Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Kuala Lumpur: Madam Kwan's

Somehow, I have the urge to update my blog at 6.57 am in the morning which is weird considered that I am not a morning person. I was thinking of doing a long entry with KL makan but then I realised that I'm too lazy/productive to do anything that much. So let's talk about some Malaysian local food in first entry.

in front of the shop/ decoration inside

I have seen Madam Kwan's restaurant since the first visit to KL in 2007 but wasn't bothered as it seems like "an expensive eat" unlike Food Republic, my best friend in KL. Anyhow, reading many Malaysian blogs about Madam Kwan's made me interested in their food. This trip, I tried Madam Kwan's at Pavilion which located in the underground floor, just opposite food republic and next to escalator.

Teh tarik

Since I have done homework on what to eat, I ordered Nasi Bojari and Teh Tarik. Teh Tarik is basically a hot tea which foamy effect which was a result of pouring the tea from high place. For Thais, you may know the tea as "Cha-chuk" (ชาชัก) which comes from the South, border area with Malaysia. However, teh tarik isn't as sweet as Cha-chuk and they usually drink it hot instead of cold like in Thailand.

Nasi Bojari

I didn't wait long when my Nasi Bojari is served. I have read before that the plate is huge and well, they didn't lie. There was spice rice, a big piece of chicken (the whole thigh), assam prawns, shredded beef rendang and half boiled egg. The rice was chewy with nice taste. I have to be honest that I am so spoiled. Being Thai, we only have jasmine rice which has nice fragrant and soft so I find white rice in Malaysia, usually, very hard and not yummy at all. I learned from my colleague here that Thai rice is the most expensive kind of rices in Malaysia. Back to the dish, the assam prawns was very yummy. It had a bit of sweetness in it and I really enjoy it with the rice and along with chicken. Beef rendang was nicely done. The meat wasn't too chewy so I enjoyed it a lot. I thought I could finish this at first, thank god I was wrong or I would need to thinkk about weight-lost programme seriously if I had that big appetite!

I previously had a bad experince with Malaysian curry (too salty, not liking the taste) so I was very skeptical with the whole Malay cuisine. I'm glad that during this trip, this has been sorted. I finally enjoyed Malay dishes! If you come to Malaysia, wanting to try the food but a bit skeptical or picky-eater, I would recommend Madam Kwan's as the dish tends to go neutral so it didn't taste too salty or too much spices for first-timer.

Madam Kwan's
Lot No. : 1.16.00, Level 1
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel. : 03-2143 2296 or 03-2143 2297

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  1. Wow, that IS a big plate! Everything looks so yummy too.

  2. The food looks delicious! I love chayen/chachak so the teh tarik looks good as well.