Nasi kandar not up to the mark


  • Eating Out
  • Thursday, 02 Sep 2010

KAYU Nasi Kandar in USJ10/1, Subang Jaya is a popular haunt for people from all walks of life.

As far as I can recall, the original Kayu was located in SS2, Petaling Jaya and later, I learnt that this makan place originated from Penang.

It became very famous in the Klang Valley and following its success, some branches had sprouted in various parts of the city and the surrounding suburban areas.

The Kayu branch in USJ10 has been around for some time and caters to the residents of this township.

Falls short: Nasi Kandar with hard boiled egg, fried cabbage, fish roe and beef.

And when it comes to taste and quality, I would rate the nasi kandar shop 5 out of 10 on the Samo-scale.

Why? Despite all the hype and good publicity, the food here is just average.

They will have to work very hard to keep up with Makbul Nasi Kandar in USJ9, but if you put two of these titans together, the only thing that is similar will be the pricing.

Recently, I took a trip to Kayu and had a go at their dishes.

I ordered a plate of rice with telur rebus (hard boiled egg), kobis goreng (fried cabbage), telur ikan goreng (fried fish roe) and a piece of daging masak kicap (beef cooked in soya sauce) which the restaurant is famous for.

And for that, my bill came up to RM11.50 and with a glass of teh-o ais limau (ice lemon tea), I paid RM13.50.

Now one thing that I want to stress on eating at shops that serves food throughout the day is freshness.

The fried fish roe I had was already stale. This is bad if you have a weak stomach.

I can’t say much about the rest of the dishes because they were just pretty average.

A popular haunt: The Kayu Nasi Kandar in USJ10/1, Subang Jaya.

To get to Kayu Nasi Kandar in USJ10/1 keep a lookout for two landmarks: Nanking coffee shop and the Ambank branch which is located directly opposite the makan place.

For you gearheads out there, the lat-long coordinates for Kayu are: N 03 02 51, E 101 35 05.

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