I have eaten plenty of ayam goreng kunyit during my university days. When paired with rice, it was one of the better go-to-food to eat and it’s relatively cheap too.
Ever since I started working in the central of KL, I noticed that there are plenty of food trucks around that sell nasi ayam goreng kunyit. Many office workers would buy it as take away lunch mainly because it’s way cheaper than eating at the malls.
Since most of these trucks cater to the working crowd, only a handful of them are open in the weekends. For those who want to try nasi ayam goreng kunyit on any day without fail, head to Mat Rock‘s restaurant in Kampung Pandan.
Mat Rock could very well be the pioneer of the nasi ayam goreng kunyit business. He started his first food truck in KL 13 years ago and now, not only he has a dedicated restaurant, he also has around 7 or 8 other food trucks in the city. Delivery is available too if your order meets the minimum purchase amount.
The restaurant has a larger menu offering more choices and there are also some goreng-goreng dishes such as tomyam, nasi goreng and mee kungfu. The Nasi Ayam Goreng Kunyit set @ RM7.50 (with teh o ais) is the most popular dish and it should be the first thing to try if you are new here.
Compared to the other ayam goreng kunyit (usually dry and tough) that you get at the usual Malay tomyam restaurants, Mat Rock’s version is evidently juicier and prepared with fresh chicken. Not too salty too!
The sufficiently spicy sambal was excellent too, it really lifted the dish to another level. Throw in a sunny side up @ RM1 and this would be a complete meal by itself. Kicap manis is available but that’s really optional.
Sotong Goreng Kunyit is my other favorite because the combination of turmeric and sotong simply works. The squid was perfectly cooked with a nice crunchy exterior while retaining a soft and juicy center.
FYI, if you were at Mat Rock’s food truck you would have the option to mix and match the dishes (chicken + sotong, or sotong + daging) but sadly that is not offered here.
Overall, this is a great place to enjoy ayam goreng kunyit and if their restaurant were in Kepong I could see myself having this a couple of times in a week.
By the way, there’s another stall at PNB’s food court which sells equally good ayam goreng kunyit with a seriously kick-ass sambal too. I hope I have a chance to cover that one day.
Restoran Mat Rock Ayam Goreng Kunyit
15, Jalan Kampung Pandan, Taman Maluri, KL
Delivery call: 1-300-88-5800
Hours: 11am – 11pm