When I had the nice but grossly-overpriced roti telur (RM3.00 a piece!!!) here that morning, I saw another Malay stall in front of it but it was closed. I made a mental note to go back there and check it out one day and that was exactly what I did the other morning.
I went to the car wash at 7.30 a.m. (they open at 8.00 a.m.) and it was done by 8…and the bank in my area does not open till 8.45 a.m. so I had a bit of time to kill. That was why I dropped by the coffee shop and ordered a plate of nasi lemak special (RM6.50)…
Aha!!! Another lucky day for me! There was a vacant parking space right in front of the table where I sat (and took the photograph of the stall below) so I did not have to park far away and walk all the way to the coffee shop – this place is so popular that most of the time, don’t dream of parking your car close by!
The guy was busy tapao-ing all the orders (including those for their nasi lemak) for takeaways and doing all the serving while the lady was busy frying the noodles ordered by some other customers. I would not say she was slow but I had never seen anybody taking such a long time to fry A plate of fried bihun – I bet it must be all pecah-pecah if you fry it THAT long!!!
Half an hour had gone past and my patience was wearing thin especially when all she had managed in all that time were two plates of noodles. I went up to her and asked about my nasi lemak and why it was taking so long. You do not even have to cook anything on the spot – all you need to do would be to put everything together. She was not happy obviously and she did say something in reply – I just ignored her and walked back to my table.
The guy got my order ready quickly and served it to my table right away which made me wonder why he could not have done that earlier – all those takeaways (dunno where the people ordering those packets were) could wait!!! Now, I only had around 15 minutes to eat and make my way to the bank!
The rice was all right, quite lemak (rich with santan/coconut milk) and I liked how it was not hard and dry, soft enough and still whole-grained, not over-cooked and soggy…
…was the typical nasi lemak sambal, very nice but not spicy and they were quite generous with it.
To give credit where credit was due, the lady did a good job in frying the egg…
…to perfection, in a wok, with all those delightfully fragrant golden frills all around the edges and the egg yolk still runny.
I had never had any fried chicken…
…elsewhere as nice as this one. The drumstick was coated with this beautifully crunchy and crusty batter and it was cooked right through! Ever so often, I would get so put off when I bit into the piece of fried chicken at some Malay stall only to find traces of blood still visible around the bone inside.
“Berapa (how much)?” I asked the guy when he served the plate of nasi lemak to me.
“Liew khuai pan (RM6.50)!” he replied in Mandarin. When he came back with the change, I asked him, “You Cina ke? (You Chinese)? And he replied that his father was Foochow.
Obviously they do enjoy pretty good business seeing how, besides all the cook-on-the-spot dishes, they had one BIG rice cooker of the nasi lemak ready for their customers in the course of the day. I’d probably go back again another day for the nasi lemak or to try something else…when I have more time on my hands to sit there and…wait!
That morning, I left the place quickly and drove over to the bank right around the corner and lo and behold! All the parking spaces were occupied except one, right in front of the entrance into the bank. Of course, I wasted no time at all in parking my car there! Talk about being lucky again and again, eh?
CHOPSTICKS CHICKEN & RICE (2.312434, 111.845917)…
…is located in the Delta Mall, Jalan Pedada area of shops, facing the church along Lorong Taman Seduan 8, off Jalan Gambir.