"Ultimate Rendang Kerang!"
Zazali Corner is a familiar sight for the residents around this Wangsa Maju neighbourhood. Started by a husband and wife duo of Encik Zazali and Mak Cik Zuraiba, they serve the king and queen of Malaysian breakfasts - nasi lemak and roti canai. Located right in front of Alpha Angle's (AEON Wangsa Maju) front entrance, they have been serving breakfast to the masses for a decade.
"Grab a packet!"
For fans of nasi lemak bungkus, make your way to Nasi Lemak EK in Wangsa Maju. There, you can sample perfectly cooked coconut rice paired with a sweet and spicy sambal that tastes just like the ones you had as a child at your school canteen. EK stands for Etta’s Kitchen. For years now, Rozeta Sa’ad or more commonly known as Kak Etta and her sons have been supplying packets of nasi lemak to various locations in Wangsa Maju including Restoran Al Kader, a Chinese café in Seri Rampai, a stall at the nearby Hero Market and Honda Sri Utama.
"Try the Sambal Kerang!"
At Ibu Nasi Lemak, there’s an array of kuehs to choose from, as well as kway teow goreng and fried beehoon but the main crowd-puller is their nasi lemak. The rice has a hint of coconut, cooked with just enough liquid to allow the individual grains to come apart, making it the perfect vehicle for sambal and gravy. Light and not too rich, it’s a nasi lemak that won’t weigh you down, suitable as a substantial workday breakfast. More »
"Seputeh's hidden gem..."
If you like your sambal hot and spicy, make your way to the Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang stall in Seputeh. The sambal here has plenty of heat, with tons of chillies, blended and simmered for hours to create a wonderful balance of fiery and sweet flavours. More »
"Sweet, smoky sambal here!"
Nasi Lemak Wanjo, called in turns Mak Wanjor for the matriarch of the family until the sign came up on their shop recently; serves a good, solid nasi lemak. For those of you that like your sambal a little sweet, this is the place for you. It’s still spicy but there’s a sultry sweetness that runs through it and a smokiness that gives it character. More »
"Late night nasi lemak haunt"
What would drive people to dine in a back alley in SS2? Nasi lemak and piping hot fried chicken, of course! At Nasi Lemak Bumbung, look around and you’ll see waiters scurrying about carrying trays of nasi lemak, delivering them to tables upon tables of hungry patrons. The fried chicken is the main attraction, marinated in a bevy of spices, fried till golden, a great accompaniment to the subtly flavoured coconut rice. More »
It's not often that I find good nasi lemak bungkus at mamak shops. Here's one though from Restoran Ameer Ehsan at Taman Maluri. It's mysteriously non-branded i.e. there is no identifying stamp or mark. The waiters at the shop just said they get it every morning. Further questioning (and perhaps a language issue) yielded no further answers.
It's cheap (RM1.50) and basic: just rice, sambal and an egg. The rice is good - nutty and not too creamy with a crumbly texture. The sambal is great. Hot and laced with chillies and ikan bilis. It's hot enough that a drink of teh tarik afterwards gives your tongue and throat a nice, comfortable and slow burn going down. A good nasi lemak bungkus... even if the origins are unknown. I'll find out more with the next packet I have....
Restoran Ameer Ehsan
No. 186, Jalan Mahkota, Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur, 55100, Kuala Lumpur Continue reading »