Give me a reason…

We used to go very regularly when they were based at this shop in Sg Antu here, not far from my house. The problem then was they had it once a week, on Saturdays only, and they were not that regular – sometimes, we would go all the way there only to be told that they did not have it that day and ever so often, the shop was closed! Eventually, it never reopened and I did not know why.

Of course, I was delighted when I saw a lot of people posting on Facebook and sharing photographs of this nasi kerabu place at the Permai Food Court, somewhere opposite the Sibu General Hospital, some 5 miles away from town and of course, it is not convenient for me to go all the way to enjoy what they have on their menu, unless I have a valid reason to go that way.

Well, my girl and my missus had to go to the hospital that day for some prescriptions so I dropped them off and headed straight to the food court. Yes, the stall was open…

Nasi kerabu warong stall

…and I decided to try their nasi Arab ayam bakar (RM7.50)…

Nasi Arab ayam bakar

…which I thought was all right, something along the same line as nasi biryani and the chicken was very well-marinated and bursting with flavours and I rather enjoyed the two together. I thought the curry, or whatever that was, was not that great, kind of sweet – all right as a “soup” of some sort but I did not like the rice when flooded with it. I was not all that crazy about the pickles either and what looked like mayo and the sambal was extremely hot/spicy. I guess it was all right if one is looking for something different for a change but their nasi kerabu ayam percik (RM6.50)…

Nasi kerabu ayam percik

…still tops my list of favorites here.

I asked for three packs to take home for dinner and other than that, they have a lot of other options such as nasi dagang Terengganu, nasi tomato and so on. My girl said she has never had nasi dagang before – I did try that once and I loved it. Perhaps I shall buy that for her the next time I drop by here.

PERMAI FOOD COURT (2.297141, 111.896163) is located among the newer shops to the section on the right of Jalan Permai, somewhere opposite the Sibu General Hospital, off Lorong Ulu Oya 11, off Jalan Ulu Oya, to the right of the Permai Hotel there.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Give me a reason…”

  1. Both the nasi Arab ayam bakar and nasi kerabu ayam percik looks good but the rice of the nasi Arab ayam bakar looks so yellowish. Is it colouring or cooked with tumeric for the colours? The taugeh looks raw with the tail still intact.

    No need to use colouring if you want yellow rice – fresh kunyit so easily available and it is available in powder form too. Yes, the vegetables are all raw.

  2. There was few stalls in the food court in emart that selling these Nasi Arab. Seldom go to that food court. I dont remember I tried the Nasi Arab there or not.

    Nasi kerabu percik looked great.

    This is probably the third one I’ve tried and I do not remember them being the same so don’t ask me what the authentic nasi Arab is like. I really do not know.

  3. Yes, it is very disappointment when we drive all the way to the shop and it is not opened…. if it is possible, I normally call up to ask whether the shop is opened or not, but of course, not every stalls have phone for us to call up.

    Yes, luckily this one has a phone contact number so I can call first before I go all the way, so far!

  4. between nasi kerabu and nasi dagang, i like nasi kerabu a bit better, but nasi dagang can be super-satisfying too! 🙂

    To me, nasi dagang is nothing more than the special rice with hints of spices in it and fish curry…and I am not that fond of the type of fish they usually use – tongkol.

  5. I would prefer to have nasi kerabu ayam percik . But the beansprouts….look too raw.

    I’m surprised you do not know it is raw…especially when you’re from the peninsula, not here. Aren’t all the vegetables in nasi kerabu raw? Nama sudah kerabu, vegetable salad.

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