Stay longer…

Well, I sure am glad that the nasi lemak guy is still around. Hopefully, he will stay a whole lot longer this time and will not disappear again. There were two days when the stall was not open and I did ask him why once and he said there was a large order for some kuehs that they were making at home so they did not have time to prepare the stuff he would need at his stall.

I noticed that he has a nice new sign at his stall now…

New sign

…but he is still using his previous menu…

Old menu
*Archive photo*

…though already weathered and faded. It looks like his stall is also open for business in the evening as well, from 4.00 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. for those of you who can’t drag yourselves out of your beds till the sun is already halfway across the sky.

Actually, I did tell him that he should just increase his prices as he sees fit. After all, everything is getting more and more expensive – grated coconut for squeezing santan (coconut milk) was RM4.00 a kg before Ramadan, RM5.00 during the fasting month and the Raya and now it is RM6.00 a kg. The most important thing, I told him,  is that he should never scrimp on the ingredients and compromise on the taste of what he sells. If we want cheap, we can just go and buy those RM1.50 packets wrapped in brown paper at all the Malay kueh stalls in town (they used to be RM1.00 each sometime ago) while those who are looking out for quality, value for money, would not mind paying a little bit more.  I guess at this point in time, he does not see the need to so he is still maintaining those same prices.

I did buy the regular sometime last week as it so happened that he did not have any chicken that morning, 8 packets altogether for my friends to try. Needless to say, this time around when I dropped by a couple of days ago, I wanted the one with the chicken and I was delighted that he was having ayam masak merah

Ayam masak merah

…for a change. I certainly would prefer that to the usual plain fried chicken.

Yes, the rice was as lemak (rich in santan/coconut milk) as ever and there were the usual condiments…

No peanuts

Wait a minute! What happened to the peanuts? He must have forgotten to include those – I certainly would ask him the next time I drop by his stall.

The one with chicken is just RM1.50 more…

Nasi lemak ayam

…which is pretty reasonable, considering that they are selling it at RM2.00 a piece, never mind whether it is drumstick, wing or any other part of the chicken, at my favourite Malay food stall a short distance down the road that opens around 10.00 a.m till past lunchtime on weekdays.

I did ask him if his business had picked up since I blogged about it and he said yes and thanked me for it. He also added that there were some former customers from years and years ago and they all came back after reading about it in my blog. Hopefully, he will do well enough to keep him going and make him stick around…

This NASI LEMAK STALL NO. 17 (2.313869, 111.825808) is located at Bandong Walk, Jalan Bandong a few stalls away from the roti canai stall, somewhere in front of this shop in the block where the 1Malaysia clinic is.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

13 thoughts on “Stay longer…”

  1. Ah I feel like eating nasi lemak now after reading this post. It is good that his hp number is available on the sign so you can call ahead before dropping by to buy the food.

    Yes, good to call first, see if he’s open so one would not end up going all the way to find that he’s closed.

  2. Ooopsss wrong timing to visit. LOL…did not expect to see nasi lemak. And now my tummy is growling.

    Hi! How are you? Have not seen you around for a long long time! Probably longer than the time when this best nasi lemak in town went MIA. Welcome back, you’ll stick around, won’t you? Nice to have you back.

    1. Lol…I’m good. Just been really busy these days. Hardly have that much time to blog hop around like I used to… 😂nothing changed much over here, ya…I still feel hungry whenever I read your posts.

      I do hop by yours to look see what you’ve been up to and comment sometimes but for no particular reason, I have not done it for a while.

  3. At last you have found the nasi lemak rice (rich in santan) which suits your tastebud. I prefer to have ayam masak hitam to ayam masak merah.

    Masak merah is just a little bit more than tomato sauce, hitam is, of course, nicer.

  4. I agree with you. I’d rather pay a little bit more (within reason) for quality ingredients – especially if those ingredients are fresh and free of chemicals.

    I bet he’s a happy man today – I saw a comment on my Facebook link to this post. A friend’s feedback (one of the eight I bought that day), not only nice but also so very cheap so his friend is sending somebody over to buy for her whole staff in her office! Wowwww!!!!

  5. I will prefer the ayam masak merah too…

    I don’t mind it done in any other way, better than just plain fried.

  6. Not a fan of Nasi Lemak, the name “Lemak” puts me off xD a typical Malaysian-sesat here

    I guess you’re thinking of lemak as in fat but actually its is lemak as in rich in santan. I would insist on the rice in nasi lemak being lemak, all the nyonya kuehs like serimuka being extra lemak…and the masak lemak whatever too, must be very lemak. Having said that, moderation is the key so one should not go overboard and have it all the time.

  7. Another stall with good lemak rice. And yes, I too need the ikan bilis with peanuts with my nasi lemak.

    It’s the same stall, the one with the very nice extra lemak nasi lemak, so worthy of its name…and the very nice and spicy sambal. Peanuts would be a standard condiment, should not have left it out.

  8. nasi lemak kerang for me, since i adore cockles! 🙂

    I did not try this time around but the last time, years ago, I think he used the canned ones so of course, I was put off by it. Would not want to order again.

  9. Memang worth the price for one piece of chicken more.. yes, I love peanuts too in the nasi lemak and sweet spicy sambal as well… oh yes, crispy fried ikan bilis tambah lebih sikit too… hahaha…

    To me, the most important thing is the rice – must be very very lemak. All else is secondary. This one has an added bonus – the sambal is VERY spicy and VERY nice. I so love it and that is why I keep going back for more.

  10. I had nasi lemak at a seminar today. Unfortunately the rice was all soggy though the sambal was rather good.

    This one is always perfect. In fact, I have never had a soggy one anywhere, just some that are a tad hard and dry, not as nice…and all in all, all this while, they have not been lemak enough, all disappointing…until this one.

  11. RM1.50 for additional chicken is super cheap. It’s good to know your blog helped connect his former customers back to him.

    Glad to be of service. Always happy to help these people trying their best to earn an honest living.

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