I won’t complain…

Believe it or not but right now, this…

…is my favourite nasi lemak in town!

A Malay lady cooks this at home and delivers a few packets to our neighbourhood fruit & vegetable sundry shop in the next lane from my house every morning at 6.00 a.m. I did manage to buy a couple of times, later in the morning, one or two packets that were left over for the day.

I did not know until the other day, the boss of the shop finally told me, that the lady would send it over at around 6.00 a.m. every morning! Of course I stopped by there after sending my girl to school the very next day and yes, the packets of nasi lemak were there, waiting! I grabbed all 6 of them, RM1.50 only each and had one…

…for breakfast and one for lunch and another one for dinner. The ladies had the rest.

At that price, I really have no cause for complaint but based on my criteria for judging a good nasi lemak, yes, the rice is well-cooked, not hard and dry nor soft and soggy, the grains still visibly whole…

…but it falls a bit short with regard to its lemakness – it is not lemak (rich in santan/coconut milk) enough for me.

The sambal, on the other hand, is simply perfect! Yes, it has that familiar regular nasi lemak sambal taste, a little salty, a little sweet and quite spicy and yes, the lady is very generous with it…

Of course, for just RM1.50 a packet, I do not expect much when it comes to the added ingredients…

– the two or three peanuts and the ikan bilis, a stamp-sized piece of omelette and a slice of cucumber. I am quite happy to enjoy the rice with the sambal alone.

At one time, they were selling this nasi lemak wrapped in brown paper for RM2.00 each that was very nice too and it did look that there was a lot more inside. Then they stopped until one fine day when this one appeared. The lady boss at the shop insisted that it was from the same source (the Malay lady) except that she is selling it in plastic bags now. Of course, it does not matter to me one bit since this one is also very nice and needless to say, I shall be buying more in days to come to take home and enjoy…

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – next to a hair salon at the extreme end…and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and Mini-supermarket.