New-found love for blue rice

  • Eating Out
  • Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

A serving of 'nasi kerabu' from Kah Mek Stall with all the trimmings. - Muhamad Shahril Rosli/The Star

AS I have been often labelled as a picky eater by my friends, I decided to go out of my comfort zone and venture towards the great variety that is Malaysian cuisine and explore some of the dishes that I am still unfamiliar with.

Since I was having difficulty in choosing the right street food, a good friend of mine suggested this particular place where I could try a Malay dish that originated from the east coast.

As much as I did not want to admit it, this would be my very first time tasting nasi kerabu.

Nasi kerabu is a speciality dish of blue rice from Kelantan which is largely overlooked among other more popular rice dishes such as nasi lemak.

My sister, Shivenes, and I went looking for the recommended Kak Mek Stall, located in the same spot for the past three years.

It is in an alley right behind Menara KH in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

We were both eager to fill our tummies with some good traditional fare.

When it comes to eating nasi kerabu, I was told to follow two simple rules – mix all the ulam, sauteed accompaniments and sauces together then eat it using your hand for the added “oomph.” I did just that.

I must say we were pretty fascinated by the taste.

The rice is coloured by butterfly pea flowers.

The coconut sambal was quite spicy but the aroma of the blue rice along with fried chicken drumstick mixed together with crunchy keropok went very well with the seasoned rice that had a squeeze of lime juice.

Kak Mek Stall owner Suhaib Sidek, 30, said they offered other dishes such as nasi minyak and nasi dagang but nasi kerabu was Kelantan’s most visually captivating dish and it was customers’ preferred choice.

“My wife and I run the stall while my sister does the cooking.

Suhaib putting the last of the garnishing on the nasi kerabu at the stall behind Menara KH in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.Suhaib putting the last of the garnishing on the nasi kerabu at the stall behind Menara KH in Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

“What makes the dish at our stall more special is that its recipe is passed down by our mother who is known for her delicious cooking,” said the Kelantan-born hawker.

More importantly, their nasi kerabu comes with generous ladles of the accompaniments, kerabu, plump crunchy bean sprouts and crispy keropok.

This is one of the best dishes I have had in recent times and for those from east coast looking for a meal that would evoke memories of home, then this spot is a must-visit.

Apart from Kerabu Ayam (chicken), they also serve Kerabu Ikan (fish), Kerabu Daging (meat), Kerabu Paru (lung), Kerabu Telur Masin (salted egg) and Kerabu Solok (stuffed pepper) alongside Nasi Putih Ayam Berempah (white rice with spiced chicken).

The price ranges from RM4 to RM5.50 depending on the items you choose.

Kak Mek Stall is in Jalan Tengah, off Jalan Bukit Bintang. It is only a one-minute walk from the Raja Chulan Monorail station. It is open Monday to Friday from 7am to 2pm and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm.

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