Over the CNY period my family and I went over to Aman Suria to meet up with a couple cousins for lunch. At the time was also a period when my dear friend Suanie kept talking about Kesom Kafe and their nasi kerabu basically every few hours, so I decided it was a good venue for us to gather for lunch.
Cafe Kesom, they could use a bigger sign board tho
Well, to start, it took me a couple go-around to locate Kesom. See, the restaurant is located right below blook warehouse (same owner apparently), whose signboard is about 10x bigger than the tiny little yellow-on-white Kesom board located behind some plants.
It’s like they purposely want to make it difficult.
now that’s what I call a sumptuous lunch
Once inside though, the treasure hunting effort paid off.
Kesom is tastefully decorated like a modern cafe, but carries some of the most traditional Kelantanese dishes prepared properly and served on wax paper akin to roadside stalls in the East Coast, all for asking price that is more than reasonable.
pulut inti, mee siam, nasi dagang, nasi kerabu
The nasi kerabu (RM 8) and nasi dagang (RM 7) were both delicious and packed with all the traditional ingredients you’d expect these dishes to have. The blue rice, chopped greens, meat floss, sambal, and even telur masin were all there. It was superb.
some centerplates to share
Additionally, they also offer quite a few dishes for sharing. Ayam goreng berempah (RM 7.90) was crispy and crunchy, gulai ayam kawah and tempe were all rather delicious as well.
For those who likes traditional Malay kuih, I’d also recommend their pulut inti.
good times with family & relatives
After lunch at Kesom, I somehow understood Suanie’s obsession, and while I won’t have the same nasi kerabu 5 times a week, I think anyone who love this traditional Kelantanese dish should pay Kesom a visit.
To be fair, Nomad Adventure does offer food after the whole ordeal, but if you want something slightly more exciting, the closest option would be Mee Kari Ami, just minutes of drive away.
Mee Kari, with home-made sauce
Mee Kari Ami is probably the most happening place in this otherwise sleepy kampung. The old fashion restaurant offers mee kicap, mee sup, and laksa in addition to mee kari. Each bowl costs RM 4, but if you go for “special”, it’ll be RM 5.50, and “besar” is RM 6.50.
with crackers and fish cake
We went for their ordinary version of Mee Kari which comes with crackers, fish cakes, and some sort of homemade chili sauce which gives it a bit of a kick, but not overly so. To be fair, it wasn’t the absolute best curry mee I’ve ever had, but it was one hell of a satisfying meal after a day at the river.
If you had a chance at Gopeng for some white water rafting or other activities, give this place a try.
It’s a bit of a tradition that our group of colleagues at work takes turn to buy lunch for everyone, usually at the frequency of about once a year or so (when got bonus lah). Several weeks ago, it was Iman’s time, and she managed to get another colleague to recommend a “new to us” place – Fatimah at Kampung Baru.
Fatimah Selera Kampung, at Kampung Baru
In a way, many of the Malay restaurants in Kampung Baru offers similar dishes at first glance, and it usually takes someone with experience in the area to know which are the must-order dishes in certain restaurants. For Fatimah Selera Kampung, what I enjoyed most was their daging salai, prawn gulai, and most definitely, the tempe. If you’re a fan of tempe, don’t miss it.
However, the true star at this restaurant, to me, has got to be their killer jangung drink. It’s basically shaved iced with corn, and it’s really, really awesome. If you’re a fan of ais kacang, this is a little bit like that, but better.
plenty of local dishes to choose from, including daging salai
Additionally, they also serve ikan bakar, asam pedas, ikan masak lada, ikan goreng asam, rendang, ulam, and more. For the lone rangers, there are also nasi/mee/meehun/koay teow goreng.
jagung ais is not to be missed!
Prices at Fatimah Selera Kampung is in tune with other such places in Kampung Baru. You may also want to check out Makanan Padang Asli (if you’re a tunjang/beef tendon fan) and Grand Garuda (for another nasi padang alternative) if you’re around the area.
One of my favorite animal parts to consume is beef tendon. I always remember the first time I had it, it was at some obscure beef noodle stall back in Penang with my late dad. I was hooked with the soft texture and the subtle taste from the first bite.
From then on, I always try to order extra beef tendon whenever I had Vietnamese pho or beef noodle, but it didn’t occur to me that there are actually Malay dishes that also serves up this most awesome delicacy. Enter Masakan Padang Asli at Kampung Baru.
Kampung Baru Masakan Padang Asli
Masakan Padang Asli (as stated on the banner, probably not actual name) is one of those old school traditional house-converted-to-restaurant establishment in Kampung Baru that has existed from eons. It is located at the intersection between Jalan Raja Muda Musa & Lorong Raja Muda Musa 6. Parking isn’t the easiest to find, but it’s well worth the trouble for what this place has to offer.
good variety of dishes to choose from
The variety of dishes here is pretty big, and since it is Padang, or Minangkabau cuisine, the choices is a little bit different from the usual Malay stalls or mamak nasi kandar places. You’ll also notice that a heavier dosage of kunyit is used in many dishes (aka Negeri Sembilan cuisine.)
these were what we ordered, everyone had tunjang (beef tendon)
The must order here is tunjang (beef tendon) and the paru (beef lung). The tendon is super soft and melt in your mouth, while the lung crispy and fluffy without being tough.
Other dishes like the expertly prepped fried fish, curry chicken, and bergedil are worth checking out as well. Prices can come to around RM 10ish per person, but do check it out if you love Padang food. It’s pretty awesome.
Address: Masakan Padang Asli Jalan Raja Muda Musa & Lorong Raja Muda Musa 6 Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.164654, 101.708920
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really know that we have a Velodrome in KL and thought that national cyclists must practice somewhere outside the country. Even more surprising to me was that our velodrome is actually more famous for the various food stalls by the side of the structure than the sports facility itself.
Nasi Ayam Kampung A. Hassan at Velodrome KL
Of the many stalls at Dataran Velodrom, Nasi Ayam A. Hassan situated by right corner at the end is by far the busiest, and happened to be the one we went to a couple weeks ago for some of their famous fried chicken and other dishes for lunch.
While there are some seating areas under the roof, most people choose to dine under a sort of make shift canopy at the back of the stall. It’s usually pretty packed over lunch time.
ikan bakar, ulam, ayam kampung, and those awesome tempoyak
We ordered some ikan bakar (grilled fish), ikan patin (silver catfish), plenty of ulam (raw vegetable), ayam kampung goreng (free range kampong chicken), and even gulai daging (beef).
While they provide various types of sambal and condiments, my favorite is the tempoyak (fermented durian sambal). It is a bit of an acquired taste, but once you learn to enjoy them, you’ll be hooked. The pungent yet irresistible aroma is something only a tempoyak connoisseur could enjoy.
daging & jus ciku
The most unique thing here though is actually their signature jus ciku (sapodilla fruit), it tastes like, well, ciku juice. I haven’t even heard of this drinks, let alone having tried it anywhere else. If you even remotely like ciku, you’ll really enjoy this drinks. It’s sweet and has a slightly coarse texture to it. Like many tropical fruits, it is actually originated from Central America.
If you’re up for some wholesome Malay fair, do check out the hawker stalls at Velodrom. We spent about closer to RM 30 per pax for this, but it was oh so worth it!
Address: Nasi Ayam Kampung A. Hassan Dataran Velodrome, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.111330, 101.728783 Hours: 11 am to 4 pm