She’s gone…

I enjoyed the nasi lemak that I had here in February and I was going to go back again for the nasi campur – the lady said she was going to have that beginning in the month of March but when I dropped by the other day, I found out that she was gone! I don’t know if she has called it a day or moved some place else but in her place, there were these two Indonesian ladies…

Chopsticks Indonesian ladies' stall

Ah well! Since I was already there, I thought I might as well give it a go and see if they had anything good to offer. The chicken for the ayam penyet looked good and since they were Indonesians, it couldn’t possibly be any more authentic that that, I’m sure. However, my missus said no…no…no!!! We have resolved not to eat chicken for a long long time, never mind which part, not after the scandalous episode revolving around some indiscriminate dumping of chicken wings here just the other day.

My missus would not want anything from the stall so she went and ordered the kueh chap (RM5.50)…

Chopsticks kueh chap

…from another stall at that same coffee shop.

I asked for the nasi lemak (RM3.50)…

Chopsticks nasi lemak

– I guess they call it nasi uduk there but wait a minute! I was positive that I saw some kacang (peanuts) and ikan bilis (fried dried anchovies) in the photograph stuck to the fridge but there were none in what I was served. Later I saw some freshly fried ones so I asked one of them and she said that they had run out and that was why I did not get any. @#$%^&^*!!!! That should not be the way to run a business. They should have told me that they had run out of the condiments and asked if I would mind going without them or perhaps I would like to order something else instead.

The rice was not lemak at all (they used a funnel to get it into that shape – I saw them doing that) but it had a very light fragrance that was quite nice, so very light that one could hardly notice it. The sambal was very good though – no, it was not anything like the regular nasi lemak sambal that most would be more familiar with but it tasted great and was very spicy. If not for it, I would feel like I was eating plain rice with those thin strips of omelette and the two slices of cucumber.

I also ordered their kway teow goreng dengan kerang, fried flat rice noodles with cockles (RM5.00)…

Chopsticks kway teow goreng dengan kerang

…and yes, there were two big ones and a few small ones. Other than those, there were some very tiny shrimps and of course, those fish balls cut into slices. Well, with all the ingredients that went into it, I thought it tasted all right but when you fry stuff using a regular gas cooker, you will never get that much coveted wok hei fragrance, that’s for sure.

I don’t know how long they will be around, seeing how nobody seems to be staying there very long – probably the feng shui at that stall is not very good.

This stall is located at CHOPSTICKS CHICKEN & RICE in the Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada area of shops, facing Lorong Taman Seduan 8, off Jalan Gambir.

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