Thursday, 23 January 2014

Restoran Selera Pengasih: Nasi Lemak Petai Tiong Nam @ Jalan Tiong Nam, Kuala Lumpur

Nasi Lemak is somewhat one of the national dishes of Malaysia, one which every Malaysian would always savour. In my quest to identify good Nasi Lemak places, I recently visited this particular restaurant that is located along Jalan Tiong Nam, parallel to Jalan Raja Laut in Kuala Lumpur.

Restoran Selera Pengasih along Jalan Tiong Nam

Simple Layout

More Seating Spaces

Indoor Spaces Are Also Available
Famous for it's Sambal Petai Nasi Lemak, this restaurant is located right opposite Wisma Havela Thakadass, closer to the rear side of the Sime Darby building. There is a covered outdoor seating as well as two shop lots which cater for indoor seating. Previously, this restaurant was owned by a Chinese gentleman with Malay staffs and cooks. Now, it has been taken over by an Indian Muslim group and hence, even Indian food is available now.. It is famous among the locals in this area as well as the KLMUC students as their campus is just right opposite this restaurant. 

More Indian Curries Available Now

Items For The Nasi Lemak
This restaurant has very long operating hours. They start at 11 am daily and this goes on till late night whereby they close briefly at 4 am and they serve delicious hot Nasi Lemak throughout the day and night. The rice is prepared in limited amounts and is cooked again to top up thus ensuring the supply is always hot and fresh. Besides their famous Sambal Petai, they also do have other sides to accompany their Nasi Lemak which includes Rendang Chicken, Spiced Fried Chicken (Ayam Berempah) and a number of other dishes. They also serve Roti Canai but that starts only around 4 pm and goes on until closure. Service here too is very efficient and they would attend to you almost immediately once you take your seat.

Teh Tarik @ RM 1.40
Previously, their drinks used to be prepared by an Indonesian guy but now after the takeover, it is prepared by an Indian Muslim man. Their tea, is good and I would rate  it at 9/10 .

Nasi Lemak Petai @ RM 2.50

Eggs Fried to The Right Level

Sambal Petai

Peanuts and Fried Anchovies
Their basic Nasi Lemak with Sambal Petai comes at RM 2.50 per plate. You get  really a lot of rice with a huge heap of Sambal Petai and fried egg with each serving. The rice is very aromatic and has a lovely fragrance to it. It is prepared very nicely and you get a strong 'Lemak' flavour from it. Their Sambal Petai is made using the large anchovies which makes it really good and they slice the Petai's into smaller bits and this allows the juices to spread out thoroughly in the Sambal. It is also cooked slightly on the spicy side but that's on a tolerable level. The gravy of the Sambal too is not diluted and hence emanates a strong taste and dominates the dish. Overall, it is surely a taste to remember. I would rate their Nasi Lemak Sambal Petai at 9/10 .

Chicken Curry @ RM 3.00

Juicy Chunks of Chicken
The Chicken Curry was very well prepared and tasted very similar to the Tamil style of cooking. It was far better than what you would usually get in a typical Indian Muslim restaurant and the spices were so aromatic. I would rate this dish at 9/10 .

Tempe in Spicy Sambal Hijau @ RM 1.00

Closer Look at the Dish
Having some Indonesian population around, there were a few Indonesian dishes that were prepared too and the above Tempe is one of them. The dish was excellently prepared but would be slightly spicy for most Malaysians. I however enjoyed the dish. My rating for this would be 9.3/10 .

Sambal Chili
As I wanted a little more spice, I took a small helping of the above Sambal . It was provided free of charge. The Chili Paste was super spicy, the kind of spiciness that would leave your tongue on fire but I really loved it. I would rate this at 9.7/10 .

Mee Goreng @ RM 5.00
Their Mee Goreng was another excellent preparation. Prepared more towards the wet style, it had a wonderful flavour to it and there were loads of egg, chicken, prawn cakes and tofu in the dish. Slightly on the spicy side but would definitely be a treat to any Mee Goreng lover. I would rate their Mee Goreng at 8.3/10 .

For Nasi Lemak lovers, I think it is worth giving this place a try and check out their offering. The portions here are huge, the taste is good and the service is humble. Definitely a place that I would recommend. Besides, with the recent takeover, they have much more to offer now and from what I had tried, they were all really good.

Address: No.2, Jalan Tiong Nam, Off Jalan Raja Laut, 
                  50350 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 0400 Daily

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