Growing up in Penang and having spent much of my time in PJ, I must confess that I’ve never had lontong until very recently.
For those who are like me not too long ago, lontong is a dish originated from Indonesia and can also be found in Johor/Singapore, mainly made with nasi impit (similar to ketupat) and served with coconut milk based soup with a few other ingredients.
Lontong Klang at Shah Alam Seksyen 7
While not very common in Klang Valley, if you look hard enough, there are quite a few places that offers lontong as well. One of the more popular ones being Lontong Klang. Originated from Klang, they have expanded to neighboring areas with branches in Shah Alam as well. My experience is at the branch in Seksyen 7.
Lontong Klang serves lontong (well duh..), as well as nasi lemak. We’ve tried both the lontong and nasi lemak there, and for my money, I’ll stick with lontong.
The process is simple, line up and get to the stall area, ask for your dish – lontong biasa (RM 5), or with sotong, special, special sotong, ayam, or ayam sotong. I usually have mine with sotong (RM 6.50).
Lontong with Sotong
The lontong comes with nasi impit that’s properly soft, a small bergedil, some cabbage, half a half boiled egg, tofu, tempe, and even some serunding. All these of coures, is drench in a santan base broth that is quite fragrant in itself.
Each ingredient here are quite tasty in itself, but the combination of them all really made the dish. I enjoyed it quite a lot and will be looking out to try other places that offer this dish.
Cheng Leong of xes.cx, avid wall climber, the original Melbourne shuffler, and lawyer extraordinaire only goes to several places for food. Village Park, Pappa Rich, Yut Kee, restaurant O&S, and maybe Cristang.
So when we met up for breakfast a couple weeks ago, it was over one of these handful of restaurants.
Village Park at Damansara Uptown
This wasn’t my first time to Village Park, but to be honest it isn’t exactly one of my favorite places due to the fact that it is always packed on the weekends, and parking is a bit of a nightmare at Uptown.
They do, however, serves very good nasi lemak and really awesome roti bakar (toast bread).
The claim of fame for this place is their nasi lemak. A full set of this signature Malaysian original comes with beef, cuttle fish, chicken rendang, sambal prawns, and all the other typical nasi lemak ingredients such as sambal, fresh cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, hard boiled egg, and of course, fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk.
The ful set costs RM 15, but if you don’t include all the main ingredients, they do come a bit cheaper. While a tad on the pricier side, it is really one of the best high end nasi lemak you can get.
nasi lemak, half boiled eggs, soto ayam, roti bakar
The other absolute must-try dish from Village Park is their roti bakar (RM 2). The difference between their toast bread and those you get from other places is simple – the bread here is sliced twice as thin as typically done. Extra crunchy, and of couse twice the amount of kaya and butter over amount of bread.
Cheng Leong & Angeline, Haze & KY
I’ve tried their Soto Ayam (RM 5.70) and it turned out to be pretty decent. The restaurant also serves prawn mee, ipoh hor fun, curry mee, asam laksa, and other local dishes. Try those at your own risk, I’ve not heard very good things about them though.