Nominate and vote for the best Nasi Kandar

THE search for the Best Nasi Kandar in the Klang Valley, which is the final category in The Star People’s Food Awards, is still on until May 10.

Readers can send in their nominations for nasi kandar by visiting their favourite eatery, taking a photo of the dish (photos must be their own and not taken from blogs or websites with no less than 1MB in size) and submitting their written description of the food at mob.com.my

Voting will take place from May 15 to 31.

The Star People’s Food Awards is a monthly contest that recognises the best Malaysian street food based in the Klang Valley.

This week, we feature two popular nasi kandar eateries. – Photos by CHAN TAK KONG and MUHD SHAHRIL

 

RESTORAN YASEEN NASI KANDAR PENANG

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Restoran Yaseen Nasi Kandar Penang in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is still a go-to place for one of the best nasi kandar in the city.

Nestled between several motorcycle shops in the heart of Chow Kit, the restaurant still draws its fair share of customers.

Here, the queue can be long, but the wait is certainly worthwhile.

Steamed rice is served with various curries such as chicken and fish head, fish roe, prawn sambal, fried squids, and more.

Hidden gem: Nestled between several motorcycle shops in the heart of Chow Kit, Restoran Yaseen Nasi Kandar Penang still draws its fair share of customers.
Hidden gem: Nestled between several motorcycle shops in the heart of Chow Kit, Restoran Yaseen Nasi Kandar Penang still draws its fair share of customers.

Typically, a mixture of curries or sauces is scooped over the rice, which gives this meal a distinctive flavour.

A typical meal consists of rice, steamed okra and a meat dish. Prices can start from RM6.50 onwards.

I opted for the fish curry with kuah campur or mixed curry and steamed okra.

The fish was very fresh and tasty, while the different curries lent the dish a unique flavour.

Unfortunately, the fried chicken was slightly dry and overcooked.

Restoran Yaseen Nasi Kandar Penang is open 24 hours.

However the restaurant is closed from 1pm to 2pm on Fridays.

The restaurant is at 351, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur.

 

RESTORAN KUDU BIN ABDUL

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One restaurant in Kuala Lumpur which has been attracting a long line of customers to its corner-lot restaurant since 1969 is Restoran Kudu bin Abdul.

The restaurant in busy Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman serves only nasi kandar with a variety of meat and seafood, vegetables and curries.

Hard at work: A worker at Kudu bin Abdul Nasi Kandar taking a customer's order. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes from Monday to Sunday, with daily specials listed on a neon board in the restaurant.
Hard at work: A worker at Kudu bin Abdul Nasi Kandar taking a customer’s order. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes from Monday to Sunday, with daily specials listed on a neon board in the restaurant.

Restaurant manager Haja Noordhin Bashir Ahmed said his father in-law started the business after leaving Penang for Kuala Lumpur.

“He ran a restaurant with his brother in Penang and the dishes they served were family recipes,” he said.

Getting there can be a hassle but it is worth the drive. You can find parking behind the restaurant.

Their daily specials are dishes like Ayam Kampung Kurma, Ayam Merah, Ayam Madu, Ayam Kampung Goreng, and Ayam Goreng Masala.

You can also opt for sides such as tauhu sambal, fried fish, salted egg, ladies fingers, and seafood like prawns and squid.

Their fried chicken is also good. I chose to try their special Ayam Sambal Bawang, which costs RM4.50.

Family recipes: Restoran Kudu bin Abdul Nasi Kandar serves only nasi kandar with a variety of meat and seafood, vegetables and curries.
Family recipes: Restoran Kudu bin Abdul Nasi Kandar serves only nasi kandar with a variety of meat and seafood, vegetables and curries.

Haja also recommends their Soy Sauce Beef (daging kicap) and said that it was the late P. Ramlee’s favourite.

With the big piece of chicken on my plate, I got the waiter to douse my rice with all the curry they had and added pickled cucumbers.

My bill was RM6 for a big piece of chicken with curry and vegetables.

You can quench your thirst with either their iced lime juice, or sirap bandung soda — a mixture of bandung with grass jelly and ice-cream soda.

The restaurant is open daily but is closed only once a month on a Sunday.

It is located at 335, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur. Business hours are from 7.30am-8.30pm from Monday to Friday. The restaurant is closed from 12.45pm to 2pm on Friday and from 7.30am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.


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