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Several weeks ago, a bunch of us went for another lunch session that’s worth sharing, especially for those who work or stay near the East side of Klang Valley – Warisan Rasa Kuale (Ribu Ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat. A place that serves up quite a good selection of local Malay dishes, and some awesome ikan bakar to boot.

Warisan Rasa Kuale (ribu ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat
Warisan Rasa Kuale (ribu ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat

Warisan Rasa Kuale is located at the food court right opposite Sapura building on Jalan Enggang at Taman Keramat. The stall itself is deep inside the food court and not visible from the street, you’ll have to walk some 20 meters in.

The food court is your typical medan selera with tables covered in laminated plastic, and plastic chairs that are usually good enough to barely hold the weight of average Malaysian. Hygiene isn’t top notch, but was acceptable.

huge selection of ulam, ikan bakar, and other lauk
huge selection of ulam, ikan bakar, and other lauk

The selling point of this stall is the choices of ikan bakar and the dishes they serve. There’s no less than half a dozen different fish to choose from, including siakap, tilapia, kembung, keli, bawal, caru, patin, and even salmon! Additionally, they also have grilled lamb and grilled prawn.

There’s also over a dozen different ulam to choose from. You want pegaga? petai? cherry tomato? bitter gourd? They’re all here.

you gotta have greens, and spicy stuff!
you gotta have greens, and spicy stuff!

Other than those grilled stuff and green stuff, there’s also a good selection of other dishes. There’s fish curry, sotong, several types of masakan lemak, there’s kangkung belacan too.

Overall the food quality was rather good, and we liked that they serve three different types of sambal with ulam. I particularly enjoy the ikan bawal bakar (RM 20) with it’s fatty flesh, as well as their grilled lamb (RM 7). Those are some of the must-order dishes if you’re there.

fulfilling lunch for sure
fulfilling lunch for sure

If you’re up to some awesome traditional Malay lunch not far from Keramat/Ampang area, this is quite a decent place to check out. Prices are quite reasonable for what you get too.

map to Medan Selera Taman Keramat

Address:
Warisan Rasa Kuale (Ribu Ribu)
Medan Selera Taman Keramat
Jalan Enggang, Dato’ Keramat
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.176489, 101.753114

I first learned about the Dato’ Keramat ikan bakar from my Malay colleagues when they tapao some all the way to KLCC for lunch. Fast forward a couple years later, I finally managed to convinced one of my colleagues to follow me there for a quick meal.

Mat Teh ikan bakar at Dato' Keramat
Mat Teh ikan bakar at Dato’ Keramat

After a bit of searching and asking about at the market, we finally located Mat Teh Ikan Bakar, with the stall situated within the Dato’ Keramat wet market, facing the parking area.

We immediately knew that we were at the right place, the place was packed, and on the grill was at least 30 pieces of grilled fish in the process of cooking, all neatly wrapped in banana leaves for that extra flavor.

huge slab of ikan pari, soup, and ulam
huge slab of ikan pari, soup, and ulam

For this trip, I ordered a piece of ikan pari (stringray), which also comes with a generous amount of ulam (Malay style salad) with sambal, soup, and a plate of steamed rice.

The fish was thick and huge, it was probably meant for two person, which also explained why it cost something like RM 14-16 (but definitely worth it). The cooking method utilizing banana leaf ensures that it was plenty juicy and flavorful, and with those accompanying sambal, I was more than satisfied.

the place is very busy, and with good reasons
the place is very busy, and with good reasons

Mat Teh stall also offers some pretty good juices, I had a glass of mango juice which complimented the meal very well.

This is definitely a place I want to go again, but this time I’ll make sure to share the fish with someone else, Shabana can’t be just an observer drinking teh ais again.

shabana - my partner in crime
shabana – my partner in crime

If you’re in town looking for some good ikan bakar, this is one place to check out. Getting there is as easy as taking the LRT and getting off at Dato’ Keramat station.

map to dato' keramat ikan bakar

Address:
Mat Teh Ikan Bakar
Dato’ Keramat Wet Market
Opposite Dato’ Keramat LRT
Jalan Dato’ Keramat
GPS3.166079, 101.730992
Tel: 016-336 2123

At workplace, I am a bit of a freelancer when it comes to lunches. Most people have a group of colleagues or friends they always lunch with, but I sort of wander around a little bit, hanging out with different groups of colleagues and friends. Partly to socialize with more, and mainly to appease my appetite of having wide variety of different lunch options since most groups usually to go to the same places repeatedly.

Restoran Salero Negori, at Jalan Gurney, KL
Restoran Salero Negori, at Jalan Gurney, KL

A couple weeks ago I joined a group of Malay colleagues on a bit of a lunch excursion to this place suggested by our friendly Indonesian expat by the name of Pak Alwi to this restaurant located at Dato’ Keramat by the name of Restoran Salero Negori.

The name is pretty self explanatory – a restaurant that serves Negeri Sembilan delights. My only previous such experience was to Restoran Rose 911 at Kampung Pandan.

plenty of different dishes to choose from
plenty of different dishes to choose from

Restoran Salero Negori is located in a converted bungalow house along Jalan Gurney (not to be confused with Persiaran Gurney which is in Penang).

As with many Malay restaurants, the set up is pretty similar to “chap fan” or nasi kandar style. Most food are already prepared, and you just point and pick what you want. The benefit is that you don’t ever need to wait more than 5 minutes before food is served.

duck egg, fried brinjal, smoked beef curry, vegetable, chicken, squid
duck egg, fried brinjal, smoked beef curry, vegetable, chicken, squid

For lunch, we ordered up qiute a big feast for the six of us. There’s boiled duck egg, smoked beef curry, paku pakis, deep fried chicken with rempah, curry squid, curry chicken, and more.

I find the beef pretty interesting, a bit of a smokey taste that goes well with the spicy curry. The rempah from fried chicken was addictive, but my favorite turned out to be the brinjal, covered with sambal and fried to almost crispy texture while still retaining the sweetness.

Over all, it was a very good lunch, plenty of kick, and maybe a bit too much lemak, but that’s what Negeri Sembilan food is all about.

it was a great afternoon lunch session
it was a great afternoon lunch session

We spent about RM 24-25 per person for this meal including drinks. Cheap? No. Satisfying? Oh Yes! Will go there again.

map to Restoran Salero Negori

Address:
Restoran Salero Negori
Jalan Gurney
Dato’ Keramat
Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.167662, 101.720818