I changed my mind…

The last time I was here, there was an Iban family at the next table and I saw the little boy enjoying a plate of mee goreng (Malay fried noodles) that came with a big piece of fried chicken, probably the special, and I decided there and then that I would come back for that one day.

That was exactly what I intended to do that day when I was in the vicinity but when I got to the stall, I saw that they had nasi lemak and I changed my mind right away.

I spoke to a girl there who was not wearing a tudung and spoke very fluent Mandarin that put mine to shame and confirmed that it was indeed a Malay/Muslim stall. There are quite a lot of non-Malay/Muslim stalls around here selling nasi lemak these days.

I asked for their nasi lemak special (RM7.00)…

…and I must say that I was quite impressed by its appearance when it was served.

Uncle Roger called this…

the perfegg Asian fried egg (9:20), a class above the “white people fried egg“, smooth and white and no texture. Of course, I would insist that the wok and the oil were clean so there would not be any of those black spots on the egg.

The fried chicken…

…was as nice as fried chicken should be, no more, no less but unfortunately, the rice was a bit dry and hard and not lemak and the sambal

…did not taste a little sweet like what one would usually get with nasi lemak. The fact that it was very spicy did not save the day. I would give them the double thumbs up though for removing the heads and the insides of the ikan bilis (dried anchovies) – most of them here do not bother at all.

All things considered, I think I would try something else the next time I come to this part of the woods. The guy at the next table had the Sarawak laksa from another stall inside the coffee shop and it did smell nice. Perhaps I’d go for that to see if it is any good!

e-CAFE (2.311913, 111.846213) is the first shop right behind Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada – the block a little to your left if you are coming out of the mall via the back entrance.

Author: suituapui

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

12 thoughts on “I changed my mind…”

  1. I miss this kind of food, real comfort food.
    Interesting someone in tudung speaks fluent Mandarin, never met someone like that before.

    We are more liberal here in our part of the country, across the South China Sea. We do see Malay ladies who choose not to wear a tudung and there are more and more Malay families sending their children to Chinese primary schools – they go mainstream when they reach secondary level so we get to see more and more Malay girls wearing a tudung and speaking fluent Mandarin. I like how they are multi-lingual and speak good English too.

  2. The egg is fried to perfection. That is how I like my fried egg to be, cripsy at the edges. Frankly speaking, I am not good at frying egg but sometimes out of the blue, I manage to do it quiet well too. It all depends. Ya, agree most don’t bother to remove the heads and inside of the ikan bilis. Rare sight indeed. Thumbs up.

    Yes, very rare, indeed. Actually, we can buy ikan bilis with heads and insides removed but it is more expensive, double the price, I think. Not hard to do, actually – can sit down and do it when there are no customers around. They are way too lazy, I guess – would prefer to spend time on their smartphones.
    You will need a wok to fry an egg like that, cannot use a frying pan and you will need to use more oil.

  3. I used to enjoy Malay style mee goreng from the canteen when I was still working. I like the way they fried it spicy. The nasi lemak looks good and delicious.

    Their fried noodles, plain, always tastes better. Maybe it is the sambal, the sauces used. The Chinese ones are usually garlic, soy sauce and msg plus wok hei – their plain is really plain.

  4. Nasi lemak is always irresistible. Perhaps the next tome you will finally try the mee goreng? 😀

    So sad that it was disappointing. I dunno if these were the same people who were here many years ago – I did go for the nasi campur and it was very good. Well, one thing at a time – the mee goreng will be next!

  5. How many languages can you speak?

    Not many, just English and Malay and Hokkein/Fujian plus a sprinkling of the other Chinese dialects and the local ethnic dialects, Melanau and Iban.

    1. That sounds like quite a few 🙂

      Pretty common here. I guess overseas, generally people only speak one language unless they go and study another one in the university as a subject.

  6. That looks rather decent.
    I think the rice and the sambal are the most important things.
    If they’re not good, then the fried chicken would not help much.
    I personally prefer to have ikan bilis in the sambal.
    The spicier the better.
    Sambal in Singapore tends to be sweeter and runnier.

  7. Looks pretty good, needs a bit more sambal but it’s perfect otherwise!

    No, the sambal was not tasty, not the standard nasi lemak sambal. Even with more of it, I don’t think it will help much.

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