Kelantan Delights, Wisma Consplant, Subang Jaya

*Disclaimer: This is an invited review, extended to me by PureGlutton.

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I have not been to the east coast of the Peninsular of Malaysia but I heard a lot of good things about their food from J2kfm and WMW. My chance to try out some Kelantanese-Malay cuisine was knocking at my door when PureGlutton extended the invitation to dine at Kelantan Delights to a few of us last month.

As Kelantan and the southern part of Thailand are just next to each other, there are some minor Siamese influence on their cuisine, such as the Sireh Daun Kadok (RM 21.50, picture above) which resembles Thai appetizer Mieng Kam. Their keropok lekor (RM 8.50) – a type of eastern coast of snack made of fish – was rather good with black pepper added for extra flavour.

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Typical rice dishes one could find in Kelantan are the famous Nasi Dagang, Nasi Tumpang and Nasi Kerabu – of course we couldn’t leave without trying their Nasi Tumpang (RM 18.00 with fried chicken). Wrapped with banana leaf in a long cone shape, the package also includes sambal, meat floss and curry. The rice were rather moist to our liking but the condiments were great.

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Nasi Kerabu Daging Bakar (RM 20.00, top picture) and Nasi Dagang Kerutuk Daging (RM 20.00) were another two rice dishes we sampled. The blue colour is added to the rice with the use of bunga telang (blue pea flower) to give it an interesting blue hue. It is then mixed with a plethora of finely shredded aromatic herbs and served with daging bakar (roasted beef), salted egg and crackers. Nasi Dagang on the other hand, is one of Kelantan’s iconic dish – usually served with gulai ikan tongkol (tuna curry) but here you can opt to have it with beef or chicken.

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If you’re a big eater, try Nasi Budu (RM 19.00) which comes with ulam (raw vegetables), fish, gulai kawah and sambal.

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Ok, enough about rice for the moment, here are some a la carte dishes. Belut (eel) Cili Kering (RM 24.00) and Tom Yam Udang Kelapa Muda (RM 21.50) are the spicy ones we had, with the latter served in a hollowed coconut “bowl”. We had two types of fish actually – the one showed here is Ikan Siakap Daun Kadok (RM 49.00) and Ikan Siakap Serai (lemongrass, not shown here). The lemongrass version definitely fares better in terms of flavour and aroma in my opinion. Then comes the Puyoh Goreng (RM 23.00) which are essentially fried quails. My first time trying quails, there aren’t much difference to spring chicken except maybe spring chicken has meatier drumsticks?

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The only noodle dish (if one could call this a noodle…) we had that night was Laksam (RM 14.00). Yes, Laksam, and no, that wasn’t a typo. It is very much like chee cheong fun except it is served in rolls with thick and milky coconut milk-based gravy with a hint of fish, lots of shredded herbs, dry sambal and hard-boiled egg. Not a dish for everyone as some might find it too heavy to the palate (especially with the thick coconut milk gravy).

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For dessert, we had 4 types, with Lopes (RM 7.00), Pulut Durian (RM 9.50), Royal Plate (RM 14.50) and er… Ketupat Sotong (RM 9.50). Yes, even sotong (squid) can be made into dessert as well! Lopes – glutinuous rice cake with shredded coconut and gula melaka (palm sugar) tastes very similar to our onde-onde, while for the Pulut Durian, it has a strong durian aroma but I wish they would serve it without the seeds. Royal Plate essentially has everything that Kelantan has to offer on dessert, which includes akok (slightly burnt pan cakes), jala emas (noodle-look alike), bunga tanjong (yellow beads made of duck egg’s yolks that were very rich and dense) and finally, tahi itik (literally translated as duck’s droppings). Oh yeah, the Ketupat Sotong definitely stole the limelight that night as none of us ever imagine, let alone try it. The roasted squid is stuffed with glutinuous rice and served with a savoury brown gravy. I can’t really describe how it tastes like, perhaps PureGlutton could shed some light on its mystery, hehe.

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Kelantan Delights
Ground Floor, East Wing,
Wisma Consplant 1,
No 2, Jalan SS16/4,
47500 Subang Jaya.

Tel : 03-5611 7845
Web: http://www.kelantandelights.com/ver1/main-subang.html
Business hours : 11am – 11pm
For map, click HERE.

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Nasi Lemak Famous

Such a catchy name eh?

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It’s super easy to find this place if you’re familiar with Bangsar area. Opens for business only in the evening till early morning, you can see many patrons seated by the open air area of the food court next to the stall. Mostly are enjoying the nasi lemak while some relaxing with sheesha.

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Take whichever side dishes you like from the trays but the must have would be the fried chicken with batter bits. I have always like Malay-style fried chicken and they did a good job with the marinade. If you’re lucky, it’s worth the wait for them to refill the chicken basket and you can get a piece of piping hot from the wok! I tried their pergedil, quite normal stuff. I also like the steamed coconut milk rice, aromatic with separate grains.

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Nasi Lemak Famous
Corner stall of Bangsar Selera Food Court,
Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar.
(next to Public Bank)

Who else tried this?

Nasi Padang. “Field Rice”?

Potato Will came to visit KL couple of weeks back from Washington for work, so a few of us get together for dinner and drinks. JL planned the whole itinerary for the night – dinner in Ampang, followed by drinks with the KL skyline as background and clubbing near KLCC.

JL asked me if there are any nice place for dinner in Ampang… I’m clueless except for Nong & Jimmy at Taman Cahaya. I texted Tummythoz but she replied that she seldom eat in Ampang too. So, back in square one, we search high and low of the makan blogs and we concluded to drop by Sari Ratu at Ampang Waterfront which serves Indonesian-Malay cuisine and nasi padang.

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To heighten your “drool sense”, first, feast your eyes on the dishes on display at the counter. The choices were not as much as I expected but enough to make you hesitate… “Should I get this or that one?” “This one look pretty good too…” “My favourite rendang! Wait, I already picked another beef dish earlier!” Anyway, the helpful and friendly staff will recommend some of the dishes to you and basically, you can’t go wrong with their recommendation. The Gulai Masak Nangka was pretty good, very lemak with chunks of jackfruit, cabbage, long beans and other veggies in a not-too-spicy gravy.

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Dendeng Daging which is made of fried thinly-sliced beef and serve with pounded chillies. It’s not the usual crispy type and although the texture was a bit chewy, it still taste good nonetheless.

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I tried a good version of Pergedel at Enak KL before, thus Sari Ratu’s version lack the “oomph” with lesser minced beef, more potatoes and spices. The outer crust was a bit soggy too.

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Aubergine aka eggplant/brinjal wasn’t my favourite veggie but this simple dish of stir fried aubergine with pounded chillies tastes marvelous, not too greasy and went well with rice.

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This is the first dish we ordered, Chicken Pop. We ordered 4 pieces of this to be shared among the 8 of us and all of us like it. Served with tapioca leaves and a dark and thick sauce which resembles rojak sauce (tastes a bit salty and sweet at the same time), the chicken lightly fried, thus retain the juicy, succulent meat.

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We love their Rendang a lot; tender beef chunks cooked with spicy and thick gravy. We ended up ordering 3 servings of this and literally flood our rice with the gravy. Potato Will, not really into spicy food, agreed that the dish was great too.

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And some Kerepek (tapioca chips) to end the satisfying meal.

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For drinks, I had the Alpokat juice that came in a tall glass, filled to the brim with blended avocados and chocolate sauce. It’s so thick, it filled my stomach really fast but from my opinion, it tastes rather bland.

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The colourful Ais Teler is another recommendation – akin to our local ais kacang; shaved ice, avocado pieces, coconut flesh, palm seeds and pink sago in a pinkish syrup that looks like bandung.

I reckon the next time we come here again, shall order some their fish, vegetable dishes as well as the beef rendang. The guys also ordered something which they said is a cow’s brain *shudders* and it looks like a piece of mashed, mushy vegetables (no picture on that). If Ampang is not your usual playground, you can drop by their other outlets too which might be nearer to you.

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We then adjourned to Look Out Point at Hulu Langat (with JL as the navigator) and we were surprised that the place is so packed, they doesn’t allow us to drive up to the restaurants. Instead, we had to park our cars down at the main gate and take the stairs but the view is really worth it. So, if you planned to come here on weekend, remember to come early.

Restoran Sari Ratu
No. 26, Ampang Waterfront,
Taman Kosas, Ampang,
Kuala Lumpur.

GF 42-2, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur.
(same row as Pizza Hut and Izzi)

No. G26-G28, Jalan 4/76C,
Desa Pandan, 56100
Kuala Lumpur.

Web: http://www.sariratu.com/

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