This week we take you to Ampang for some nasi lemak and crunchy-succulent fried chicken. Welcome to Det's, a family run place that also serves up super sloppy burgers and plates of fried noodles...
And all thoughts of dieting flies out the window...
Jalan Bunga Tanjong 18,
Tel: 019 284 7905
4 pm - 4 am. Closed on Fridays.
Great nasi lemak, sloppy burgers with all the trimmings and fast and friendly staff.
By the roadside, so traffic can get quite noisy. Open air seating so seats are limited when it's raining.
Every time I venture out to my favourite nasi lemak place in Taman Seraya, my mind would drift back to the days when the Ujang comics were an essential part of my teenage life. My jolt to the past is brought upon by the uncanny resemblance of my Nasi Lemak guy with the main character in "Aku Hidup Dalam Blues". In fact, his staff actually wears T-shirts with his caricature on it drawn by two Ujang alumnus- Janggut and Taugeh.
My Nasi Lemak guy is Abang Det, the owner of Det Station, a discreet Nasi Lemak stall tucked away in Ampang. Along with his wife, Kak Fazlin, Abang Det serves up plates of steaming aromatic Nasi Lemak with their famous deep fried chicken to loyal fans night after night.
With skin that stays crisp without being oily and the tender flesh juicy and oozing with flavours of garlic, turmeric and Det's secret blend of ingredients, patrons as far as Ipoh have frequented Det's for his utterly scrumptious chicken. The chicken might be the star, but its supporting casts, the Nasi Lemak and the sweet sambal should also get top billing. The rice is fragrant with hints of cloves, cardamom and ginger- soft and fluffy, just the way I like it. The smell of pandan will entice your grumbling stomach.
The sambal is a harmonious mix of onions and chillies, in one bite you get the delicate taste of shrimp and just enough heat to tantalize your taste buds. The chicken is fried to perfection, there's someone constantly fishing them out of the crackling hot oil. They then let it rest so the excess oil would drip out and it stays juicy. When these three elements of rice, sambal and fried chicken comes together perfectly, to me this is a plate of pure Nasi Lemak heaven.
But Det's is not only known for their fried chicken Nasi Lemak. They also sell a variety of burgers (that includes venison, rabbit and mutton burgers). Topped with tons of mayo, black pepper sauce and powder, and a dollop of mustard, they serve sloppy burgers that are so sloppy that they have to be eaten with a fork and spoon. If you're into messy burgers with sauces dripping all over the sides of the bun, give their special burger a try. Selling the burgers alongside the Nasi Lemak have resulted in creative dishes that combine the two together. If you fancy Nasi lemak Hotdog or Nasi Lemak Burger Telur Bungkus, just ask and the staff at Det's would be happy to prepare them for you..
A new addition is their Char Kuey Teow. Fried Kuey Teow in egg gravy filled with prawns, cockles, spring onions and sliced chillies. If you want extra prawns, order the special. With pickled chillies on the side, it is quite a commendable effort. Though it is quite a nice dish, my dining partner confesses that it is still not on par with the Char Kuey Teow in Penang.
So, if you do have a hankering for piping hot nasi lemak and crunchy chicken skin, head over to Det's. If you're feeling adventurous, try their burger and nasi lemak combos but do sample the chicken, it's what they're famous for after all.