Things change…

I went out early last Saturday morning to buy the very nice laksam here for my girl’s breakfast – she sure enjoys it a lot and of course, I bought a few extra packets to keep in the fridge to heat up and enjoy as and when we feel like it.

On the way home, I stopped by here along the way to buy their nasi lemak

Bandong Walk nasi lemak 1

…for our lunch, RM5.50 a packet with sambal sotong.

It used to be so so good, second to none. The instant you opened the lid of the insulated rice container, the fragrance of the santan would surely sweep you off your feet. However, I think I did mention before that lately, it had been somewhat disappointing. Things change – the prices of coconut, shallots and everything else for that matter have been shooting up like nobody’s business but they are still selling everything here at those same prices. Personally, I wouldn’t mind an increase as long as they maintain that quality in what they dish out but I guess others may not share those same sentiments.

It is still good, that much I would say, still a bit lemak and more lemak than most, if not all, of the rest. The sambal sotong

Bandong Walk nasi lemak 2

…tasted more savoury than sweet, not quite like the regular nasi lemak sambal.

Incidentally, if you opt to have the ayam goreng (fried chicken), the boss has enlisted the services of one of the boys who used to run one of those fried chicken stalls to cook the chicken to go with the nasi lemak. I saw some in the display cabinet – the drumsticks seemed like they had a lovely crunchy coating, not unlike Colonel Sanders’. I would give it a try the next time I come by here.

Another thing the boss told me was that he had taken over the corner shop in the block of shops a stone’s throw away. That used to be a seafood restaurant – I don’t know if they have moved to another unit there or they have called it a day. When the place is ready, one can sit there comfortably instead of in the current makeshift kind-of-dilapidated shed with an assortment of old tables and chairs and discarded banners which are such an eyesore really, for  a bit of shade against the morning sun!

I guess the place will be open in the morning, around 7.30 usually, right through till lunch time and other than the nasi lemak, there is their very nice mee jawa and by mid-morning, they also have nasi biryani. According to the boss, there will be somebody selling some western delights at night. I probably would not be rushing there to try though – I hardly go out at night these days.

The NASI LEMAK BANDONG WALK stall (2.313869, 111.825808) is located at Bandong Walk, Jalan Bandong somewhere in front of the block of shops

Author: suituapui

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

5 thoughts on “Things change…”

  1. Maybe you can let the seller know that some customers like you do not mind the price hike. Perhaps they can make a survey. Price hike or food of lesser quality.

    I did but no obviously, he just turned a deaf ear. He was very happy to see me that day, said he had not seen me for a long time, didn’t seem to realise that I had gone elsewhere in search of something nicer…but to no avail.

    Many are not even half as nice but I guess people are not so bothered as to whether the rice is lemak or not as long as the sambal is nice or there are nice add-ons…like that one place nearby – I love the chicken rendang and the rice ain’t too bad so that is why I’ve been going there instead for a while now.

  2. Not really a fan of nasi lemak but nasi lemak with sambal sotong sound nice from the usual ikan bilis sambal or fried chicken. Most people only care about quantity over quality. As long as their tummy are filled up, that is all it matters.

    I guess so. I did find the McD one and also those in the frozen section in the supermarts more lemak than what we have here but they are all rather expensive. Maybe our locals dunno how to cook it well. Sad.

  3. Oh. They taking over the other shop?? Hope they maintain the quality of food. I love nasi lemak, must have some lemak to it.

    Yes, looks like they are doing very well even though the rice is not so lemak anymore, just a bit – not good enough for me!

  4. Even after two decades of living in Asia, I still see rice as lunch and dinner, not yet brekkie.

    Same here, except for nasi lemak though I do prefer it for a little later in the morning or for lunch, not quite my standard Malaysian breakfast.

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