Roadside food stalls are in abundance in Taman Melawati and its surrounding areas.
While driving up from the AU3 neighbourhood in Keramat to Taman Melawati and then further into Bukit Antarabangsa, one is greeted by the sight of stalls offering a variety of Malaysian hawker favourites.
Ask anyone to name their top five hawker dishes and I am quite certain that nasi lemak will make the list.
Speaking of nasi lemak, there is a particular stall called Sri Lentok in Taman Lembah Keramat which I have frequented ever since I was young.
This stall does not only serve nasi lemak. It also offers other local fare such as roti canai and mee goreng.
Most places that sell nasi lemak will also have side dishes to add on and here, treats such as paru, ayam goreng berempah and rendang are sold as accompaniments.
After a hectic day at work, I felt the need to replenish my energy with an order of nasi lemak with ayam goreng berempah.
While driving to the stall, the thought of having the juicy fried chicken and savoury sambal kept me focused on the road.
After the filling meal, I was extremely happy to fork out RM10 for the plate of nasi lemak with chicken and three glasses of iced tea.
For me, there are two things that make or break a serving of nasi lemak — the sambal and the rice, in that order.
A good sambal has to be sufficiently spicy, otherwise why bother calling it sambal.
It must also maintain the right balance of sweet and tangy notes.
Sri Lentok’s sambal is nicely done.
The second thing is the rice.
The word “lemak” refers to the fact that the rice is cooked in santan to produce the creamy taste and alluring aroma that makes nasi lemak so enticing.
I have been to a number of nasi lemak eateries where the operators try to pass off white rice as nasi lemak. This is simply not acceptable!
Sri Lentok is not guilty of treating its nasi lemak this way.
The rice is sufficiently creamy and goes rather well with the red and spicy sambal.
Add in some fried ikan bilis, some slices of cucumber and an egg and you have the perfect nasi lemak.
I think as far as nasi lemak is concerned, the version at Sri Lentok has remained consistent and never fails to put a smile on my face.
Sri Lentok opens from 4pm to 1am daily.
It is located at Jalan AU 5d/1, Taman Lembah Keramat, Kuala Lumpur.