Head to Kampung Baru for the excellent Nasi Lemak Kak Chuk

Start the day with this satisfying “nasi lemak” with tender “sambal sotong” from Nasi Lemak Kak Chuk. — Photos by Lee Khang Yi

By Lee Khang Yi

Friday 08 July 2022 09:45 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 — Regarding nasi lemak, it is woven into the fabric of our lives. Not only is it one of the most muhibba of foods loved by everyone, I just find it incredibly satisfying to eat for breakfast.

An excellent nasi lemak just makes my day better. And that’s how I felt after my visit Nasi Lemak Kak Chuk.

This stand which faces the owner’s house in Kampung Baru has recently been in the spotlight. The appearance of their offerings made me curious, so I took a trip there on a weekday morning.

Try their family signature 'ayam kalio' with the 'nasi lemak'.

Try their family signature ‘ayam kalio’ with the ‘nasi lemak’.

Since it was already after 8 am, I had missed the breakfast crowd. It must have been a fight for popular items because I managed to score the last bit of their ayam kalio.

The atmosphere was very much that of a quiet neighborhood stand where people got on their motorbikes to pack their favorite selections with their pack of nasi lemak.

Launched in 2000, the nasi lemak served by Kak Chuk, as he is affectionately known, is a reflection of his Indonesian roots as the dishes are made from recipes passed down from his father.

Their 'paru goreng' is thicker cut and has a nice soft bite.

Their ‘paru goreng’ is thicker cut and has a nice soft bite.

Select 'ayam goreng berempah' from the pots on the table.

Select ‘ayam goreng berempah’ from the pots on the table.

You will also spy Kangkung paired with your nasi lemak, which is a nod to her mother’s Melakan heritage. So there is ayam kalioa creamy chicken curry enjoyed by Minang people.

You also have sambal sotong, rendang, paru and of course, Ayam Goreng Berempah.

It used to cater to night owls as business started from 1am to 10am the next morning. Nowadays, after the pandemic, the stand is open in the morning for breakfast and in the evening for dinner.

When you approach the stall, they will pour you the steaming hot rice from the pot which is kept warm over a fire.

Your order is placed on brown paper and a banana leaf which is supported by a basket (left).  Locals will walk up to the stall to select the dishes they want with their “nasi lemak” (right).

Your order is placed on brown paper and a banana leaf which is supported by a basket (left). Locals will walk up to the stall to select the dishes they want with their “nasi lemak” (right).

The brown paper and the banana leaf are placed in a basket to make it easier to pick up the bundle. You can protest when they pour a big spoonful of their sambal but once you start eating it with rice, you’ll want more. We were doing!

The rice is fluffy and not too spicy sambal is addictive when combined with rice. I also like that it is more salty than sweet, like other stalls.

Don’t miss them sambal sotong. It really is a sumptuous treat. The sotong is sweet and delicious that you definitely want to come back for more. It is definitely one of the best I have tasted.

I also enjoyed the ayam kalio with its soft texture and creamy curry sauce. The rich coconut sauce also helped temper the sambal for me, since I’m not the spicy type.

Help yourself to their free drinks with your “nasi lemak”.

Help yourself to their free drinks with your “nasi lemak”.

Since I saw their appeared goreng on bamboo sticks, I also added that. The cow’s lungs are cut into pieces which were super delicious as they had a creamy bite to each piece.

There was only one piece that was missed because it had tendons on it, otherwise it was really good.

The nasi lemak is charged according to the number of dishes you take with the base nasi lemak. It’s RM8 for one dish and RM12 for two dishes with rice, sambal and vegetables. If you just want a simple version or nasi lemak biasait’s RM5.

It's a simple setup where you can dine on the tables and chairs placed outside their house.

It’s a simple setup where you can dine on the tables and chairs placed outside their house.

There are also free drinks like tea, coffee or water that you can help yourself to from the carafes.

For the upcoming Hari Raya Haji celebrations, the booth will take a break from July 10-12. They will reopen on July 13.

Nasi Lemak Kak Chuk, 1, Jalan Daud, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Open: 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Tel:+6011-12312788. Facebook: @nasilemakkakchukkampungbaru

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