Nasi kandar fest draws thousands

Azmi (third from left) checking out the nasi kandar stalls at the festival at KL Tower. — WILLIAM GARY/The Star

THOUSANDS thronged KL Tower in Jalan Punchak, Kuala Lumpur to savour the Malaysian favourite nasi kandar over a weekend.

The ‘Surrr! In the Sky’ @ KL Tower ― Nasi Kandaq Festival featured 15 restaurants famous for their hearty nasi kandar.

The two-day event brought together renowned establishments such as Hameediyah, Restoran Kapitan, Hussain Pasembor Padang Kota, Line Clear, Ais Tingkap, Kudu and Jamal Mohamed, among others.

Kuala Lumpur Tower Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Nazli Saad said the festival was organised to draw tourists to the iconic tower.

Nazli: The festival is organised to draw tourists to the iconic tower.Nazli: The festival is organised to draw tourists to the iconic tower.

“We also want to gather Malaysians from all walks of life to enjoy their favourite dish together,” he said at the opening ceremony.

He added that the event was a collaboration with online communities of nasi kandar enthusiasts namely Nasi Kandaq Hunters and Nasi Kandaq Transporter.

“Based on the response we received, we might consider holding this event annually,” he said, adding that more food-related events would be held there.

During the festival, visitors could also dine at the Sky Deck from 8pm to 11pm for RM20 per person.

Mohamed Hidzir Mohamed Nordi, founder of Nasi Kandaq Transporter, said many restaurants had expressed interest to be part of the festival.

Mohamed Hidzir: Many restaurants are interested to be part of the festival.Mohamed Hidzir: Many restaurants are interested to be part of the festival.

“We carefully selected the restaurants to ensure the best experience for visitors.

“Majority of the participating restaurants are from Penang and some are based in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

The festival also saw 50 people taking part in a teh tarik-making competition where the top three finalists received cash prizes of RM5,000, RM3,000 and RM2,000, respectively.

Also present at the opening ceremony was Tourism Malaysia central region director Azmi Abdullah.

Separately, Nazli said the tower management planned to continue organising the bubur lambuk making competition this year.

He said the competition would be held in conjunction with Ramadan.

Nazli added that the porridge would be distributed to mosques in Kuala Lumpur.

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