Thursday, May 07, 2009

My favourite Ayam Kampung Goreng @ Nasi Ayam Kampung, Medan Selera Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur


memorise this place to get the best ever experience

Recently I had a chance to try some Malay fine dining food. While the flavours were very different from street food, it left me craving badly for the typical nasi campur (mixed rice). Didn't help when my colleague started going on about his favourite place too, which turned out to be my all time favourite Malay food outlet. Part of the Hassan's huge empire of ayam kampung goreng (fried free range chicken) restaurants, this seems to the best outlet I tasted so far (vs Shah Alam and Puchong) as it shares the same kitchen as the original place in Subang Jaya. Most of the time, I dine at the Shah Alam outlet since it is the nearest to the office.

gone in 60 seconds...just like the movies

Get here early as there's always a crowd. Not sure if you can see but we got here at the stroke of noon and people were already crowding all over, waiting for the food to be ready. Most of the items are brought in here from Subang Jaya but the chicken is fried on the spot. Getting it fresh from the wok is essential, hence you find it dissapearing as fast as a luxe sports car in the Gone in 60 Seconds movie. While the chicken pieces don't yield much meat, it is all worthwhile as it tastes sweet and juicy. You basically see families carting away plates of the fried chicken and for some like our friend, Mr. A - one piece is never enough.

best way to spend a Sunday afternoon, relax, read the paper and get a great lunch

Being the not very adventurous type, we rarely vary what we pick from the nasi campur line. Here the food has a Kelantanese slant and is reminscent of what you get from the famous Restaurant Hoover in Kota Baru. We both have our favourites - my yummy clams cooked in a not spicy yellow coconut rich curry, paku pakis goreng (fried ferntips) while he always reaches for his dendeng (fried and flattened beef) drizzled with this wickedly rich coconut sauce and the sticky and sweet fried peanuts and ikan bilis (anchovies). Another must - enjoy all this with your hands especially the fried chicken, which seems to taste nicer when you pick the juicy bits with your fingers.

Give it a try the next time you're around this area and I definitely guarantee you won't be dissapointed. Total bill for both of us, usually is around RM20 - a sum we always gladly fork out as we get the utmost pleasurable food experience here. For bigger and more pictures, check out the Flick set.

Nasi Ayam Kampung
35, Medan Selera
Kampung Baru
Kuala Lumpur

(Halal. Opposite the stadium. Closed on Fridays and open for lunchtime. Other outlets are also found in Subang Jaya Taipan, Puchong, Section 13 Shah Alam, Cheras Velodrome, the rest stop at Taman Awan Besar and etc. Read my previous
blog entry on this for more information.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

20 comments:

sc said...

i've only been to the one at velodrome.. same orders always- the chicken, dendeng, ikan bilis wth peanuts and clams gulai. and polish it off with soursop juice! deeelicious!

boo_licious said...

sc - tummy rumbling already! aiks, not lunchtime yet.

eyna said...

i wanna try out the outlet in sect 13, shah alam. is it also called "Nasi Ayam Kampung"? Which area? opposite stadium or near the giant area? do they open for dinner? thks boo..

boo_licious said...

eyna - it's called Hasan's and it is at the shophouses near Giant. Not open for dinner, only lunchtime. It is at the same row as Rafi's and opposite the Laman Seri houses.

boo_licious said...

eyna - link to previous blog entry abt the shah alam one. For very freshly fried chicken, go to the kitchen and help yrself.

http://masak-masak.blogspot.com/2008/05/malay-food-restoran-hassan-section-13.html

J2Kfm said...

such small drumsticks ... but looks may be deceiving. i'm sure the crowd itself is prove enough of their worthiness!

550ml jar of faith said...

Oooooh the drumsticks just scream MOIST! I have yet to make my way to Kg Baru despite its wild popularity for real Malay food, tsk tsk!

email2me said...

The chicken size looks more like a fat pigeon to me. hahaha

eyna said...

thks for the info boo... sad that they dont open at night..

Siti Hidayah said...

yah, i've also tried d ayam at velodrum, Bandar Tun razak.
pehh..very tasty.
ushud try it too..

Tummythoz said...

M the least adventurous in nasi campur dishes. Always pick similar ones unless someone else let me try a bit upfront.
To think of it, I've never been to that part of town for lunch.

thenomadGourmand said...

RM20 for all that is not bad..i do luv malay nasi campur..open on weekends somemore! goody.. ;)

Sugar Bean said...

Selling out quickly means that it's delicious in some day. Gotta try this out some day. Think I have too many things to try!

Nic (KHKL) said...

i've been to the one at the awam besar stop. what really attracted me was the sambal belacan. the flavours were so well put la. and to go with all the ulams, yummy! great, lean ayam kampung as well.

kim_me said...

my dad juz ta pao a few chickens from there 2 days ago..
it was reallly really good!! hehe

foodbin said...

kampung chicken always have a fragrant taste.

Flower said...

I want some real malay lauk. Here in Perth, we have a big Malay community, originally came from Christmas and Cocos Island. But somehow their malay food doesnt taste as good as our Malaysian Malay food. Eventhough I'm a Malay, I cant good a real lauk kampung. Malunye....

worldwindows said...

I can eat 5-6 of these ayam kampung thighs if unrestrained. Really good.

boo_licious said...

j2kfm - they may be small but damn tasty stuff you want to eat more and more.

550ml - you must, the variety of Malay food around that area is mind boggling or more like tummy crazy.

email2me - hmmm, they're not very big chooks hence I guess the meat is sweet?

eyna - quite normal, nasi campur places don't open at nite. Usually only the "goreng" stuff available.

boo_licious said...

siti hidayah - sigh, always on my todo list which grows bigger by the minute.

tummythoz - quick, make a change and eat out of the box?

thenomadGourmand - definitely 10xs better my RM500 Malay fine dining meal!

sugarbean - yeah, Msia is definitely food paradise.

Nic - no budu for you?? Next time I'll try the sambal belacan, sounds very good.

kim_me - lucky you! Yup, the fried chicken here rocks.

foodbin - thumbs up to that!

flower - think it takes time to get it right. Recipes often look simple but I'm sure there's hidden techniques in there.

worldwindows - finger licking good stuff!

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