One of the nicest food not to be missed in Seri Kembangan has to be this Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah stall. I still remember how I discovered this fabulous nasi lemak.
One evening I was planning to have my dinner at the food court across the road where this nasi lemak stall was operating. As soon as I got out of my car, I smelt something very fragrant – so fragrant that I could not help but to trace it.
And you guessed it right, the amazing smell came all the way from the stall right across the road! Needless to say I abandoned my original plan and bought a pack to try lol. Since then I have been a regular customer (at least twice a week!)
Due to its rather hidden location, not many people know about this nasi lemak stall. Not even those staying nearby. So, let’s hope this post will help to give the exposure it really deserves. Simply because I have tried many other nasi lemak ayam berempah, nasi ayam dara in the area and none of their taste can come close to this one. That’s a small mountain of fried chicken (ayam berempah), freshly deep fried everyday.
Although it is called “Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah”, the rice is actually just normal white rice instead of coconut milk rice. Don’t ask me why, ask the owner lol. Fairus seen here is responsible for preparing your nasi lemak.
Firstly, you will have to pick a chicken piece of your choice and place it on the chopping board. I usually go for drumstick or chicken thigh for the tenderness and skin. Believe me you would want the piece with the most skin because that’s where all the flavor is concentrated at.
The ikan bilis and kacang are optional but the spicy sambal is a MUST have. At first the sambal was a little too spicy for me, often leaving me teary eyed afterwards.
But after a couple more tries, I got more and more addicted to the sambal’s delicious spicy kick. In fact, I would tell the preparer to give me “sambal lebih lebih” (extra sambal) nowadays lol.
So, if you do not take sambal then you’re really missing out one of the best stuff here. But then again, which Malaysian doesn’t take sambal, right?
A pack of nasi lemak cost RM3.80. You can opt for additional rice for a mere 20 cents, 70 cents for a fried egg and RM2.50 for a piece of chicken. The amount of ikan bilis given actually would be half of what you are seeing currently. Just because I am a regular customer, they always give me some extra stuff hehe.
Yuswatli is from Medan, Indonesia and the tasty sambal is actually his own recipe. Besides preparing the sambal, he helps to fry the chicken to perfection. The tempting smell I mentioned earlier, so fragrant that can be detected even across the road comes from all the deep-frying happening here.
A huge bucket containing the marinated chicken pieces in spices before they were being deep fried. The actual owner of the stall (never seen him before) is from Kelantan and the the ayam berempah’s recipe is his.
When asked about the number of fried chicken they can sell in a day, the answer was shocking: it’s a staggering number of 350 pieces!
Another thing I discovered that could make the nasi lemak tastier was add some rempah pulp. The rempah pulp is formed by the excessive spices during the deep frying process. Albeit a little salty, it is packed with flavor and makes a huge difference in the nasi lemak’s taste even by small quantity.
You gotta try the juicy, sweet tasting ayam berempah yourself.. especially those just out of the wok.. those are the best.
The stall opens daily at 4.30pm and closes whenever they finish selling everything (usually at 10.30pm) To find this awesome nasi lemak stall, look for the one and only Esso petrol station along the road to Equine Park’s Jaya Jusco from Cyberjaya. The stall is located behind the petrol station, directly opposite Happy Food Court. Refer to the wikimapia link.