Sambal with lots of oomph

WHERE is your favourite nasi lemak stall/cafe in Klang Valley? November is the month to nominate your favourites under The Star People’s Food Awards via Metro Online Broadcast (

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

Every month until May next year, the public can vote for the best category-based street food such as nasi lemak (November) or char koay teow (December) via MOB.

Beginning Nov 1 until Nov 10, visit MOB and nominate your favourite nasi lemak eatery in the Klang Valley and from Nov 15 to Nov 30, vote for your favourite ones to stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as hotel stays and dining vouchers.

Those who nominate, vote or successfully share a link are automatically entered into the race to win prizes.

This week, we feature one of the nasi lemak stalls in Bangsar that has fans queuing up for a taste.

For those craving nasi lemak in the middle of the night, head on down to one shop that serves it all day, every day in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

Nasi Lemak Sambal Power at Leeyas Corner along Jalan Riong serves Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng Berempah, their signature dish, at only RM5.50.

The fragrant rice comes topped with a generous serving of sambal, cucumber slices, boiled egg, fried anchovies and peanuts.

The fried chicken meat was tender but the skin was soggy as it had been lying around for some time during MOB’s visit to the shop.

Even so, it was well-flavoured as it had been marinated in spices such as lengkuas and serai for three hours before being deep-fried.

True to its name, the sambal was what gave the meal an extra kick.

It was quite hot for this writer, who opted for a glass of iced tea to tame the fieryness.

Although the sambal was spicy, it did not overpower the coconut milk’s flavour in the rice.

Owner Elfitrawaty Awang said the secret to good nasi lemak was not skimping on ingredients.

She uses extra onions, dried chillies and anchovies in the sauce, combining everything to form a full-bodied, sweet, savoury and spicy flavour.

“Once you taste it, you won’t forget it,” Elfitrawaty said with a laugh.

Elfitrawaty started her business eight years ago and currently manages the stall with a helper.

“We sell at least 100 plates per day,” she said.

The place is a hit with the office crowd, especially during lunch and dinner time.

Besides their signature dish, they also have plain Nasi Lemak Telur Goreng (RM3) and Nasi Lemak Telur Rebus (RM2.50).

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