Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kuala Lumpur - Nasi Kandar Pelita

The term Nasi Kandar has an origin involving the historical selling of rice dishes. Currently, it embodies a heady fusion of Indian and Malay food.

Nasi Kandar Pelita is a chain of restaurants, one of which is conveniently located in the center of Kuala Lumpur. It is a large, bustling food mecca and we enjoyed two dinners there.

We arrived on our first rainy evening in Kuala Lumpur a bit overwhelmed. Helped by a friendly waiter, we ordered from our table. A Roti Canai, a Chicken Biryani set, squid, and of course Nasi Kandar rice.

Our first introduction to Malaysian Roti Canai was very good, with nice layers of bread/pastry to soak up the variety of sauces.

The chicken biryani was tasty, as was the squid.

But the heart of the meal was definitely the nasi kandar rice - mostly because of the sauce. The rice here typically comes with a mixture of the cooking sauces of the various supplemental dishes. On our first visit, they brought the mixture of sauces in a dish to our table:

The sauce spooned over the rice was very, very good.

On another evening, we were more organized, and bellied up to the counter to pick out individual add-ons to our rice - fried chicken and and braised mutton, along with some greens and the necessary complement of sauces.

We also got a Masala Dosa, which was tasty and filling.

Even with two visits, I feel like we only scratched the surface here.

Nestled under the the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, Nasi Kandar Pelita is definitely a conveniently located spot.

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