Food truck is all the rage these days, but they have actually been around since the days hawkers started operating from those old school Daihatsu vans. The only difference the “modern” food truck is that they now cook inside the truck instead of by the side of the truck. Same difference if you ask me.
Today, we look at one of the popular original food truck by KLCC – Mat Rock Ayam Goreng Kunyit.
ayam kunyit mat rock is the original food truck
The truck is parked along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng right opposite the Australian High Commission on weekdays over lunch hours and has been operating for a number of years.
It’s a simple affair, lineup, get your ayam kunyit with rice, with an option for additional fried egg (RM 6, RM 5 without egg), and go back to your office for the noms.
tapao doesn’t mean you can’t plate it nicely at office pantry
The secret ingredient here is that instead of chili padi, a special blend of sambal in their ayam kunyit. The result is a rather tasty dish of ayam kunyit with a kick, I liked it.
For a no frill lunch on the cheap, this is quite a decent option. The keropok (RM 2) here is pretty good as well and I’ll recommend getting a pack to share to go with lunch.
For those who’re too lazy to move, Mat Rock offers delivery services for free if you order 10 packs of above, otherwise a charge of RM 2 is imposed, which is more than fair I guess.
Address: Opposite Australian High Commission Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.160482, 101.711041 Tel: 1-300 88 5800
One of the toughest Penang hawker dishes to hunt down in Klang Valley has got to be char kuih kak. Outside of various pasar malam, there’s only one other stalls at Jalan Sayur that I am aware of, until I went to the hawker row right beside the Seapark wet market a few days ago.
char kuih kak at Seapark, next to the morning market
For those who has never been to Seapark in the wee hours, there’s actually a row of hawker stalls on the same road where My Burger Lab is located. The stalls usually open by around 6am so if you’re looking for earlier breakfasts, this is definitely a place to check out.
char kuih kak as breakfast, glorious
The char kuih kak operator does not have any table nor even plates, the only option is “tapao”.
I ordered a pack of char kuih kak (RM 4) with eggs and took it to the office for breakfast. It wasn’t the best version I’ve tried, but definitely managed to satisfy the cravings for a bit.
If you’re a char kuih kak fan, this is one more place to check out.
Address: Char Kuih Kak Jalan 21/22, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor GPS: 3.110397, 101.621757 Hours: mornings
Transitions lens, works well in a movie theater too
Went to the movies with my Transitions lenses glasses, great clarity under low light condition, basically no difference compared to a clear glass. The cool thing is if you walk out from the cinema and it happens to be afternoon, you won’t get hit by the glare like Thor’s Hammer.
For nasi briyani lovers who don’t feel like paying an arm and a leg to get a plate of these yummy rice from mamak chains, here’s definitely a place you should check out.
Located right within the heart of financial district at Lorong Bandar 13 just off Lebuh Pasar Besar is Warong Nasi Briyani Tajudin where you can still get a plate of nasi briyani for as low as RM 5. (that’s about the 2 teh ais at those “high class” mamak these days right?)
Nasi Briyani at Lorong Bandar 13
Since parking is a bitch at the area, we decided that take away was the best option. Luckily, even though the stall was plenty busy, they are well prepared for big number of tapao orders and we got our 5 packets of nasi briyani in less than 10 minutes.
There are some cozy tables at the lorong where this stall operates, so it is an option to dine in, though not a particularly great idea to do so during peak lunch hours.
chicken briyani and lamb briyani, yum yum
Chicken briyani is RM 5, lamb at RM 6. I had mine with lamb, and while the size of that one piece of lamb wasn’t exactly big (barely sufficient), it was rather tasty, and certainly worth the price we paid.
The rice was fragrant, and I love the extra couple packets of curry that comes with it, one being the normal curry and the other tasted almost like satey sauce, kinda interesting but it worked. There’s also a tiny portion of cucumber and onion, I guess you can call those vege?
Other than lamb & chicken, they also serve briyani burung puyuh (RM 7), briyani fish/sotong (RM 6), and plain rice with those ingredients.
Address: Nasi Briyani Lorong Bandar 13 Off Lebuh Pasar Besar Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.146794, 101.696255 Tel: 012-265 3653 / 016-602 3737 Hours: 10am – 4pm
I lied, that line wasn’t what I uttered to the employee at 60s Teow Chew Fish Ball Noodle Restaurant at Sea Park, for the very simple fact that she is probably a Chinese national who does not speak nor understand our National language.
tapao noodle at 60s teow chew fishball noodle restaurant
In fact, I didn’t really have to specify the word “tapau” (or take-away, in non-Malaysian English). As soon as she saw the Tupperware in my hand, she had already asked what I wanted to order for take-away. Smashing!
The Tupperware that I brought for this very purpose was the very aptly named Tapau Set!
fish ball kueh teow soup in tupperware – all in all less than RM 10
The Tapau Set comes with 3 containers – 2 Crystalwave dish (1L), and a single Crystalwave bowl (2L) that comes with a noodle holder. This noodle holder gadget eliminates the whole problem of soggy kueh teow altogether, you wonder why nobody has thought of that till now.
In the above “exercise”, I bought a portion of kueh teow soup, with soup and fishball in the 2L Crystalwave bowl and the kueh teow on noodle holder. I also used the 1L Crystalwave dish for some yong tao foo. (since the tupperware containers are quite big, sometimes hawkers will unknowingly give you bigger portion! shhhh…)
user friendly design, tupperware eco bottle
The Tapau Set also comes with this very nifty Grip n Go Cariolier that allows you to hold all 3 containers at the same time. A bit like a modernized version of old picnic set, no?
Together with the Tapau Set, Tupperware also have some new 500ml Eco Bottle Spring that comes in several colors. They’re small enough to fit into a handbag, and big enough to quench your thirst.
cendawan the Bengal approves of tupperware!
Ultimately though, the most important message in this advertorial is about something that is better than recycle – REUSE. Using Tupperware for all your take-aways eliminates disposable plastic bags that ends up in landfills (or worse, the ocean where turtles can mistakenly ingest them), it is a step to the right direction for a better environment.