When it was served, one look at its colour…told me that it wasn’t quite what I would expect and as it turned out, I was right.
In the end, I just had the nasi lemak, biasa/regular (RM3.00)… think I do recall Louis saying that someone told him it was nice but no, the rice was not lemak (rich in santan/coconut milk) but it was all right with the very nice and spicy sambal.
Going back to the kampua noodles I had that morning from the aforementioned stall, I also ordered the pain sip (meat dumplings) soup (RM2.80)…to go with it (RM2.80)…and yes, both were very nice
I would say that taken as it was, it was nice and refreshing…especially on the very hot days that we are experiencing right now and the pulut was good, something like what you would get in those ketupat lemak, but they would need to do something about the red beans – they were hard.
It was getting late, almost 9.00 p.m. and they had run out of lamb so we just settled for the beef (RM1.00 each) and the chicken (60 sen each)…They tasted great – different from the rest, probably due to the way they marinated the meat though to me, the beef was a little bit tough, not as tender as I would like it and what I liked was they were very generous with the peanut sauce – other than what came in the food tray, they gave us some more in a bowl and the nice lady said that we could ask for more should we so desire.
Once again, it failed to win me over, not when it was just plain rice drowned with some gulai (curry) gravy that was a little sweet, I thought and the fried chicken was just fried chicken, no more no less…all breast! At best, I would say it was all right but given a choice, I would rather go for something else.
I bought two packs of their mee jawa (RM3.00)…I had it there sometime ago…and yes, it was very nice
Nasi lemak. I asked for the sambal sotong (squid sambal)…to be added and the nice lady boss gave me a bit of her rendang kerang (cockles rendang)…on the house to try. That sure was good.
As I was placing my order, I saw the tray of fried eggs and they looked so good that I simply must have one…Yes, it was perfectly done with its runny yolk and the lovely golden fringe all around the edges. However, I was a little stunned when I paid for everything – the total was RM6.50 altogether. The egg was RM1.50 each! Golly gee
I went back there again a few days later and yes, they had the rice, long-grained…and for RM5.00 only, you will get that with some acar timun (pickled cucumber) and a piece of chicken curry…so I bought two packs for our lunch to try. Yes, I would say it was very nice, the rice…and the curry too. They certainly were very generous with the gravy but no, there was no papadum like at those Indian places…but for only RM5.00, I guess there is no cause for complaint.
My main intention in going there was to try the guy’s mee jawa (RM5.00)…and I sure was glad I did! It was very nice and had quite a bit of beef in it…but what won me over was the gravy – it was absolutely delicious and bursting with its most delightful flavours…and I would say it certainly was a head above most, if not all, of the mee jawa that I have had around town.
Back to the nasi lemak, it certainly is cheaper…than the ones at the shops and what I had, with the sambal sotong (squid)…was RM3.00 plus RM1.50, RM4.50 only altogether. To me, a good nasi lemak would be one whereby the rice is really lemak, rich with the taste and fragrance of santan (coconut milk) and would taste so good without it being drowned by a multitude of sins and this is just about the only one that I have tried and enjoyed that truly lives up to its name.
I asked for the mee jawa special…and yes, it was very good. A local foodie friend insists it is the best in town but no, I would not go that far. I would definitely say it is among the best ones in town – there are others elsewhere just as nice or perhaps even nicer and I thought it did not look as red (from the use of sweet potatoes in the making of the gravy) that morning, making it look more like the mee rebus that I used to enjoy so much in Singapore, 1973.
I asked for their nasi lemak special (RM5.50) and got one fried egg…and one fried chicken wing…I could tell that they used the same batter that they would use to fry the prawns for the fritters but no, I did not get any of the latter. Sadly, the rice was not lemak – I could detect a very faint hint of the santan (coconut milk) in it, barely noticeable, I must say and I don’t think any pandan (screwpine leaves) was used in the cooking. However, on the whole, it was all right as I could eat the rice with the sambal and everything else that came with it and to my delight, they gave two of this salted fish…
I counted five, all very fresh, very succulent and firm and sweet…but all of them were very small and they could have garnished the dish with a sprinkling of chopped spring onion and/or daun sup (Chinese celery) and a few bits of sliced fresh, red chili for a bit of colour.
My missus had their tomato rice with ayam masak merah (RM7.50)…which we thought was quite all right, not anything to get us running back for more but I would rate it a lot higher than the nasi kak wok that I had.
I ordered their nasi lemak special (RM6.00)…and asked for the ayam percik but the girl said they would serve that with chicken rendang…This time around, I thought it was good, the chicken rendang, but between the two, I felt the ayam percik was nicer. The rice was quite lemak (rich with santan/coconut milk) and not hard and dry like what I had at some places around here and some were so bad that they might as well just serve plain rice instead and on the whole, I did enjoy my order
They all had the nasi kerabu ayam percik, drumstick (RM6.50)…and yes, they loved it a lot – the exotic flavours and fragrances and its mild spiciness!
In the end, I decided to just go for her nasi lemak special again (RM5.00)…and yes, I got the fried egg this time though it was a bit overdone and yes, the rice was far from satisfactory but like most of the rest, with the sambal and the daging masak hitam, I quite enjoyed it, I would say.
He suggested the mee racun Azzuna, kambing (RM12.00). I did not tell them this but though I enjoyed it very much, I did feel it was a bit too pricey. Yes, the lamb was so very nice – it was something like lamb stew, the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender and the gravy was like what one would find in a stew except that it was spicy so they probably had lots of chilies and dunno-what-else in it. However, considering that that was quite a lot of meat, what they could have done was to give just one slab of it instead of two…with the noodles or rice with slices of cucumber or tomato or lettuce by the side and charge a more affordable RM6.50 or RM7.00 for that
I tasted it and it sure swept me off my feet! There was this very strong taste of good quality traditional Foochow red wine and she certainly was very generous with the ginger – I absolutely enjoyed it, my new favourite, I must say and I sure would be making my way there again for more.
And now, the moment of truth – the rice! No, I’m afraid it was not lemak enough. I could detect the fragrance of the pandan but not the lemak-ness of the santan (coconut milk). All in all, I would say that I did enjoy eating it, mixed with the sambal and everything else but no, you sure would not catch me rushing back for more.
Well, I had this one…the other day and I shared the photograph on Facebook with the caption, “Simply the best!” My bad! I liked it so much that it just slipped my mind that I should say it was my favourite, it was very good…anything but “the best“.
Chicken chop (RM9.50)…with mushroom sauce – I guess that alone would be quite filling already seeing that the serving here is usually quite big.
I had the fried rice with masak hitam beef (RM8.00)…and that somewhat disastrous-looking fried egg on top…but thankfully, the yolk was still soft and runny so never mind the look, it was to my liking even though I am very sure the guy is quite capable of doing a much better job at it like this one that I had here before…
I had the nasi lemak (RM4.50)…No, this is not my favourite in town – there is only a slight hint of the lemak-ness (richness owing to the santan/coconut milk added). However, I do enjoy the one here as I would usually request for the curry chicken/beef or masak hitam beef to go with it. Even without those, it is still very nice as they are very generous with the very nice sambal…
I had the ayam penyet nasi goreng…which was all right. I particularly liked the fried rice…but they seemed kind of stingy with the sambal now – they used to give a lot more.
I asked my girl if she wanted pecel lele for dinner and she said yes so we dropped by the place and that was what she had (RM7.50)…but to our disappointment, the rice was not wrapped in banana leaf… steamed. That is the main draw when it comes to the nasi ayam penyet here, the very thing that puts theirs a head above the rest. Thankfully, other than that, the rest of what my girl had was fine.
This time around, I had the nasi ayam penyet (RM7.50)… The slab of chicken thigh……appeared rather small but it was all right – very nicely done, not hard and dry and actually, that was quite enough for a very nice meal though personally, I do feel that I enjoy their pecel lele (ikan keli/catfish) more. I think I will just stick to that the next time I drop by here again.
I asked for a recommendation and they unreservedly told me the Fish Fillet Burger with Egg and Cheese (RM 3.90) was their bestseller. This actually tasted pretty good! I liked the crunchy fish fillet and the creamy egg with the pillowy soft chu nu miang. Nice!
She had her favourite sambal fried kway teow here…with a special request for it to be extra spicy, of course and I ordered the same for my girl but I asked for it to be fried “white” or without soy sauce, that is…She did not seem to enjoy it so much though and was struggling with it and in the end, I think she barely finished half of it. I did try a bit and I thought it was all right just that it was not quite the same – I guess we are more used to having soy sauce in our char kway teow and would prefer it that way.
She ended up having the tom yam hung ngang (big bihun) from one of the stalls instead (RM8.00)…The mum declared that she had it before, praising it to the skies and insisted it was really very good and kept saying repeatedly that they made their own bay kar /ikan tenggiri (mackerel) fish balls and so on and so forth.
We enjoyed the fried kway teow from the Melanau/Muslim stall right next to the kampua mee stall in the coffee shop so I went and ordered the special (RM5.50)…and for that, I got one fried egg and one chicken wing. Other than the fact that both of them seemed rather small, the egg wasn’t exactly fried the way I would like it but on the whole, it…was all right.
My girl wanted the porridge (RM4.00)…which I would say is my favourite in town. Yes, she did try it before and it was very much to her liking as well except that she would not touch the three bits of intestines…and the two thin slices of liver in the porridge so of course, I helped myself to those
I ordered the tomato kway teow special that I had before not too long ago, the regular not the special and it was really good. The kway teow was so very well-fried…I could detect the wok hei fragrance as I loosened the strands of the noodles.
Soon, my order arrived (RM8.00)…- my Foochow fried noodles, the moon version, special with all the liver and innards, char siew, strips of meat, fish cake slices, fried tofu and oh me oh my, it was as good as it looked.
Fried kway teow (flat rice noodles), wet (with sauce/gravy) I tried it and was glad to find that it was very nice. It had that much coveted wok hei fragrance and the guy was very generous with the added ingredients…unlike elsewhere where you will get bits of meat and green vegetables hardly visible to the naked eye for that same amount of money.
Their braised pork rice (RM5.00)…Of course I wasted no time at all in ordering that and yes, it was very nice – very generous with the pork…and there was one whole hard-boiled egg by the side. I certainly would much sooner go for this than what I had here for a ringgit more and no egg.
I remember I quite enjoyed what I had there sometime ago but this time around, the red wine was very sour, so sour that it would have been great had it been a bowl of zhao chai hung ngang. I suspected they did not manage to get hold of a good batch of the wine – sometimes it can be sour – but a friend commented on Facebook that she would go there quite regularly and everytime she had the mee sua, it was sour. If I had known that, I would have gone some place else, not there. I remember it was RM6.50 the last time I had it but it is only RM6.00 now, I wonder why.
I did not try it until 3 or 4, my afternoon tea time that day so it was cold already, not as nice as the previous time when I bought some and ate them right away, piping hot, in the car. I quite liked the mango cream filling…
I got the cheese croissant (RM4.50 each)…which had that delightful buttery fragrance and taste and was so very flaky that I had to brush the bits off the front of my t-shirt after I had finished eating it.