Original source : http://www.hungrygowhere.my
Posted : October 2013
Author : Alice Yong
A hearty offering that hits the spot while staying wallet-friendly, no wonder nasi campur has enduring appeal - Alice Yong
Every true-blue Malaysian would have subsisted on nasi campur at one time or another. For the average wage earner living and working in urban areas, this budget-friendly meal is a godsend. Nasi campur’s enduring appeal among the masses can be attributed to its easy availability. Stalls that offer this humble offering abound in almost every nook and cranny throughout the country. Plus there’s always something for everyone. You’d invariably find some lauk pauk – homespun servings of fish, meat and vegetables in the form of curries, stir-fries, salads, stews, gravy-based dishes or deep-fried items – to suit your palate and mood on any given day.
A nasi campur meal can be as basic or as indulgent as you want it to be. Most vendors will offer about five to 10 dishes of lauk on the average. Popular eateries like Laila Tom Yam in Kampung Baru and Sambal Hijau in Kampung Sungai Penchala churn out a veritable buffet that features more than 80 types of lauk in addition to the ubiquitous dips and condiments such as sambals, ulam and jelatah.
According to Zainuddin Abdullah, or Pak Din, his nasi campur stall proffers 30 different dishes each day besides the regular ikan bakar (grilled fish) selection. “My wife Rosnah cooks everything from scratch daily with help from our workers,” said Pak Din. “She will taste and approve each dish before it’s put out for sale.”
The hallmarks to good nasi campur are variety, good taste and reasonable pricing. Look for nasi campur stalls that serve freshly cooked food with a balanced selection of meat, fish and vegetable dishes, prepared in different ways. Food hygiene is equally important so take note of the stall surroundings, the cleanliness of the kitchen and those working in it, and the state of the food on display and how it’s served. You don’t want to end up with an upset stomach after a nasi campur meal.
Help yourselves to the mind-boggling selection of Malay and Minang dishes: gulai urat lembu (beef tendon curry), ikan bakar, crab curry, kerabu mangga, prawn sambal, spiced fried chicken and fish, and so much more to go with plain rice for lunch and dinner.
Price: A meal here will cost about RM13 onwards per person
SAMBAL HIJAU | Address: Lot 2990 Kampung Sungai Penchala, Kuala Lumpur | Tel: 03-7731-2045 | GPS Coordinates 3.162498,101.625879 | Opening hours: Daily 7am – 2am | Halal
PAK DIN IKAN BAKAR
Must-try dishes include ikan asam pedas (tenggiri cooked in spicy, sourish gravy), paru goreng sambal (fried cow’s lungs with spices), rebung masak lemak (bamboo shoot cooked in coconut milk), beef rendang and ikan bakar that’s grilled to order based on your fish of choice. There’s catfish, stingray, cencaru (hardtail), kembung (mackerel) or jenahak (mangrove snapper) amongst others.
Price: Expect to pay about RM10 onwards per person for a simple meal including ikan bakar
Insider’s Tip: Head towards the back of Pak Din’s nasi campur stall to check what’s the freshest catch of the day. The ikan bakar is best eaten with his signature concoction of tamarind juice with sliced shallots, bird’s eye chilli and chopped tomatoes.
PAK DIN IKAN BAKAR | Address: Stall No.5, Kompleks Makan Tanglin, Jalan Cenderasari, Kuala Lumpur | Tel: 016-369 7894/012-320 1731 | GPS Coordinates: 3.144248, 101.691091 | Opening hours: Mon – Sat 7am – 2.30pm (Closed on Sundays and public holidays) | Halal
LAILA TOM YAM
Sited two doors away from Noor Arfah Batik, this eatery has no visible signboard but you can’t miss its metal canopy outfitted with an ornate chandelier and two Dutch lamps. The other giveaway is the L-shaped table that’s laden with 50 or more kampung-style dishes.
Price: Lunch should cost about RM6 onwards per person
LAILA TOM YAM | Address: Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur | GPS Coordinates 3.1636135, 101.7096761 | Opening hours: Mon – Sat 8am – 4pm (Closed on Sundays) | Halal
Established in 1984 by local starlet Rubiah Suparman, notable Malay dishes here include sambal udang petai, daging salai lemak cili api (grilled and curried beef with bird’s eye chilli) and ikan patin tempoyak.
Price: Expect to fork out about RM10 onwards per person
RESTORAN PUTERI | Address: 146 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur | Tel: 03-2274-7831 | GPS Coordinates 3.132032,101.687071 | Opening hours: Mon – Fri 7.30am – 10pm, Sat 7.30am–5 pm (Closed on Sundays) | Halal