The focus of my Scrumptious Saturday posts thus far have been mostly on food of Chinese origin because that’s what I eat most of on a daily basis. However, living in Malaysia where we have cultural dan racial diversity, our food too is culturally diverse. I love my spicy food and I’m always on the look out for a good Malay food stall or an Indian restaurant. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the Mamak “Nasi Kandar”.
Mamak are Malaysian people of Tamil-Muslim descent and the food is usually similar to the Indian style with liberal use of spices and curries in their cooking. “Nasi Kandar” lit. “Rice balanced on a pole” originates from the days when hawkers would carry their wares in large pots on a pole which they balance on their shoulders. What Nasi Kandar really is, is steamed white rice with a variety of foods and curries.
Nasi Kandar is known to have its origins up north in Penang but there are many popular shops and stalls around KL these days. I went to one recently with my family (we all love our spices!) – a famous one at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman – Kudu bin Abdul. It was our first time there and believe me when I say you have to queue for your food!
The shop is an unassuming corner coffee shop with no frills or fancies or air-conditioning. It is crowded as it is extremely popular with people of all races and getting a table is hard. We ended up sitting on the five foot way :)
The fried chicken is lovely! Crunchy and marinated with spices before frying. Granted, its all unhealthy but for a once in a while treat, nothing beats a good juicy piece of fried chicken, hot from the wok!
Here’s the spread we had – fried chicken, beef cooked in spices, fried fish, curried squid, vegetables and a plateful of mixed curries that makes Nasi Kandar so special.
Do you enjoy eating Nasi Kandar? Or have you eaten this before? I don’t eat it often, because its not very healthy. But once in a while, especially a good one, just bring it on already! :D I’m also taking recs for your favourite Nasi Kandar shops/stalls so let me know where to find the best ones k? ;)
Scrumptious Saturday : One day in a week where I dish out random scrumptiousness from my other love – food!