Monday, March 23, 2009

Best Nasi Lemak - Desa Melawati, Ulu Klang

RM2.50 - 1 cup of rice and the usual peanuts, anchovies, egg, cucumber and sambal (I asked for less0. Delicious cockles cooked Malay style with coconut milk, lemon grass, onions, kaffir leaves....The makeshift outdoor next to the drain stall. Morning only.
In times past (27 years ago to be exact) I have to thank these makciks and pakciks for their delicious, stomach-filling and nutritious breakfast. Of course today you can have this favourite Malaysian breakfast at any time of the day at Sakura, KopiTiams and mamak stalls.

Mind you we were really taken care off because in those days. They use the ladle and up to 2 big scoops of humonguos pandan and ginger infused aromatic nasi lemak will go into the newspaper lined with banana leaf. I will just go for the biasa which is RM0.80. Sotong pieces is a luxury. Packed it home and make a cup of thick Milo you have a common college students' breakfast. It is no wonder my generation always yearns for nasi lemak when overseas. I wondered if this sentiment is seared into our soul due to taste buds imprinted with the smell and taste of this wonder food or is it a celebration and remembrance of our survival?

Students' life back then is different and with RM250 a month of allowance I got to stretch it for rental, fuel, motor maintenance and chap fan for lunch and dinner. McDonalds' outing was just a meager once a month thing. My favourite - strawberry milkshake, yeah the good ole days.

I am wondering whether my son's generation will remember this dish when overseas given their consumption of a wide variety of gastronomic delights available. With no sentimental taste and smell roots and survival instinct honed by budgeting they will be a global citizen. And I believe it is a good thing.
Directions: Alongside Jalan 5/4C, Desa Melawati. MRR2 from Cheras. From Cheras passed the zoo and Tmn Melawati, then pass Wangsa Maju Petronas junction (left turn). Still on MRR2 you will reach flyover (Genting Highlands). Do not take flyover, take left and then keep right (under flyover) and will be at traffic lights junction. Turn right and go straight. Take 1st left turn and you will see a row of shops. ituated at the left most of the row of shops.

16 comments:

SimpleGirl said...

nastalgic feeling of the past...some food really made us think of the nice moments...anyway, nasi lemak is still a typical Malaysian food that we adore ya!

New Kid on the Blog said...

looks good and spicy too! :)

Selba said...

Nasi lemak and nasi uduk is the same, right?

mimid3vils said...

Nasi Lemak ~ Definitely Malaysian favorite food!!!

Tummythoz said...

I tried once at a big stall set up by the roadside around that area which always have a long queue on weekends. Wonder if this is nearby.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Good ol' nasi lemak! I love it plain with a hot cup of teh tarik! =D

ling239 said...

i love this type of yellowish cockles!! it is so hard to find around here.... >.<"

wmw said...

One of my fave food! Malaysia Boleh!

Little Inbox said...

The most impressed part from Malay's nasi lemak is the sambal or the thick curry broth :) They make it from scratch using dried chili and other ingredients.

Food For Tots said...

Nasi lemak with a cup of nescafe tarik are my favourite choice of breakfast. I had never tried this stall but personally like the one at Kepong wet market. ;)

CUMI & CIKI said...

love the rolls!

worldwindows said...

SG... Love the smell and taste. No comparison.

NKotB... I have problem if too much sambal so I always asked fro a small scoop. The pot of sambal must be very enticing to some.

Selba... I think so as the major ingredients seems to be the same. I should have eaten before in Indonesia.

MD3... Uniquely Malaysia, may even be the most recognisable Malaysian food besides sate.

TT... I think you are in Taman Melawati (adjacent to Desa Melawati) Medan Selera. Alot of Malay food there.

BB... I agree with plain nasi lemak. Just that I may need two packs.

L239... I think a lot of tumeric powder. Together with kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass they predominate.

WMW... Malaysia Boleh the most missed food when away.

LI... The condiment makes or breaks. Even the colour and texture are important factors to the fussy gourmand.

FfT... Must be Chinese style nasi lemak, in Kepong?

CampC... Love it well!

Food For Tots said...

No. The stall owner is a Malay man who can converse in Cantonese. According to my fren who stays in Kepong Baru, he has been in biz for many years.

worldwindows said...

I will check with a friend whose family operated a shop near the wet market in Kepong Baru (hope this is the one). Malays man who speaks Cantonese, that is easy to locate, or is it?

Food For Tots said...

There is only 1 Malay nasi lemak at this place. It is operated by a Malay man, his wife n dd. If u enter frm the paid car park, u will see a stretch of fruit stalls. Keep to your right until you reach the right turn. This stall is just behind a fruit stall. Thinking abt it, I am drooling now.....! Btw Tong Kee bakery shop is also located at this market. If u need to clarify anything, just drop me a line at foodfortots@yahoo.com.

worldwindows said...

Hi, thanks, I called my friend who grew up there and she confirmed this popular stall run by a Malay speaking Cantonese. I am going to see her for B/F next week. Hope to post my reactions after eating. Actually my residence just 15 mins away.