THE one-way loop stretch near the Asia Jaya LRT station in Petaling Jaya is infamous for its traffic as motorists whizz into Jalan Utara from uphill Jalan Barat.
There is a tendency for traffic to build up at Section 51A’s commercial precinct due to the number of vehicles entering or exiting offices, hotels, colleges and residential premises in the area.
When a friend told me about the D’Jungle Food Court “under the bridge” (which is actually under the Jalan Utara ramp), I was curious to visit the hawker centre hidden from public eye.
The only evidence of its existence is a “D’Jungle Food Court” signboard near Menara Axis.
The food court has 10 stalls and attracts a good lunch crowd.
It can be a bit hot as the ventilation is not great so my advice is dress wisely.
I went in search of the Malay stalls serving the likes of sambal ikan bilis petai, ayam masak merah, keli sambal, sayur masak lemak, tempeh goreng and sambal belacan.
There are two stalls - Kak Siti Nasi Kerabu and Ilah Corner - selling Malay food.
Both had stainless steel trays filled with a variety of dishes that were tempting, making it difficult to decide what to eat.
I opted for a few dishes from each stall manned by their owners - Siti Rohayu Saari (Kak Siti) and Khamilah Din (Ilah Corner).
Siti Rohayu is known for her nasi lemak which is available for breakfast and dinner. She even caters the meal in tapau containers for nearby offices.
At lunchtime, Siti Rohayu who is assisted by her family, prepares up to 30 dishes to feed hungry diners.
The popular dishes here, she said were ayam sambal, ayam masak merah, keli sambal, ikan goreng, kentang goreng and sambal cili padi.
Actually, there were too many to mention.
The Kelantanese woman, who has been in the food business for 14 years, was previously trading near the LRT station.
“I moved into the medan selera in 2014. Besides nasi lemak, people also come for our mee celup and nasi kerabu,” she said.
Meanwhile, Western favourites such as batter-fried dory fish and butter chicken are top sellers at Ilah Corner.
Khamilah, who has been operating at the food court since 2009, serves a buffet spread of 25 dishes including some appetising Malay dishes.
Having enjoyed the ratio of onions, chilli and tamarind in the sambal udang petai, I returned the next day to try yet another sambal dish.
Khamilah said she learnt how to cook Western food from her relatives who were involved in the food business as well as her husband Shamsul Bahrin Johari who used to work as a chef in a hotel.
Shamsul and their daughter Siti Sazwani operate the Western food stall at D’Jungle.
Besides serving Malay food, Khamilah is expanding her offerings by taking over the stall next to hers.
She will be dishing out stir-fried dishes such as kam heong fried rice, salted fish fried rice, Cantonese-style ying yong and many more.
Ilah Corner, which serves food from 11am onwards, also sells chicken rice.