Nasi Kandar Feast at Cinnamon Coffee House @ One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

There are days when I get cravings for things spicy and hot and this is usually after a spell of travelling overseas or after a long absence of indulging in curries.  I’ve been having a spell of rich creamy stuff the past few weeks and the invitation to check out some Nasi Kandar specials in Cinnamon Coffee House at One World Hotel came very timely last week.

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Now we all know that Penang is the mecca of Nasi Kandar as that’s where it all started.  Back in the old days, peddlars of Nasi Kandar would go around with a pole (called “kandar”) balanced on their shoulders and from this hung 2 big containers, one on each end, of rice and curries.  My early childhood memories in Ipoh include visions of this lean and sturdy Indian-Muslim vendor who went round the neighbourhood, on foot, with his nasi kandar, calling out “nasi kandar, mari mari!”  Whenever we could afford it, I’d run up eagerly to him with my enamel plate and get a whopping plate of rice flooded with the hottest spiciest curry… I’d eat it with tears springing from my eyes but it would always be a meal that I relished very much, for days after.

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The spices that go into the curries

For this whole month of April, Cinnamon Coffee House is offering some really delicious Nasi Kandar specialities in their Buffet Dinner.  More than any other curries, I love their Curry Fish Head – it has all the spices and flavors balanced out perfectly.  The curry is thick without being cloying as the tamarind in it adds a nice tangy touch to it.

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Curry Fish Head

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Nasi Minyak

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Sup Ayam Berempah

Although Nasi Minyak wis available, I preferred to have plain white rice which I flooded with ladles of the appetizing Fish Head Curry.  In between, I took sips of the Sup Ayam Berempah which had been boiled with lots of spices.  I found the soup a bit too thick – it’s good if taken on its own but when taken with the full range of Nasi Kandar specials, well, I found it a bit overwhelming.

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Sambal Udang

The Sambal Udang and Telur Ikan Goreng were superb.  Looking fiery with its thick red gravy, the prawns in the sambal were very fresh and the sambal gave a lot of heat… which can be agonizing on the tongue for some, but it’s a nice kind of agony.  The fried fish roe is a must-have in a nasi kandar meal and the chefs have done a good job with this – the outsides were crunchy while the insides remain bouncy with its natural grainy texture.

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Telur Ikan Goreng

I had some of the Rendang Kambing which had been cooked for several hours as the meat was tender and bursting with aromas of the spices it had been simmered in.

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Rendang Kambing

The dishes we previewed were just several samples which Chef Nasron and Chef Amar prepared.  The full buffet will feature many more Nasi Kandar favourites like Chicken Briyani, Daging Masak Hitam, Vegetables Kurma, Telur Dadar, Mutton Curry, Sotong Masak Merah and Dalcha Satur, among others.  Appetizers in the spread include Acar Rampai, Ikan Masin Gelama, Acar Merah as well as ulam ulaman.

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Sayur Campur Kunyit

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Acar Rampai

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Ulam-ulaman

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Pappadam for that crunchy bite!

Mouth-watering local desserts are also served at the dessert counter which include Kuih Talam Pandan, Kuih Lapis Merah Putih, Pulut Panggang, Kuih Cara Manis, Pulut Tai Tai, Talam Jagung, Kuih Talam Keladi, Bingka Ubi, Kuih Lapis Jagung, Pulut Inti, Kuih Seri Ayu, Bingka Roti, Kuih Lapis Hijau Putih, Kuih Seri Muka and freshly cut fruits.

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Pulut Tai Tai

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Kuih Lapis Merah Putih

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The Nasi Kandar Specials are available for buffet dinner only, from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm.

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Price:
RM93 per adult;  RM47 per child aged 4–12 years.

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Left: Chef Nasron Kasiman; right: Chef Amar Abdul Rahim

For reservations, please call Cinnamon Coffee House at 03-7681 1157.

 

Cinnamon Coffee House
Lower Lobby, One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya

Tel:  03-7681-1111
Fax:  03-7681-1188

Cinnamon Coffee House

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9 Responses to “Nasi Kandar Feast at Cinnamon Coffee House @ One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya”

  1. Meg
    April 9, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Wow, really mouth watering. Makes me wanna go there for my nasi kandar fix. haha.

    • Pureglutton
      April 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      You have this whole month to go indulge, hehe!

  2. April 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    wow, this is the perfect feast for me! back when i was studying in penang, nasi kandar would be one of the weekend treats that i’d always look forward to … with lotsa fried chicken, liver, cockles, fried fish roe, and gravy! :D

    • Pureglutton
      April 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Ehh…I thought you don’t take spicy stuff :P Cockles in nasi kandar – wow!

  3. Connie
    May 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    The rendang looks damn good…do they do this now? Not that Beijing food is bad but Malaysian food is till my all time favourite!!

    • Pureglutton
      June 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      The rendang was good! Ramadhan feasting coming up soon so you can satisfy your cravings for local food!

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