A POPULAR, northern Malaysian dish, nasi kandar is said to have originated from Penang.
For many Malaysians, it is hearty, comfort food — with its steamed rice and accompanying curries and side dishes.
May marks the final month for The Star People’s Food Awards and this month’s category is nasi kandar.
We asked our readers what makes the best nasi kandar and here are some of their responses.
“The best way to have nasi kandar is to ‘banjir’ (flood) it with a mix of curries and eat it with your hands. Now that’s authentic!”
“What makes or breaks a nasi kandar is the accompanying side dishes. I often have mine with spiced fried chicken and mutton curry.”
“Fluffy steamed rice and tasty fried vegetables with curry.”
“Nasi kandar is like another version of chap fan (mixed rice). It’s great to be able to mix and match dishes I like.”
It is not too late to submit your nominations for the stall you think serves the best version of nasi kandar in the Klang Valley.
Simply participate by visiting your favourite eatery, taking a photo of the dish (photos must be your own and no less than 1MB in size) and submitting a written description at www.mob.com.my before May 10.
Some of the nominated stalls are Pelita Nasi Kandar in Bangsar, Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar in Petaling Jaya, Restoran Kudu at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Yaseen Nasi Kandar Penang at Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, and Hameed Nasi Kandar in Putrajaya.
The voting phase will run from May 15 to 30.
Those who nominate, vote or successfully share a link will have a chance to win prizes such as hotel stays and dining vouchers.
Instructions on how to nominate, endorse and vote can be found by clicking on The Star People’s Food Awards icon on the main landing page of Metro Online Broadcast.