Last weekend I made a short food seeking trip down south to this little kampung at Negeri Sembilan aptly named Pedas (or Spicy in English), as what we’re looking to eat is indeed something spicy!
Sabak Salai, Pedas, Negeri Sembilan
Our destination of the day was Resipi Sabak Salai, a rather popular spot located just 2 kilometers away from Pedas exit point on the North South Highway, which itself is about 20 kilometers south of the more popular Seremban exit.
Sabak Salai has a very simple set up not unlike most Malay road-side restaurants – zinc roof, electric fans, tables and chairs, but no wall or air conditioning.
What you do get though, is a good selection of Negeri Sembilan style dishes – starting with the most important ingredients – daging salai and itik salai, or smoked beef and smoked duck, both in masak lemak cili api- with tumeric, coconut milk, and plenty of hot cili padi.
choices of dishes at Sabak Salai
Additionally, they do also offer ikan masin, ayam goreng, ikan bakar, terung sambal, ulam, and more. My suggestion is to keep your stomach space for dagang salai or itik salai, with a healthy portion of those yellow spicy thick broth to go with steamed rice.
The in-house smoked beef is the star here, they pack a sweet, smokey flavor that I find rather delicious, and the masak lemak broth makes for a perfect compliment with its spicy and rich nature.
daging salai and itik salai with masak lemak cili api
If dining in isn’t enough, they also sell vacuum packed smoked beef as well as masak lemak condiment you can cook at home.
Instead of the usual R&R meal, do consider stopping over Pedas for a meal on your next trip down South.
Address: Sabak Salai No.13, Batu 5 1/2, Kampung Kundur Hulu, 71400 Pedas, Negeri Sembilan GPS: 2.549070, 102.037146 Tel: 06-697 0128 Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Mondays
Nasi Lemak Itik Salai, now that’s something that you don’t commonly see. We are used to nasi lemak having sotong (squid), ayam goreng (fried chicken), daging rendang (beef), and for the non-halal version, even pork; but itik salai (smoked duck)? That’s pretty interesting so far as Malaysia’s national dish nasi lemak goes.
note: this place has moved. new address is at No 70 jalan Pekaka 8/3, Kota Damansara Section 8 (Same row with jabatan pendaftaran and hospital Pusrawi)
Izwan Woon Abdullah, located just behind Taman Bahagia LRT station
The restaurant that offers this dish is Izwan Woon Abdullah, located just behind Taman Bahagia LRT station at SS3, a few doors down from the famous pork noodle and Luckly Loke tai chao at the corner.
nasi lemak itik salai, you don’t see this very often
The restaurants offer nasi lemak and a few other more traditional Malay dishes, but I had to try their nasi lemak itik salai.
The plate comes with fragrant nasi lemak on a slice of banana leaf, a side of sambal, anchovies & peanuts, half a hard boiled egg, smoked duck, and some brown sauce for the duck.
The brown sauce though, was a waste of time, so we asked for more sambal instead, which more than made up for it. 😀
the sambal and the rice itself was quite awesome too
The sambal was top notch, spicy and very flavorful, and the duck tasted pretty close to Chinese style smoked duck but with a slightly different taste that I can’t exactly point out, it was good, and certainly a different experience being paired with nasi lemak. I find myself enjoying it.
they have nasi lemak ayam too, and the otak-otak is pretty good
Their nasi lemak with chicken was able to satisfy one of the biggest nasi lemak fan in Horng, and otak-otak Johor (RM 0.80 per stick) was delicious enough we ordered second servings (even Suan who was from Johor approved of the taste).
The restaurant has been in business some 2-3 months and I sure hope it stays. I’ve only been there a couple times but looking forward to head there more often. =)
Address: Restoran Izwan Woon Abdullah SS 3/59E Petaling Jaya 47300 Selangor GPS: 3.109904, 101.611722 Hours: lunch and dinner