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A few days before bulan puasa, we had several rounds of short lunch excursions, one of which was the famous asam pedas place at Man’s Cafe in Kampung Baru. Since Ramadan has passed, I thought it’s appropriate to write about this place as it is back in business for lunch again.

Update: Place has since moved down the road next to Akar Homestay

Man's cafe updated, Asam Pedas
updated pic of the new Man’s Cafe Asam Pedas

Asam Pedas Kampung Baru, or Man's Cafe Selera Kampung
Asam Pedas Kampung Baru, or Man’s Cafe Selera Kampung

Located at the “entrance” to Kampung Baru from Jalan Tun Razak as you turn into Jalan Raja Muda Musa, the little eatery is yet another zinc roofed structure that has seen better days as a residence. Dining tables with plastic chairs are scattered about the former porch and living room of the house, with a couple rows of delicious looking dishes presented at around the entrance.

ulam, ikan bakar, sambal, tempoyak, and more
ulam, ikan bakar, sambal, tempoyak, and more

Like most Malay mixed rice places, there’s a pretty good variety of choices here – starting from over half a dozen choices of ulam, to kari ikan, ayam goreng, several types of sambal (including tempoyak aka fermented durian), telur dadar, sambal chili, terung chili, and good mix of ikan bakar.

the all important Asam Pedas (bottom right)
the all important Asam Pedas (bottom right)

While those dishes we tried were all pretty good, the highlight of lunch was their signature dish – asam pedas. It is basically curry cooked with salted vegetable that’s not unlike the Chinese spicy vegetable (a good version can be found at Peng Heong Hakka Paikut Rice in Klang), but cooked with fish instead. It was sour, spicy, and absolutely intoxicating.

If you’re up for something that can jolt your senses, Man’s Asam Pedas cafe is one of those places to check out.

map to Man's Cafe asam pedas at Kampung Baru

Man’s Asam Pedas Cafe
Intersection of Jalan Raja Muda Musa
& Jalan Raja Uda
Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.165282,101.709029

Discuss : KY eats – Asam Pedas Kampung Baru (Man’s Cafe Selera Kampung)

  1. Hi,

    I am an Indonesian and was holidaying in Malaysia before the Ramadan.My Malaysian friend brought me to Negri Seremban Negri Sembilan to try original Negri food.

    She brought me to a restoran called Hard Wood Kafe in Seremban 2. The food was fantastic and i told my friend this type of cooking can easily sells in Indonesia especialy in jakarta.

    You should try it out.

    Thank you

    • immature 2.0

      lol @ hard wood cafe…. sounds like special massage place in cheras, that also cut your hair

    • Widyan: Sounds like you had a lovely time! Interestingly, I have an Indonesian friend by the name of Widya without the N

  2. Man’s cafe? Girls are not allowed?

  3. KY, love braised spicy cooked food. Those look so good. What kind of rice you
    eat with it? It that time again for my cat bath and she seem to know and hid some where for a while. I also brush her teeth for mint fresh smell too. No fishes for
    me for cat see them as Sashimis and scare them.

    • Vickie: we usually have it with the usual steamed white rice or Jasmine rice. If the fish is big enough the cat won’t be able to threaten. haha.

  4. I enjoy the combo of sour and spicy. Looks like a yummy dish.

  5. Another place that I KNOW I would like – the asam padas sure looks good!

  6. Okki Setyana

    Interesting posts. I really liked the culinary tour. for me it is a satisfaction in knowing various cultures that exist. it seems very interesting dishes. Unfortunately I do not like spicy dish, but I am a connoisseur of all kinds of processed chicken dishes. could be a good reference. glad to know. thanks for the post.

  7. CL (RealGunners)

    I had to do a double take when I read “Man’s Cafe” LOL! The Asam Pedas really does look pretty good!

  8. Mmm asam pedas. Can salivate just looking at it ..

  9. immature 2.0

    aiyaaa how come no updates wannnnn? KL city still in lockdown mehhhh?

  10. The sambal belacan at this place is always good

  11. Hi KY,

    IMHO, I had better ones in Kepong. Had lunch today at this stall, the food is just mediocre. The dishes are so-so and very oily.

    You probably want to try the Malay Stall located opposite MCD Desa Jaya, Kepong. Their mix rice dishes selection, does not have much variety as the Asam Pedas, but definitely taste better. Not oily, healthier and fresh! Not a big fan of vegetable, but the style of cooking, makes the vegetable taste very good.

  12. azly azman

    i’m the owner of man asam pedas, currently we hv changed the location and name..
    Restoran Asam Pedas Kampung Baru at Jalan Raja Uda, same road and juz go further from old place after akar homestay.tq

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