Nasi kahwin a unique find in Bukit Bintang

The Bukit Bintang stall has four signature dishes to accompany the rice. — Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

THE recent Hari Raya celebration may have left some of us hankering for festive dishes that are not commonly available at other times.

If you cannot wait until your next invitation to a Malay wedding to savour special dishes, then you can visit the Nasi Kahwin Hari-Hari stall in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

Nasi kahwin, also known as nasi kenduri, is traditionally served at Malay weddings.

As you approach the back lane, the aroma of cooked rice, beef, chicken and lamb greet the senses.

Customers can choose from four signature dishes to go with their nasi hujan panas.

Stall owner Rudi Farique said one of the signature dishes here is ayam rose prepared with chilli, onions, garlic and santan.

It has a mildly spicy flavour and its presentation evokes memories of dishes usually served at Malay weddings.

Another nostalgic dish is the tender and flavourful daging hitam, which is rich with herbs and spices.

The ayam madu too is popular for its sweet, spicy taste thanks to the mix of honey, sugar, chilli and pineapple in the recipe.

Nasi hujan panas served with (clockwise from left) daging hitam, ayam rose, ayam madu and acar.Nasi hujan panas served with (clockwise from left) daging hitam, ayam rose, ayam madu and acar.

All of the dishes are served with acar, comprising onion, pineapple, green and red chillis as well as cucumber tossed together with vinegar, sugar and salt.

Other dishes that can be eaten with rice are kambing pasamah and ayam kampung.

Kambing pasamah derives its rich flavour from the use of tamarind, onion, garlic and kerisik (toasted coconut paste).

Papadom and hard-boiled egg come with the meals and customers may request for additional servings of rice.

For something sweet afterwards, there’s cendol.

Perfect for hot days, the shaved ice topped with fresh santan, green cendol and palm sugar is a much enjoyed thirst quencher.

The meals come with free drinks, with the food items priced from RM1 to RM13.

Rudi said the stall expanded into a restaurant last October but he decided to keep the stall open.

“But we prepare the dishes at the restaurant and bring it to the stall,” he added.

There are chairs and tables for customers to enjoy their meal.

The restaurant across the road, is better suited for families and larger groups.

The stall opens from 10.30am to 6pm (Monday to Saturday). Nasi Kahwin Hari-Hari is located at No.8, Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. For details, call 016-305 5388.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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