For the love of rice and curry

Mouth-watering meal: A nasi kandar ‘full set’ like this costs about RM9.20 at Pelita Nasi Kandar in Bangsar Baru.

THE search for the Best Nasi Kandar in the Klang Valley, which is the final category in The Star People’s Food Awards, starts now.

Until May 10, readers can send in their nominations for nasi kandar by visiting their favourite eatery, taking a photo of the dish (photos must be their own and not taken from blogs or websites with no less than 1MB in size) and submitting their written description of the food at

Voting will take place from May 15 to 31.

The Star People’s Food Awards is a monthly contest that recognises the best Malaysian street food based in the Klang Valley.

This week, we feature two popular nasi kandar eateries.


A place with history and heritage, the Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar started out as merely a stall at a coffeeshop in SS2, Petaling Jaya in 1974 and the brand has since grown to be a popular hangout spot in the Klang Valley and Penang.

Burhan Mohamed, whose father started the business, manages the restaurant.

He said he remembered how he used to help his father wash the dishes.

Dishes galore: Burhan of Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar says they use only quality spices to make their curries.
Dishes galore: Burhan of Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar says they use only quality spices to make their curries.

“Now with an established restaurant, we have more dishes. We use the same spices and do not compromise on quality despite the increase in prices,” said Burhan.

He said their regular customers love their curries.

They have a huge variety of dishes such as Honey Chicken, Fried Chicken, Butter Chicken, Lamb Shank, Mutton Curry, Chicken Kebab and Chilli Chicken.

Burhan recommended trying their Butter Chicken (RM7.50) with Mutton Curry (RM7) and kari campur (mixed curry) gravy.

The Butter Chicken was creamy with a hint of spiciness and the meat was fresh while the mutton was tender and tasty.

Whatever you pile on your plate, it will be topped with Kayu Special Powder, which is a fried rempah kari concoction, adding a stimulating dash of flavour to the meal.

For dessert, try the Air Batu Campur (ABC) with ice cream (RM5.50).

Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar is located at 64, Jalan SS2/10, SS2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.


Come rain or shine, the best meal to get rid of hunger pangs has got to be nasi kandar, for most Malaysians at least.

In the Klang Valley, one of the more famous and recognisable nasi kandar restaurants is Pelita Nasi Kandar.

According to its website, the men behind Pelita Nasi Kandar are two family friends, Kirudu Muhamed Kuppaikanni or fondly known as Abang KK and Kaliq Jamal or Pak Misai.

Kirudu has more than 40 years’ experience in the nasi kandar business and he is the first person to introduce a 24-hour nasi kandar eatery in Tamil Street, next to the Penang Chowrasta Market.

Pak Misai has more than 34 years of experience and through his skills, he has improved and maintained the great taste of traditional nasi kandar.

From its humble beginnings in 1995 as a stall in Taman Chai Leng, Prai, in mainland Penang, it has now grown to become Malaysia’s largest nasi kandar restaurant chain, with 27 restaurants across the country and one in Chennai, India.

The Nasi Kandar Pelita restaurant in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, has ample options in terms of dishes – about 40 fish, meat and vegetable dishes.

Patrons can opt for the “full set” nasi kandar which comes with rice, a meat dish, sliced cucumber salad and a hard-boiled egg.

Depending on the type of meat dish, prices can range from RM9 to RM11 per plate.

Dousing your plate of rice with the essential kuah campur (mixed curries) is a must to achieve that “ooomph” factor.

The Pelita Nasi Kandar eatery located at No 2, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar Baru is open 24 hours.

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