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Ikan Bakar is one of the type of local dish that has its name completely wrong. If you translate it to English, ikan = fish, bakar = burn (or grill if you stretch it). But instead of grilling on open fire, ikan bakar these days is more like frying on a flat pan with a sheet of banana leaf in between. Which is just the way we like it.
Kak Jat Ikan Bakar, Jalan Bellamy
A few months ago I wrote my first article on Jalan Bellamy’s ikan bakar stalls at Mak Alang, and while it was a pretty good experience, we only went there because the consensus best ikan bakar stall at the area – Kak Jat Ikan Bakar, was already packed to the brim. This time around, we made sure we’re early enough to get a table.
quite a good variety of other dishes as well as ikan bakar
Like most ikan bakar places, Kak Jat also offers a variety of different other dishes ala nasi campur style. Grab a few of these, order some fish to go with, pick your sambal of choice, grab some rice, and you’re good to go.
the tilapia (on the right) was surprisingly awesome
As far as choice of fish goes, you get pari (stingray), kembung, terubok, tilapia, and more. I felt that the fish here was prepared with that extra umph to it, the skin seemed crispier with the marinate they have that is different from others.
I’m not a big tilapia fan, but if you’re at Kak Jat, do yourself a favor and order it, they are pretty special. The tilapia skin here is a chunk of coagulated spices & marinate in which we had no idea what they are made of, but so-so delicious! Give it a try!
asam pedas with stingray (bottom right) was one of my favorites
On the side dishes, other than the usual ulam, I also really enjoyed the asam pedas (stingray with salted vegetable curry), I felt that their version here is almost as good as the one at Kampung Baru Man’s Cafe Asam Pedas.
And before I forget, the grilled squid here is definitely worth ordering as well.
makcik makcik agreed that this ikan bakar stall is the best
Overall, we had a great lunch and a bucket of sweat, but it was worth it. If you’re heading to Jalan Bellamy for ikan bakar, this is the stall to check out.
Kak Jat Ikan Bakar
GPS: 3.130557, 101.694670
Nasi campur, or Malay mixed rice, is usually a pretty uneventful type of meal. You pick a few dishes from a couple dozen precooked “lauk” to put on top of steamed rice, and go about filling up your stomach.
Unless of course, you head to Istana Budaya.
Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur
Most people associates Isatana Budaya as a place where you dress up to catch a fancy play such as Puteri Gunung Ledang, but did you know that they also serve perhaps one of the fanciest nasi campur over lunch?
Well, I was just as surprised when I got there the first time with a couple of my colleagues who are just as big a fan of good food as me – Razi & Amalia.
yes, this nasi campur spread looks like a luxurious buffet
The nasi campur spread here looks as good as any hotel grade buffet, complete with a huge selection of halal dishes, including appetizer, main course, dessert, and even selection of kuih and other tea time favorites.
The modus operandi though, is the same as any nasi campur places – fill up your plate, go about filling it up with your favorite dishes, head to the counter to pay, and makan!
laksa, sago gula melaka, and more
Other than rice dishes, there are also noodle dishes such as laksa. I also recommend ending the meal with a small container of those really sinful yet delicious sago gula Melaka.
Amalia sure looked happy
Prices are not out of the ordinary, a usual meal cost less than RM 10 in an air conditioned dining hall, and being located at a big function building, parking is not a problem either. Have a try!
Every once in a while, the bunch of jokers at work would organize a fun “eating out” session, usually when one of us has something to celebrate and belanja the team.
A few weeks ago, we ended up at Jalan Bellamy for some good old fashion ikan bakar on one of such occasions.
Gerai Mak Alang Ikan Bakar Jalan Bellamy
Tucked behind Agong’s old palace between Jalan Syed Putra & Jalan Istana is a small hill that is very different from most part of KL. There’s virtually no development, you can’t find any big commercial buildings or high rise offices. A place so close to the hustle & bustle of the likes of Puduraya and yet immune to the change of time.
It is here that you find some half a dozen ikan bakar places, all packed with hungry lunch crowds any given afternoon.
Gerai Mak Alang was the restaurant of choice for our excursion.
tempoyak is always a plus at ikan bakar places
Gerai Mak Alang offers quite a good selection of grilled fish and other dishes. You have the standard ikan pari (sting ray), kembung, tilapia, and even terubok (toli shad, full of annoying tiny bones but with the softest meat ever). There’s also a selection of sambal to complete the dishes, including my all time favorite – tempoyak!
prawns, cuttlefish, and cockles are available too
In addition to fish, they also offer prawns, cuttle fish, and cockles. I expected the cockles to be of the Nong & Jimmy bakar method, but it came coated with curry powder/sauce instead, which turned out to be quite ok nonetheless, but I would still prefer it grilled tho.
The cuttle fish was superb though, soft, succulent, and tasted supremely fresh. The prawn seemed to be prepared similar to nyonya asam prawn style, which was mighty fine by me.
food is always best when enjoyed with great company
Food quality is more than decent, and we certainly had a great time at Jalan Bellamy. There are a few other stalls still yet to be explored for me, and judging by the amount of crowd, I believe they are all worth trying out.
Gerai Mak Alang
GPS: 3.130557, 101.694670
Several weeks ago I was invited to one of the most unique dining experiences at Chyuan’s Tiffin Underground Supper Club.
While popular in some parts of the world, the idea of supper club is relatively new in Malaysia. It is basically a private dining affair at someone’s residence with with a menu of the chef’s choosing. A sort of omakase or degustation menu at a more intimate dining setup restaurants can’t provide.
Chyuan’s Tiffin Underground Supper Club
Chyuan’s Tiffin is located at Endah Promenade at Seri Peataling, while it is an “underground” supper club, the premise is actually pretty high up in the air with a great view of KL city.
Chef Raymond Kwong, Chef Muk and Chef Eddie Kwong are the three contributors to this idea. Chef Muk specialises in Thai cuisine while the two guys in Nyonya recipes. The combination works well for my kind of taste.
our dinner for the night, mixture of Nyonya and Thai delights
Chyuan’s Tiffin caters group of 4-8 people per dining session (call or enquire on FB, more people = cheaper). Our review session was for party of seven. When we arrived in the evening, the mixture of Thai & Nyonya affair was already mostly prepared.
Thai laksa, steamed tilapia, raw prawn salad, fried chicken with lime leaves
We started out with raw prawn salad that’s served with home made green chilli dip that packs a punch. The raw crystal prawn here reminds me of the one we had at Thai Garden Village at Kepong, except better.
The Thai laksa has a thick broth with sardine fish as one of the main ingredients, together with rice noodle, mint, basil leaves, and some sambal, made for an excellent main dish. Many of us went for second.
The steamed tilapia was stuffed with herbs and best consumed by wrapping chunks of it with lettuce and mint leaves, a dash of the same green chilli dip and you’ve got a winner.
steamed banana cake & santan marshmallow, petai with prawn, salted fish tofu
Fried chicken with lime leaves is a dish best consumed while hot, so perhaps it lost some crispiness while we took our time taking photos, I did like the fact that copious amount of garlic is used.
Petai is one of my all time favorite Asian food ingredients, hence it is suffice to say taht I really enjoyed the stinky bean stir fry with kaffir lime. The dish isn’t overly strong, and having it prepared in a non spicy way provided a welcoming change.
The salted fish tofu is another pretty interesting dish, if you like “cincalok”, you’d love the pairing of this slightly harder type of tofu with it.
Haze and KY showing the biggest and smallest tea sets
For dessert, I really enjoyed the santan marshmallow and the steamed banana cake with coconut milk. However, the Coconut Cake with Green Peas Paste and Coconut Meat wasn’t executed to perfection as it should.
Overall though, it was a very unique experience with pretty good food. If you haven’t tried anything like this before, give them a call.
Chyuan’s Tiffin Underground Supper Club
Seri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.063769, 101.697083
Tel: 012-917 6268
While most people have a set group of lunch buddies at workplace, I tend to join different groups of colleagues and friends for lunch escapades, maximising the opportunity to try something different.
Today’s adventure brought us to the R&R Bukit Awan, somewhere near OUG & Bukit Jalil on the Shah Alam Highway. Our target was Restoran A. Hassan for some Ayam Kampung.
Hassan Ayam Kampung at R&R Awan Besar, Lebuhraya Shah Alam
Our “tour guide” of the day was Lukman, who previously introduced us to another equally excellent Restoran Salero Negori at Dato’ Keramat.
I was a little bit skeptical on a place at a highway stopover, but when we were greeted with the huge lunch crowd at the place, any doubt I had instantly went away.
they have more than ayam goreng kampung
While the restaurant pride itself on Ayam Goreng Kampung (deep fried village chicken), there are plenty of other dishes to choose from. Much like most nasi kandar places, there’s a wide variety of curry with fish, chicken, beef, lamb, and vegetables. One thing for sure though, there isn’t many dishes that aren’t spicy.
we had chicken, beef curry, anchovies, ulam, and plenty of sambal
For the four of us, we took 6 pieces of ayam goreng kampung, a plate of beef curry, sambal anchovies, and a healthy serving of ulam (raw vegetable to be consumed with sambal).
The chicken, being their signature dish, was not a let down at all. The meat was firm yet tender and full of flavor, adding a bit of sambal and you’ve got yourself a winner. The beef and anchovies proved to be worthy companion dishes as well.
such a lovely lunch, thank you Lukman for bringing me there
The meal totalled up to be slightly over RM 10 per person including drinks. I’ve never had a highway stopover meal nearly as good, this is a place I’ll definitely go again.
Other than Awan Besar R&R, Restoran A. Hassan also has branches at Kampung Baru, Shah Alam, USJ Taipan, and Puchong.
Restoran A. Hassan Ayam Kampung
R &R Awan Besar (West Bound)
Lebuhraya Shah Alam
47100 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Lunch and Dinner