Be nice…

It does not matter that a place is so very popular or what you serve is so very nice, if you cannot be nice, then I shall just go elsewhere.

Imagine going to one place and the people there are as cold as ice, not that keen on talking to you and visually showing that they are most unhappy about whatever…or worse, there are places where they will scold you if, for instance, you happen to ask one question to many. I would much sooner settle for less and go to places where everyone looks very happy, is so cordial and so friendly and makes you feel at home.

Well, my missus did not cook lunch that day so I went out to buy something for the three of us. I dropped by here but was informed that they were out of sambal sotong. I don’t know how the nasi (rice) is now but the last time I had it, I was kind of disappointed that it was not as lemak (rich with coconut milk) as before.

I did tell the guy before that in view of the fact that the prices of things keep going up, it is all right if he increases the prices of what he sells provided he maintains that same quality…but obviously, that fell on deaf ears. Maybe he feels that others may not take too kindly to any increase in prices and may stop buying from him after that.

In the end, that day, I decided to walk over to this place a stone’s throw away and buy their nasi lemak

Kopi Kopi nasi lemak 1

…home instead.

The boss spotted me first in the distance, walking in their direction and of course, he greeted me and asked me how I was and said that he had not seen me for a while…and I also got that same warm reception from his wife when I reached the shop. Yes, they are all such nice and friendly people. You just feel so good when you go to places where the people are like that, unlike some that I have had the displeasure of encountering. I did not think it was that long but when I checked my blog, I think the last time I was there was in July. Good grief! How time flies!!!

Well, I never thought the rice here…

Rice

…was all that lemak and I also noticed that day that they blended the fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and mixed it with the sambal

Sambal ikan bilis

…making it a bit different from the regular ones – it tasted something like the canned sambal ikan bilis to some extent. Personally, I prefer the usual ones.

The chicken rendang

Chicken rendang

…on the other hand, was very nice and like I always said, your nasi lemak may not be all that great but with some nice add-on stuff and mixed with a delightful sambal, it will, without doubt, taste really good!

I don’t actually know how much that was – they told me the total, I just paid and left. If I am not wrong, I think I did see RM6.50 somewhere, RM3.50 for the nasi lemak and RM3.00 for the chicken…and I sure was delighted when my girl ate it and said it was very nice. Unlike the dad, she is usually not that into nasi lemak.

KOPI KOPI Café & Kitchen is located at the blocks of shops, at the back facing Bandong Walk (2.313869, 111.825808) and the main road.

Author: suituapui

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

4 thoughts on “Be nice…”

  1. Not really a fan of nasi lemak so doesn’t really bother whether lemak enough or not but I love the chicken rendang that goes with it. All this while, you have been hunting for good nasi lemak, wonder if you have found it.

    The thing is if it is not lemak then don’t call it nasi lemak…and charge normal plain rice/nasi campur prices. If I eat nasi lemak that is not lemak after having paid more for it, I feel cheated!

    The two places mentioned in this post were all right – the other one was the best when the guy started but lately, I feel the lemakness already kurang. Still, better than most, if not all, of the rest.

  2. Nasi lemak with chicken rendang is what I missed. Miss a good chicken rendang.

    Yes, had that elsewhere, nothing memorable, most of them. This one here is good.

  3. Same here, I always like to be friendly to people and get the same response from them, nice, friendly and kind hearted, makes you feel so much at home. Cannot stand those grouchy and rude people.

    Good that the nice chicken rendang made up for the not so lemak rice.

    Don’t know how that kind of people can go into business and there are people willing to go and get scolded and insulted, not that they are eating for free. So so so stupid!!!

  4. They have done studies on this. Places with pleasant service will have repeat visitors even if the food is not so great.

    Exactly!!! There are some snooty people at some places where they think they’re God’s gift to the culinary world – I would NEVER step in those! Would rather settle for less.

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