Ever since I fell out with love with the nasi lemak here, I have yet to stumble upon one that is really good except for this one that they sell in little packets

…at the neighbourhood fruit & vegetables sundry shop in the next lane from my house for just RM1.50 each.

No, it will not sweep anybody off their feet but the rice is not hard and dry and I can detect a hint of the lemakness (richness) of the santan (coconut milk) which is something I really cannot say about all the nasi lemak that I’ve tried here, there and everywhere. Perhaps there are good ones somewhere but so far, I have not come across any that is worth going back for more, not even one. Truth be told, I might as well be eating plain white rice with the sambal and it would pretty much be the same.

Sad to say, though the one in those little packets has a bit of the coveted taste, I would say that the added condiments in each of them are a sorry sight…

You will get TWO peanuts, ONE slice of cucumber and a few miserable ikan bilis (dried anchovies). No, don’t dream of getting any hard-boiled egg in it, not even a few thin strips of omelette…and as if that is not pathetic enough, they seem to be getting a bit stingy with the sambal. There is barely enough to mix with the rice adequately…

I am quite sure it wasn’t that bad before.

There used to be more when it was wrapped in brown paper…

…but of course, they were selling it at RM2.00 a packet at the time. Frankly, I do not mind it one bit if they raise the price a bit, provided they do not scrimp on the ingredients so pathetically.

At one time, they were selling these RM5.00 packs…

…probably from a different source but it was nice too and no, I did not complain! Unfortunately, I never saw those ever again – probably, most of the other customers did not think it was worth spending RM5.00 on that even though they were getting a whole lot of stuff inside, chicken nuggets even and yet, they willingly part with that kind of money for a plate of kampua mee with a few paper-thin slices of boiled meat coloured red to make them look like char siew!

Well, as they say, beggars can’t be choosers so until I find one that is worthy of its name, nasi lemak, I shall just have to be happy with this one. I wish they would raise the price a bit though – after all, EVERYTHING is increasing in prices like it is never ever gonna stop…and make each packet a bit more presentable, less pathetic.

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.

Author: suituapui

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11 thoughts on “Pathetic…”

  1. I am not a fan of nasi lemak but I know most of them taste like plain white rice as sometimes I do buy for my hub who like nasi lemak. Worst still most of them use the low grade rice with a type of smell and same goes to chicken rice. How much is that packet of nasi lemak with few miserable ikan bilis, 2 peanuts and a slice of cucumber?

    1. RM1.50 only. Kuching too? I thought that is the problem here only. We even have a Chinese stall selling nasi lemak with NO santan. He said takut chow sui! Surprisingly there were people going for it!!! I saw on Facebook a stall in Kuching, opens after 9.00 p.m. The queue, one mile long! Dunno nice or not!

  2. Most maintain the price but not the ingredients and portion. Like you said, I don’t mind the hike in price provided they maintain the quantity.

    I had nasi lemak bungkus last week. Same price but lesser peanuts and sambal, no anchovies. Aduhai!!

  3. At RM1.50 we can’t expect much and I agree with you that they should raise the price and make in a more decent nasi lemak. It’s quite miserable that nasi lemak tsk..tsk..tsk…

    1. After all, prices of everything have increased. We would not be upset if the increase is reasonable. No point paying less and they shortchange us in the quality.

  4. OMG that is a crime, Nasi Lemak on plastic the only way to go on this one is the traditional one, otherwise you wont get the banana leaf essence

    Yes, I cannot understand why they cannot get those banana leaves. Those trees are EVERYWHERE here! They can just stop by one growing by the roadside and help themselves! They do that during Ramadan, the fasting month when the demand is so high and supply at the market may run a bit low…so it may be hard to get the leaves at the time for making all the things they use it to make.
    And there is hardly any santan (coconut milk) in the rice, most if not all of them here in town. Not nice at all!!!

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