Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Food Parlor @ Kelana Jaya, Village House @ Casa Tropicana & Line Clear Nasi Kandar @ Kampung Baru

From Malacca: The Food Parlor has its roots in Malaysia's historic state - the parents of the outlet's co-founder Cheryl reputedly run an eatery in Malacca's Portuguese Settlement, so it's natural that this casual venue specialises in cherished Eurasian family recipes that Malaccans know well. You'll find fairly priced, fuss-free rice sets (RM12.50-RM14.50) that emphasise chicken pongteh (respectable), ambilek long beans curry & captain's curry. For a fun Kristang-Italian twist, try the Devil's Spaghetti (RM14.50), a rich, saucy pasta with Devil's Curry gravy, tossed with chunks of chicken, onions & parmesan.

The Food Parlor
Ground Floor, Kelana Sentral Apartments, Jalan Bahagia, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Daily, 9am-6pm. Tel: 016-353-4340

From Kelantan: Village House is a kopitiam helmed by a family from Malaysia's north-east, with a focus on authentic rice recipes that range from nasi ayam percik (RM13.90, with a whole flame-grilled chicken leg in coconut sauce) to nasi bungkus Kak Wok (RM8.90, featuring firm, steaming-hot rice packed in paper with small, chopped pieces of fried chicken, pungent sambal chilli sauce & light, sweetish gulai gravy - altogether addictive), as well as great-grain mainstays such as nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, nasi paprik, nasi ulam & nasi lemak. Special thanks to reader Andrew Toh for pointing out this place to us.

Village House Kopitiam
B-0-1, Block B, Casa Tropicana, No.5, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Daily, 10am-10pm. Tel: 03-78865565

From Penang: Line Clear has long been one of the northern island's most popular haunts for nasi kandar, its heritage reaching back to before World War II. Its legacy now extends to KL with a new branch in Kampung Baru - an instant hit, with scores of patrons patiently queuing for half an hour during peak periods. We reached the end of the efficiently manned line & had a plate of steamed white rice heaped with fish roe (irreproachable), squid roe (soft but mercifully not mushy), fried chicken (the breast meat was relatively bland) & a large prawn (fresh, firm & fleshy), flooded with a jumble of spicy-savoury gravies for RM29. The curries could be more robust, but this feels familiar enough to merit honourable comparisons to nasi kandar in a Penang alley.

Line Clear Nasi Kandar Restaurant KL
113 Jalan Raja Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Kampung Baru's Plaza Rah (Public Bank). Business hours in flux, but nasi kandar should be available 11am-midnight daily

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16 comments:

  1. RM29 for that plate... LOL.
    But i like fish roes and i can see that you're fond of it too!

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, my perfect plate of nasi kandar MUST contain fried fish eggs! :D

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  2. OMG!!!! The long queue! They closed down Line Clear in Kuching - I never wanted to go there, so dirty, rats everywhere, dunno if they have reopened. At least, this one looks clean and the food looks great - despite the queue, I would definitely choose this one over the former - their fried egg did them in.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, i think you'd appreciate line clear kl, cos it feels really clean right now! :)

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  3. A packed restaurant is usually a good sign. I wouldn't want to be in that queue though.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, and with our weather, it's really easy to get sweaty by the time we reach the front of the queue, heh :)

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  4. Line clear... my dad likes their curries, not me. It's good to see their business is expanding though. Happy CNY to you Sean

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    1. Ken: GXFC to you too ... heh, it's interesting when dad and son have conflicting feelings about a certain food! :D

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  5. Hopefully that they are able to maintain its consistency... Most of the time I'd drive to nearby areas to satisfy my craving for Nasi Kandar. But for RM29 per plate (for the dishes that you took), it sounded a bit steep... Hopefully the taste justify the price

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    1. Leo: yeah, i think the prawn is actually what pushed the price up so high ... it would definitely have been below RM20 without the prawn :D

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  6. why so ex...? but the nasi kandar sure looks good la :P

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    1. Ciki: i blame the price on my greed ... i asked them to pile up extra fish roe, add on squid roe, and then tossed in a large prawn too! that really was a two-person portion in the end :D

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  7. I was at Line Clear on CNY - was in line for over half an hour, closer to an hour. Don't get me started on the seating situation afterwards.

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    1. SC: eeks ... I guess it's a matter of timing, though I hear that even at slightly non-peak hours, at 3pm and 4pm, you'll still find a semblance of a queue ...

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    2. Saw the videos of the queue they posted on Facebook and I was like O.o

      Just as well not going back there any time soon :P

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    3. SC: i suspect the best time to head here is at 11am sharp ... definitely not at 1230pm or 230pm :)

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