TO ESCAPE the sweltering heat, a swig of refreshing coconut water should easily quench one’s thirst.
Coconut water can be enjoyed with a serving of nasi manggey at Warung Kita in Kampung Melayu, Sungai Buloh.
The signature dish here is a take on the term sedap dan memanggil in Malay which means “so good, it’s calling you, ” said owner Muhammad Abrisam Akmal Kamarizal, 23.
He said nasi manggey was similar to a well-known Kelantanese dish called nasi kak woh, which has rice, chicken, sambal and vegetables.
“But the difference with nasi manggey is the flavour. It was my grandmother’s recipe and the name was introduced at Warung Kita in Sungai Buloh when we opened, ” he said, adding that most of the ingredients for nasi manggey are sourced in Kelantan.
Abrisam said for the fried chicken, 12 ingredients including turmeric powder, meat curry powder, cumin and fennel seeds, ginger powder and garlic powder were in the marinade.
For the gravy, there are some secret spices and vegetables such as long beans and brinjal, tamarind and coconut milk.
“Our menu is simple. We have only one main dish which is nasi manggey, coconut water served in a bucket (kelapa baldi) and coconut shake.
“Although we offer other drinks, customers usually order these two, ” he said, adding that 1,000 coconuts per day were sold.
Abrisam is not a fan of complicated menus, so the limited offering allows him to monitor the food quality.
I personally enjoyed the nasi manggey because of the spice factor. The sambal did not disappoint either as it was not too spicy.
The fried chicken was served with hot rice doused with creamy curry and spicy sambal.
The cool coconut water, which was not too sweet, had generous amounts of flesh and complemented the rice and curry nicely.
The coconut shake with ice cream was lovely and helped soothe the tongue after the flavours of the spicy sambal.
Customers should note that Warung Kita does not serve the rice dish on plates, instead banana leaf and waxed paper are used.
Employing a self-service concept, customers here need to queue to order their food and drinks, pay before eating and throw away the remnants into the nearest dustbin.
For takeaway, customers are encouraged to bring their own containers.
The warung concept is fitting for this eatery as the owners pride themselves on the kampung vibe.
The eatery even has a section for customers to enjoy their food while sitting on the wooden floor.
Warung Kita can get very busy during lunch hours on weekdays and weekends, but there is ample parking.
Since starting operations in 2015, Warung Kita has expanded to four other branches in Bukit Raja, Bangi, Ampang and Danau Kota.
Although nasi manggey is available daily, the serving of nasi lemak ikan tongkol and nasi berlauk ikan tongkol is only available on weekend mornings.
It is advisable to arrive before lunch. Nasi manggey is priced at RM5.80, kelapa baldi (RM4.50) and coconut shake (RM3.70).
Warung Kita at Kampung Melayu, Sungai Buloh opens daily from 7am to 7pm. It is located at 95, Jalan Kusta, Kampung Melayu Batu 13, Sungai Buloh, Selangor.
For details, call 013-996 2525.
Interested in cooking? Download Kuali app to get more recipes at your fingertips.
Did you find this article insightful?