Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Nasi Kukus Kasturi @ Pandan Indah

One type of food that Malay hawkers excel in is their "Ayam Goreng Berempah' (fried chicken marinated in spices) and "Nasi Kukus" (steamed rice).  This Nasi Kukus (& Ayam Goreng Berempah) Kasturi @ Pandan Indah is considered as one of the best here.

This stall is located along the parking bays of Jalan Pandan Indah 1/23E (in front of RD Restoran) in the evenings (for dinner only).  Their plain nasi kukus @ RM1.50 is served with 3 types of sambal (in the 3 large containers in the background).

This is their Ayam Goreng Berempah @ RM4.50/pc, fragrant with spices and lemongrass, which are fried 'on-the-spot' to crispy goodness!  And you can also buy their pre-packaged "rempah" or spices if you feel like frying up your own chicken at home (each packet is enough for one chicken).

And what makes it even better is that they throw lots of sliced onions into the frying oil to flavour the oil for the fried chicken.  They then dish up these caramelised onions with whatever remnants (from the chicken marinade) that are left at the bottom of the "kuali" or "wok" and you can ask for these to be added to your rice for even more flavour (luckily, there's some left for me).

You can also add on a "begedil" (potato + meat patty) @ RM1.30 or a "telur goreng" (fried egg) if you like.

This is packet of Nasi Kukus with Ayam Berempah @ RM6.  The aromatic spices, that the Malays and Indians use in their fried chicken, set it (worlds) apart from the Chinese-style fried chicken.  That's why their fried chicken is so awesome as the spices add so much more flavour and fragrance.

And this is a packet of Nasi Kukus with Begedil @ RM2.80 with some leftover 'remnants' for added yumminess.

Their Nasi Kukus is served with a curry (left pic), a cooked sambal (I didn't ask for any) and a fresh sambal (pic on the right).  I didn't quite like their curry and cooked sambal but the fresh sambal was good with a hint of sourness (from the "limau kasturi" or calamansi limes) and spiciness (from the blended "chili api" or bird's eye chili)...a really refreshing sambal.

My Personal Opinion

If you want a freshly fried, aromatic and fragrant piece of chicken, try this one.  It's cheap, it's affordable.....and it makes a winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Nasi Kukus Kasturi
(in front of RD Restoran)
Along Jalan Pandan Indah 1/23E
Pandan Indah
55100 Kuala Lumpur


  1. The price is sure attractive and that 2nd photo of the chicken meat sure look delicious too. The rice looks soft and nice!

    1. Yeah, a tray of freshly fried chicken always looks inviting!


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