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Distinctive bamboo nasi lemak drenched in seafood curry at SS2

If there may be one dish that represents Malaysia, it could be: nasi lemak. It’s the proper gas within the mornings, a super pick-me-up for lunch and the most effective resolution for late evening cravings. So when my colleague Alice spoke to me about Nasi Lemak Bamboo, a restaurant in SS2, Petaling Jaya which served nasi lemak steamed in bamboo (wager you already guessed that), I used to be immediately intrigued. 

Should you’re questioning the place the ingenious concept of steaming nasi lemak in bamboo got here from, it originated in Sabah by a pair who needed to introduce a singular, trendy, but genuine method of consuming nasi lemak with their very own added aptitude.

Nasi Lemak Bamboo - interior

Nasi Lemak Bamboo provides an assortment of nasi lemak: Nasi Lemak Okosong (RM6.90), Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng (RM15.90), Nasi Lemak Rendang Ayam (RM15.90), Nasi Lemak Kari Ayam (RM15.90) and their best-seller, Nasi Lemak Kari Bamboo Seafood (RM17.90). Intrigued by why the Nasi Lemak Kari Bamboo Seafood is their best-seller, I opted for the Nasi Lemak Kari Bamboo Seafood (I’m a sucker for seafood).

However would that be adequate? My insatiable urge for food provoked. I gave in and ordered one among their best-seller snacks, the Cucur Udang (RM7.90)

What I attempted at Nasi Lemak Bamboo

Nasi Lemak Bamboo - nasi lemak

After 20 minutes, the Nasi Lemak Kari Bamboo Seafood arrived. The nasi lemak was truthfully fairly a powerful sight— it was served with an inverted bamboo on a rattan tray lined with waxed paper laden with the same old scrumptious toppings of hard-boiled egg, fried anchovies, peanuts, sliced cucumbers and a small bowl of sambal

Nasi Lemak Bamboo - rice

Time for the massive reveal! I gingerly lifted up the bamboo cylinder and in seconds, the much-awaited content material spilled out. Steaming sizzling rice, juicy-looking prawns and squid enveloped within the seafood curry in an oblong piece of banana leaf— I couldn’t ask for extra. This was completed by lining the hole bamboo tubes with banana leaves earlier than filling it up with seafood curry, recent prawns, squid and rice earlier than it’s left to steam for quarter-hour. 

Nasi Lemak Bamboo - rice

One chew of the nasi lemak, and I realised that this was not the normal curry I used to be used to. The curry doesn’t have a sturdy flavour to it. As a substitute it’s very gentle tasting and has an attention-grabbing sourish tang. This tang was undoubtedly one thing very new to me however I shortly embraced its style. 

I’m happy to report that the prawns and squid had been extraordinarily tasty and paired so effectively with the nasi lemak. The seafood wasn’t rubbery and there was a beneficiant quantity scattered all through the nasi lemak. Plus, by steaming it in bamboo, there’s a aromatic consequence and the seafood is cooked to perfection! 

Nasi Lemak - Sambal

I used to be, nevertheless, upset with the sambal. On the optimistic facet, the sambal wasn’t candy (which is usually widespread within the nasi lemak that’s bought in Kuala Lumpur) however it wasn’t spicy both. It was on the delicate facet which I felt was underwhelming as I at all times take pleasure in a spicy sambal. Fortunately the seafood curry was scrumptious by itself so I shifted my focus again to ending up the nasi lemak

Food - Cucur Udang

After inhaling the nasi lemak, I moved on to the Cucur Udang which got here with a bowl of Thai chilli sauce. I used to be secretly excited for this as I grew up consuming it in class and it had been years since I had gotten a style of this deep-fried crunchy snack.

Dish - cucur udang

The Cucur Udang is deep-fried to a crispy golden brown on the outside, but delicate and chewy inside. This addictive snack is finest consumed instantly whereas nonetheless sizzling and crispy. I used to be impressed to search out slightly giant chunks of prawns in between the batter. It’s scrumptious and flavourful by itself and you actually don’t want any chilli sauce.  

Last ideas

Nasi Lemak Bamboo - food

As a Malaysian who grew up on nasi lemak, at first I discovered the thought to be unconventional and was slightly apprehensive. However after my maiden expertise tasting the Nasi Lemak Kari Bamboo Seafood, I discovered it to be a refreshing change from the normal nasi lemak I used to be so acquainted with. 

Plus there’s that added enjoyable of eradicating the bamboo tube dramatically slowly and watching all of the rice movement out (I’m additionally a sucker for theatrics). The sourish style of the seafood curry was so welcoming however I solely wished the sambal was spicier— it could have then made this dish excellent for me. 

Should you’re ever in SS2 and are yearning for a plate of nasi lemak with a sambal that’s not harsh in your palate head right down to Bamboo Nasi Lemak. In spite of everything, who can say no to a plate of nasi lemak, historically cooked or not? 

Anticipated injury: RM8 – RM15 per pax

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Our Ranking: 4 / 5

Nasi Lemak Bamboo

28, Jalan SS2/66, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia


Our Ranking 4/5

Nasi Lemak Bamboo

28, Jalan SS2/66, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone: +6013 818 8490

Working Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 9pm (Sat & Solar)



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