Feeling somewhat unfulfilled with the nasi kandar we had at Line Clear, we made our way to Mohd Yaseen to see if we could get a better fix.
Mohd Yaseen is an old-timer restaurant in Chow Kit and they also claim to serve Penang Nasi Kandar restaurant. It has been around for nearly half a century and is still going strong, so that says a lot about them.
I am not exactly sure why their signage, menu and receipts are now showing ‘Mohd Yaseem Nasi Kandar’, in which the letter ‘n’ of Yaseen has been changed to Yaseem, but lets just stick to their original name for the time being.
A rattan basket is used to hold the large container of rice. I got to say that’s a rare sight and I definitely did not expect to see it here. It does add to the authenticity of the experience; albeit superficial.
The choices of curry and non-curry dishes are plenty, but not all are available at all times. For example, the ayam kicap had finished by the time we got there, and many customers simply walked away upon knowing it’s not available. However, if you are willing to wait, it will take roughly 30 minutes for them to finish cooking it.
I was not going to wait, so I had the ayam madu instead along with a piece of fish curry, omelette and some okra. In total, it cost around RM12 for this plate of nasi kandar. I thought the price was fair considering the portion sizes, and more importantly the mixed curries were hot and tasted fresh.
Compared to what Line Clear served us earlier, this looked more like a proper nasi kandar and you can tell that solely from the photo itself. The curries are visibly thicker, more vibrant and more flavorful too. Ayam madu was delicious, fish was firm and flaky, omelette was moist and fluffy and even the okra was a pleasure to eat.
After a recent expansion, the restaurant now provides both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned dining areas. I actually prefer the latter for nostalgic reasons but eventually, I had to move to the air-conditioned area because the heat was getting to me.
You might feel that service with a smile does not exist here – but that’s only when there’s a queue of customers waiting for their nasi kandar. The staff is actually quite a friendly bunch and only look serious when they’re busy.
Overall, Mohd Yaseen’s nasi kandar comes pretty close to the real stuff in Penang. Besides nasi kandar Kok Siong, this would be my other pick for nasi kandar in KL. Next, I think I will be heading to Brickfields. A little birdie told me that there’s another good nasi kandar worth trying there.
Mohd Yaseen Nasi Kandar Pulau Pinang
Address: 351 & 353, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-2694 8927
Business hours: 24 hours (closed between between 1pm and 2.20pm on Fridays for prayers)