Traditional Nasi Kandar in the Shadows of the Petronas
I ate at Restoran Nasi Kandar Pelita, just down the road from the Petronas Towers during my first trip to K.L. in 2009. My first trip to K.L. was confusing—it is always busy, and a little intimidating. There are food court style stands along the back wall, with menus above. But, before you even get there, you see a long line of locals standing at a buffet of sorts.
Nasi kandar is a plate of rice served with a variety of curries and side dishes. Essentially, you point to a few veggies, meats, or fish, and the server places it over rice. Pretty simple, right? The key is to order a "mixed" curry. They ladle a little bit of several different curry sauces all over your chosen meat and vegetables, which is what makes the dish so stunning.
When we returned, we knew exactly what to do, and it was as good as I remembered. My “usual” became a spicy, fried chicken, green vegetables, and some cabbage, all smothered in tasty curry sauces.
They also have an excellent roti canai—fried roti bread served with a few curry sauces for dipping. The roti is served from 4:00 p.m. onward, but the nasi kandar line queues up all day.
Wash everything down with a cold drink, like a sirap—a pure sugar, hot pink drink, served over ice. Perfect on a hot day.