One moment the ball of dough is in his hands, the next there's already a perfectly formed donut floating and puffing…  Continue reading »

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Nasi Lemak @ Persiaran Jati, KD

by Edwan S., on Mon, December 01, 2014 - 8:51:58 AM, 0 comment
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Here's another round of Nasi Lemak Mondays!

There are plenty of anonymous stalls selling food in Malaysia. They're often called by their location rather than a special name. Case in point: I found this lady and her little stall at Persiaran Jati, Kota Damansara selling nasi lemak en route to work. She had several lauk: sambal kerang, ayam masak merah, sambal sotong and paru were present and accounted for. I asked for the nasi lemak with ayam merah.



Now I like spicy sambals and yay, this nasi lemak hit the spot. The sambal is hot and definitely wakes up your tastebuds on a Monday morning. The nasi is pleasant with a nutty flavour (although it was a bit undercooked... but I am told that some people like it this way?). The usual condiments were fine, too. Her ayam masak merah though is a bit of a miss: good flavour, but the chicken itself was a bit flaccid and overcooked.

Next time I should try her other lauk. This stall is located along…  Continue reading »

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From Down South: Nasi Lemak from N. Sembilan

by Edwan S., on Thu, October 30, 2014 - 2:44:46 PM, 0 comment
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It's hot on the run-up to I EAT NASI LEMAK 2014 and today we're featuring nasi lemak heroes from Negeri Sembilan..


It Must Be Something In The Water...

Port Dickson must be the go to beach destination for us Klang Valley folk. And of course: it's nearby and the beaches are really quite nice (after those 'dark ages' in the 90s) nowadays. Well here's one more reason to go to Port Dickson: nasi lemak. We found this great nasi lemak at Seri Mesra restaurant. It's a seafood and ikan bakar restaurant, in actuality. But we found out that boy does it have a great nasi lemak.


Simple done right at Seri Mesra.

It's a simple nasi lemak done right, that is far more than the sum of its parts. According to owner Zie, it's all in the 'air tangan' of her mother that does the cooking. We suspect they might be cooking the nasi with sea water for this distinctive taste. Crumbly, coconutty rice is paired excellenty with their sweet…  Continue reading »

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Healthier Nasi Lemaks: Ruyi & Greenlicious

by Edwan S., on Tue, October 28, 2014 - 2:52:52 PM, 0 comment
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As much as we love nasi lemak (and really, we do love it: any nasi lemak review or article on this site gets loads of hits compared to others), we gotta admit that it’s not the most healthy of dishes. Yes, it’s all that santan and oil and fried stuff that makes a nasi lemak so, so good but too much of a good thing can be… well, bad.

So can a nasi lemak be tasty but healthier at the same time? It sure can! And we’re thankful that there are folk who took it upon themselves to do healthier versions of nasi lemak without sacrificing the flavours that make it delicious.

Ruyi Vegetarian Restaurant

Mr. Foo was a graphic designer and photographer before he decided to open Restoran Sayur-Sayuran Ruyi in Kepong. “My wife and I thought that vegetarian foods are healthier and better in terms of nutrition,” said the softly spoken gentleman. “So we figured, yes, let’s share our love of vegetarian food with all Malaysians. At the same time we knew that there are some dishes we cannot stray away from. Nasi lemak is one of them.”
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Nasi Lemak Nayan, Lenggeng, NS

by Edwan S., on Mon, September 29, 2014 - 11:39:19 AM, 0 comment
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Out of KL we go for this week's Nasi Lemak Monday...

Think of a sambal that you get with nasi lemak: it's almost always sambal ikan bilis or sotong, and at the furthest stretch would probably be sambal kerang (which itself is often an add on lauk rather than standard). But at Nasi Lemak Nayan, they give you... sambal ikan keli! (catfish sambal!)

From KL we went to the little town of Lenggeng near Seremban. After losing our way for a while, we asked directions. "Terus jo, lopas Pos Ofis tu masuk kanan. Nampak banyak keto parking and Cino ramai tu, tu la kodai dio," said a resident Negeri Sembilan lady. I'll translate: "Just go straight (from where we were) and turn right after the Post Office. Once you see a little shop with lots of cars parked and plenty of Chinese people, that's the place."

So we found it eventually. A small, family run business, Nasi Lemak Nayan is only open on weekend mornings. Even then the nasi lemak pretty much runs out after 9am. So come early if you want to try. The roads leading here…  Continue reading »


     
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