Saturday, May 24, 2014

Kesom Cafe @ Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya

Traditional kampung flavours are in vogue at Kesom, a stylish cafe that showcases rice-heavy recipes beloved in the northeastern Malaysian states of Kelantan & Terengganu.

Hidden below the Blook fashion retailer on an Aman Suria shop-house row, Kesom is pretty peaceful on weekdays; certainly worth the search, this is one place with the potential to slowly but surely pull curious customers & cultivate a loyal following.

Kesom's Nasi Kerabu (RM10.90) meets the mark, tastily built with blue-tinged basmati rice, partnered with the prerequisite pickles, ulam, fish crackers, salted duck egg & sambal belacan ...

 ... plus a sizeable serving of gulai ayam kawah. Fully satisfactory, both in flavour & pricing.

Nasi Dagang (RM10.90), delicious brown rice steamed with coconut milk & herbs, served with fried chicken & hard-boiled egg.

Nasi Kukus (RM8.90), substantially more filling than anticipated, topped with salted fish & local veggies ... 

 ... plus a regal-sounding Gulai Ikan Raja Berangkat, ideal of fans of fish curries.

Kesom's signature beverage is named 'Apa Pun Ada' (RM2.50), a tangy tea with serai, pandan, asam boi & mint.

Plenty of goodies are available for takeaway too (or munch on these nuts & crackers here while the cafe's speakers play a slightly incongruous soundtrack that leapfrogs from Al Green to Ellie Goulding). 

Specials are sometimes available at Kesom; think laksa kelantan, khao jam, udang masak lemak pucuk pakis, ikan kembong masak assam, sambal paru, ayam masak merah, bubur kacang hijau, pengat pisang with pulut, bubur cha cha & onde-onde.

It's worth noting: For recipes filled with carbs & curries, Kesom's offerings taste wholesome _ a testament to their execution.

Kesom Cafe PJ
46 Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm (closed Sunday). Tel: 03-7880-7022

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24 comments:

  1. Nasi kerabu, nasi dagang and nasi kukus...the only thing missing is ayam percik! =)

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    1. Ulric: that's a good idea for something Kesom could consider for one of its specials! :)

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  2. a cafe that offers nasi kerabu and nasi dagang... how interesting!

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    1. Ken: bringing traditional malay fare into a contemporary setting :)

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  3. What a unique place, Sean!

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    1. Linda: it's definitely different from a lot of other places :)

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  4. Oooooo...nasi kerabu!!!! I like! I super-duper like! Gotta try this, see if it's any better than the very very nice one we have here.

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    1. Suituapui: hope you enjoy it! i love a good serving of nasi kerabu, it works so well for lunch :)

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    1. Footfringe: pretty much so! :)

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    2. Good food.. but the workers are frm Myanmar..wonder whether they had gone for the vaccination..

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    3. Good food.. but the workers are frm Myanmar..wonder whether they had gone for the vaccination..

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  6. Just landed and back to my room! Feeling hungry now after looking at these pics, but I left some instant noodles only. :P

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    1. CK: glad you had a safe journey! hope the instant noodles are a good flavour, and hopefully in a couple of months, you'll be back in KL and can enjoy some nasi kerabu and nasi dagang, ya :D

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  7. Oh nice. Another place for the nasi dagang and kerabu!

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, that's comfort food for me :D

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  8. HOLY *&#%(*#@&@#&$ (insert expletives). My mind is blown.

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    1. Cquek: heheh, mind-blowing food is a good thing, i guess :)

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  9. the nasi kerabu looks yummy! :) fair price too.

    FiSh @ www.ohfishiee.com

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    1. Fish: yeah, it's a tasty version of nasi kerabu, worth trying :)

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  10. don't mind if i ask, it may be sensitive, but is it halal? I'm assuming its halal because of the dishes mentioned above. Just want a clarification. Thank you very much

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    1. Nabil: sure, no worries - i'm pretty sure it's halal, though i don't know whether they have official halal certification, since those can be quite difficult to obtain for independent outlets :)

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    2. Understood. understood. Thank you for the reply though. Really appreciate it.

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  11. Now just the nasi alone is Rm8.00 without any of the meat or fish dishes to go along with. Easily just the meal without any drink estimate Rm15 per head. The taste still remains.

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