WHILE I was in UK for six months I did not really miss our local Malaysian food. I think it’s because I don’t eat a lot and I only eat things that I like. Some friends say I’m not adventurous despite having helmed the F&B Desk in my past job.
About the only thing I missed while abroad were our local fruits, the durian and rambutan. And thanks to the hot weather I had to wait a month before I could indulge once I got home. While I’m not a terrific cook, the few dishes that I love, I excel in cooking them. So no complaints there.
Being in the UK showed me one thing: Malaysians do not take pride in their local cuisine. This is reflected in the quality of the Malaysian dishes served in some of the Malaysian-owned food outlets found in the UK. I feel adapting the local recipes to the taste buds of the world is understandable but adapting does not mean sacrificing quality.
So, of course, it is understandable that I just couldn’t wait to sit myself at a typical Malaysian cafe that serves local favourites like Lontong and some kuih muih (local cakes).
|The outlet has a corner showcasing some traditional kuih.|
There was quite an impressive selection on the menu – noodle and rice dishes as well as servings of breads and kuih muih. The Nasi Empit (pressed boiled white rice cake) served with Rendang Daging or Ayam (A traditional meat dish) and Kuah Kacang (thick sauce made of roasted groundnuts and chilli) caught my attention. I love Nasi Empit and Kuah Kacang in the mornings and not many outlets serve them. The one place I know that did was Cheechah also in Kota Damansara but they have since wrapped up.
BUT look at what I got!
|Something is clearly wrong with the outlet's food presentation.|
|The Nescafe Tarik was worth my time.|
|The Kuih Lapis is okay though not the best one would have tasted.|
My conclusion over the quality of food is that the Kuah Kacang is delicious enough. It has the right consistency and a good balance of flavours. The Nasi Empit though is a bit too hard and using rice of better quality or using the correct amount of water when boiling would help make the difference. The Nescafe Panas is good, so is the Kuih Lapis although it’s a little bit sweet for my liking but the Cucur Badak isn’t worth the money paid.
All in the bill came to RM12.18sen with RM5 going to Nasi Empit, RM2.20sen for two pieces of Kuih Lapis and RM1.80sen for two pieces of Cucur Badak. The drink cost me RM2.80sen. Worth it? No. The food can be of better quality and the drink can be slightly cheaper.
|Presentation of food is lacking attention but the Kuah Kacang and drink get half a thumbs-up.|
Lot G19, Giant Kota Damansara
No. 16 Jalan PJU 5/1
Kota Damansara PJU 5
47810 PETALING JAYA
Recommendation to owner:
You need to rethink your art of food presentation, no matter how simple.
Recommendations to customers:
• Don’t eat there if you are particular on how you are served.
• Don’t expect great food as the quality differs from one dish to the other.
• Go if you crave for a good hot Nescafe Panas.