Ever popular food in Malaysia…
Sunday January 6, 2008
SOME foods fade after a rage but local foodies will attest that Malaysian foods will stand the test of time. After much checking with and feedback from Sunday Metro readers, we believe the following local favourites at the recommended outlets will continue to dominate the Malaysian food scene in 2008.
A simple concoction of rice cooked in coconut milk, with a spicy ikan bilis or anchovy sambal, topped with a slice of boiled egg and a couple of slices of cooling cucumber, a sprinkling of fried ikan bilis and peanuts, and you are set to go on an adventure with Malaysia’s favourite breakfast! Recommended: Zam Zam Nasi Lemak near St Michael’s school in Alor Star; Nyonya Nasi Lemak at Jin Hoe Café in Jalan Cantonment, Penang; Nasi Lemak Tanglin at the Kompleks Makan Tanglin, Jalan Cendasari, Kuala Lumpur.
Char Kway Teow
Fried over a very hot stove, rice noodles are done super quick with prawns, cockles and fishballs and to almost anyone’s specifications, either fiery hot with lots of sambal, with lots of chives and bean sprouts and if desired, an egg scrambled into the concoction. Recommended: A stall outside Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong at the corner of Kimberly Street and Cintra Street in Penang; Restoran Lam Hing Leong at 18, USJ 14/1L, Subang Jaya; Kedai Goreng Kuey Teow Tong Shin off Changkat Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur.
This must be the most popular of all Malaysian favourites as it is food for celebration and most Nasi Kandar shops, especially in Kuala Lumpur, are filled to the brim come payday. However, the shops are always packed in Penang, Kedah and Perlis where Nasi Kandar is the daily staple. Recommended: Kedai Makanan & Minumam Kim Bee Chew on Jalan Tunku Ibrahim in Alor Star; Kampung Melayu Nasi Kandar on the gound floor of Rumah Pangsa, Jalan Kg Melayu in Penang; Yong Suan Coffee Shop on Jalan Yang Kalsom in Ipoh; and Nasi Kandar Pelita in SS2, Petaling Jaya.
Made of flour, water, salt, sugar and a dollop of condensed milk, this bread, which goes through a baptism of fire from being thrown and kneaded and massaged and oiled and then grilled to perfection and eaten either with thin curries, lentil gravies, sugar, milk and even condensed milk in the East Coast, is by far the No.1 breakfast of multiracial Malaysia, whether during weekdays or weekends. Recommended: Stall 15 of stalls opposite the Pasar Besar Kangar in Perlis; Stall next to Kurnia Insurans on Jalan Datuk Kumbar in Alor Star; Sheikh Usman Gerai Roti Canai on Argyll Road in Penang; Suzi’s Corner in Jalan Hulu Kelang, Ampang.
A plate of buttered rice, flavoured with chicken stock, with a piece of chicken – either roasted or steamed, eaten with a little soy sauce based gravy, cucumber and a bowl of soup, and not forgetting the chilli sauce that is sometimes mixed with a ginger and garlic paste. Recommended: Goh Thew Chik Chicken Rice on Chulia Street in Penang; Kedai Kopi & Rumah Tumpangan Peace in Jalan Iskandar in Taiping; Meng Kee in Tengkat Tong Shin, Kuala Lumpur.
Banana Leaf Meals
True or not, this is one of the reasons the mining community from China was said to have come to then Malaya when they had heard that people here were rich enough to throw their plates away after every meal! An imported meal from South India, banana leaf meals, lunches mainly, have become an important part of the Malaysian diet and the rice meal is often accompanied with at least four different vegetable dishes, either a dry masala of chicken or mutton, usually known as the varuval, and fried fish. Recommended: Gerai Makanan Usha in Taman Selera Jalan Othman in Petaling Jaya; Sri Paandi in Section 6 Petaling Jaya; Naga’s in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.