Remember how I mentioned yesterday that only in Malaysia, you find food everywhere. Well, not only do you find it everywhere, sometimes they're located at the most unlikely places. I've heard of stalls within the meat cutting areas of markets, next to chicken sellers, car washes, mechanic shops and etc. Take for instance, this particular Nasi Kandar restaurant. Located within a light industrial area amid car workshops and factories, it still draws in the customers with their famous Nasi Kandar.
The origins of Nasi Kandar can be traced back to Penang where it was peddled by Indian Muslims who used a long pole (known as the kandar) to balance the food in two large containers. Till today, most places which serve this extremely popular dish, still display a picture of the Nasi Kandar man or the container which was used to store the rice.
The food is simple fare - a big plate of steamed rice coupled with vegetables (either curry bean sprouts or cabbage), a pool of curry sauce which is mixed from various types of curries and deep fried chicken. If you don't fancy deep fried chicken, choose from a variety of other cooked curries. At this restaurant, they also offer deep fried ayam kampung (free range chicken). What makes the dish extra special is the "ganja" at the side. Nope there's no cannabis or anything illegal inside it. It's essential deep fried bits flavoured with spices. Extremely addictive especially when sprinkled on top of your rice.
This particular stall serves pretty budget Nasi Kandar and is a popular haunt of people who work around here. Although you can have it with steamed white rice, I tried their yellow Nasi Pulao which was pretty good too and fragrant with spices (RM5.50). On Fridays, they serve their version of Nasi Briyani known as Nasi Berani Guskah.
Raihan Nasi Kandar Asli Pulau Pinang
No. 5, Jalan Penggawa U1/75
Batu 3, Light Industrial Park
Tel No: 019 - 207 8886 / 016- 263 7886
(Halal. This is at the light industrial area further down from the Glenmarie shophouses if you are coming from the Shell Station towards Shah Alam stadium. Open from 10 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, they close at 3pm)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
Tagged with: Malaysian Food + Nasi Kandar