60000 Taman Tun Dr Ismail
(Coordinates: E101° 37'
33.3" N3° 9' 45.0")
a lazy late morning and with nothing planned in particular we headed out to
Taman Tun with Sambal Hijau in mind. A good friend of ours from Taman Tun (yes, it’s
you Edwin) suggested we give this place a try.
the main road at Sungai Penchala and right beside a yellowish mosque, even at
the stroke of noon Sambal Hijau was already drawing a large crowd. Ample parking
can be found at the back of the restaurant albeit via a pot-hole ridden red lateritic
slip road (drive slowly or risk scraping the undercarriage of your vehicle).
|along the main road at Sungai Penchala|
|beside a mosque|
|first thing you see|
|spoilt for choice|
|vast array of dishes to select from|
|so many possibilities|
first thing that strikes you as you walk into the restaurant is the rows and
rows of dishes! Being spoilt for choice is a massive understatement here at
Sambal Hijau. Brendan had both the Fried and Barbecued Chicken with his white
rice; Cat had the Fried Tilapia with her fried rice while I sampled the 1Ikan
Bawal braised in tomato sauce. Cat and I both had ample servings of the
excellent 2Sambal Tempoyak
2made from the fermented durian fruit, coconut milk and
sauce typically made from a variety of chilli peppers along with secondary
ingredients such as shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot,
scallion, sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar or other vinegars
|my ikan bawal with white rice|
|Brendan's fried AND barbecued chicken|
|Cat's fried tilapia|
|a little pricey|
verdict? Apart from the Sambal Tempoyak everything was your typical run of the
mill Malay fare, and maybe it’s because our visit here was just off the back of
our recent trip to Kuala Terengganu (where the Malay cuisine was simply exquisite)
we honestly believed the dishes here were nothing extraordinary. The main
attraction here one would think is the fact that you are spoilt for choice when
it comes to dishes served, while in truth taste wise it was pretty unremarkable.
damage? Including a round of Iced Black Coffee for me and Iced Lemon Tea for
Brendan and Cat the total came to RM35.50, while within the realms of the
everyday food for the everyday person we considered it steep bearing in mind Sambal
Hijau is actually just a normal Malay Mixed Rice restaurant.
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