Best Nasi Lemak – Food Trip (10 Things to Eat in KL/Selangor) Part 2 of 3
Whenever my Malaysian friends would argue with our Singaporean friends that Malaysia’s food is way better, they would usually have a funny, no conclusion argument, but when the issue at hand is Nasi Lemak, Malaysia’s national food, the Malaysian claws come out and the Singaporeans are left defenseless…and now I know why.
After our breakfast and brunch which happened within 2 hours of each other (read my previous post here), we headed to the pride of Malaysia, Village Park, home of the best Nasi Lemak. I was very excited for this because I’m a big Nasi Lemak fan – I just love the fragrance of the rice and the sweet-spicy flavor of the sambal with the deep-fried chicken!
4. Village Park
5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opens 1am-8pm Mon-Sat, 7am-6pm Sun
As expected, the place was packed:
It would have been more packed but we went mid-afternoon.
Being the best Nasi Lemak place, it has been featured in lots of publications – they say the minister even eats here.
Where you can order other pre-cooked items:
Just going in the restaurant, you could already smell the fragrance of the Nasi Lemak, which is rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan.
Here’s the Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) station where the plates are lined up and filled one by one with the rice, egg, cucumber ikan bilis (anchovies) and finally, the super awesome crunchy chicken with more crunchy bits! This guy was very fast and focused. He must be used to buggers like me taking photos of him from the side.
We ordered the Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng (Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken). It was the best Nasi Lemak I’ve ever tasted in my life!!!
And also the Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang (curry chicken).
They don’t have the best food presentation, but trust me, these were AWESOME!!! If you’re visiting KL/Selangor and only have time to eat in one place, I would say just go here. That’s how much I loved the food!
I have not stopped craving for Nasi Lemak since I came back from Malaysia. What sucks is that I can’t seem to find a decent place here in Singapore that can compete with Village Park. Lining & Zhen Hong (Singaporeans) have yet to take me to one. They mentioned Adam Road Nasi Lemak, but I have very high standards now coming from this trip. Let’s see.
Thank you Malaysia for opening my eyes! Here’s my photo from Lining which I posted on Instagram. All our pics were tagged with the official theme of our trip: #MakanSomeMore (eat some more).
We were supposed to head off to Celine and Choy’s favorite cendol after, but it seemed like God has deemed that we already ate too much for the day and therefore poured heavy rains and blew strong winds on us. We had no choice but to go to the mall. After almost getting locked out of the car under the storm due to some evil woman’s intentions (again you know who you are), we ended up in The Gardens Mid-Valley where we ate some forgettable snacks. After that however came a heart-wrenching dinner.
Heart-wrenching because of the amount of lard that we consumed.
5. Restoran Ahwa
66, Jln 14/48, Section 14, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opens 6pm – 2am
The first time my colleague Frank (Singaporean) took me and Emmelyn (Malaysian) to a nearby Hokkien Mee place in the office, Emmelyn was complaining why it wasn’t color black. She was saying that the true Hokkien Mee should be black and like every food that could be found in Singapore that you could also find in Malaysia, the Malaysians would always say that Singapore’s version was “fake”.
This is Singapore’s Hokkien Mee which I absolutely love by the way. They use egg/rice noodles and no dark soy sauce. You could get this in most hawker stalls.
And this is what we had in Ahwa (Malaysia). They use fat yellow noodles with dark soy sauce (this is what makes it black) which makes the toppings of pork, shrimps and veggies invisible.
The winning ingredient of this however is LARD (pork fritters), which if you want the complete experience and are not on diet, could be ordered as an additional topping!
This probably explains this chart…
Some more, they fry it over charcoal fire which gives it the slightly burnt taste which was awesome! (this sentence applies my newly acquired Malaysian slang which I wrote about here).
Overall, the Hokkien Mee + extra lard was great, but I can’t compare it to Singapore’s version as they’re completely different for me. But if I were to choose between them, I’d say I prefer Singapore’s version as I feel it’s lighter and all the lard from the Malaysian version made my neck hurt!
We also ordered these Cantonese noodles which wasn’t good at all.
Oh, another colleague recommended the satay here. Don’t know why we didn’t get to order it…
After our long day of eating, eating and eating, we decided to go back to the hotel to rest for the partying in Changkat Bukit Bintang we were going to do that night. We thought Ahwa was already our dinner but
not surprisingly, we all got hungry again and had a regular Mamak meal. I won’t write about that anymore. However, after drinks, we had some “awesome” street food.
6. Changkat Bukit Bintang Loklok Food Van
In the middle of Changkat Bukit Bintang where all the happening partying venues are, lies this food van which offers Lok Lok, or shabu-shabu style eating with a huge selection.
The van was divided into 3 areas. The left side of the picture is where the grilling happens. The middle houses all the different types of food you can take, and the right side is where the boiling pots where you dip your food are.
When it hit 3AM and people started the mass exodus from the bars, they gathered around this bright and colorful oasis.
Whoever thought about putting this food van in this street with its very bright and colorful set-up was very very wise because it was a perfect place for:
a) Satisfying the post-clubbing hunger. Most people were already buzzed so they would just take as much food as they can.
b) Checking out the faces of the people you met in the very dark bars. “Most people look better in the dark”.
c) Last minute pick-ups for those who are about to go home empty-handed (we witnessed this and one of us fell victim to this 3x lol)!
I don’t know if it was the alcohol, but everything we had tasted great! They had 3 types of sauces and the chili was very good. We were very surprised by the bill though. For a couple of meatballs, we spent more here than our dinner! They were really taking advantage of the buzzed clubbers lol.
1 to 6 made up our Day 1. Looking back I can’t believe we ate so much, but it would still be topped by Day 2 next…
South-East Asian Fat Chart from Impressive Fitness Gym Facebook Page
Singapore Hokkien Mee from rasamalaysia.com