Hayaki Kopitiam (Setapak)
87-G Platinum Walk
No. 2, Jalan Langkawi
53300 Kuala Lumpur
(Coordinates: E101° 43' 7" N3° 12' 27")
It’s a lazy hazy late Saturday morning, and I was in the mood for 1Nasi Lemak. We started 2Gwen up and searched for Nasi Lemak listed in our GPS navigator’s Places of Interest (POIs). The nearest was located barely a kilometer away in Kampung Baru. Lo and behold, we found the place (CT Garden) closed.
1fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and screwpine leaves
2our humble ride, a Proton Perdana 24-valve V6 model 2002
The next Nasi Lemak restaurant our GPS navigator suggested was located along Platinum Walk in Setapak. This time, we were not able to locate it (Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa) and suspected that it may have closed down. Interestingly enough, during our search for Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa we chanced upon a Hayaki Kopitiam branch and decided to have lunch there instead.
|the foot massage signboard is pretty distracting|
|24 hour kopitiam!|
|list of dishes mostly originating from Kota Bharu|
|they serve noodle-based dishes as well|
|more outlets in Kota Bharu than the Klang Valley|
Although just like any other Kopitiam on the surface, Hayaki has an ace up its sleeve as it serves dishes from Cat’s hometown of Kota Bharu. She promptly ordered the 3Nasi Kerabu 4Ayam Percik; Brendan surprisingly enough settled on 5Kuey Teow Curry while I sampled the 6Nasi Lauk Ikan Tongkol.
3blue-coloured rice (a result of cooking with butterfly-pea flowers) usually eaten with fish crackers, pickles and other salads
4barbecued chicken with a sweet-spicy marinade
5flat rice noodles with spicy curry soup
6rice served with curried tuna fish and vegetables cooked with turmeric and galangal infused yellow gravy
|it is a pre-requisite that you use your hands for nasi kerabu|
|my nasi lauk ayam|
|Brendan's kuey teow curry|
Cat found it difficult trying to finish her generously portioned dish, but she thought the taste was not comparable to the original Kota Bharu version. Nasi Kerabu is a dish is meant to be eaten with your hands, and since Cat used a fork and spoon she thinks the taste may be somewhat distorted. Brendan thought his dish was pretty average and I thought the flesh of the Ikan Tongkol was a bit dry. We however unanimously agreed the beverages to be splendid though.
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