Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung @ Jalan Ali Pitchay, IpohMay 26, 2010 | 20,834 views
Not the most generous of portion, but this plate of Nasi Lemak Kukus (freshly steamed rice with coconut milk) with pieces of fried Ayam Kampung (free-range chicken) got tongues wagging for years now …
This place, named Restoran Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung on Jalan Ali Pitchay has been the talk of the town (Ipoh town, of course) for about 7 years or so now. Previously operating from their original outlet situated on the next street (Jalan Che Tak), they moved to this spanking new, much more spacious premise to cater to the growing clientele.
Opens only for dinner/supper daily, Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung also prides on their freshly-grilled/fried seafood, especially their famous Ketam Masak Serbuk Kari or Stir-fried Crabs with Curry Powder
In reality, this was my first visit to the restaurant. Yes, after repeated reminders, guilt-ridden porky affairs that led to a serious lack of ‘Halal’ food posts, and of course …. procrastination, a Motormouth’s trademark !! So, did the famous Nasi Lemak manage to impress, or vice versa? Read on to find out ….
The spacious air-conditioned dining area which can easily seats a hundred patrons or more, or you can choose to dine ‘al fresco’, right by the sidewalk
Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung is popular for a few items, one being the signature dish of the same name, the others being the Ketam Masak Serbuk Kari (Crabs stir fried with curry powder), Ikan Stim Limau (Thai style Steamed Fish with Lime) and Sup Belut (eel soup).
Clearly, you can wallop the whole plate in minutes. Seconds, if you’re hungry enough …..
The rice is individually-steamed in steel containers, arriving hot on the table with the usual condiments, and your meat(s) of choice. For a start, I picked the Ayam Kampung for a taste of their most famous item on the menu.
For RM6.50/USD2, you’d be stunned initially at the miniscule portion presented sparsely on the plate. Some crispy anchovies, peanuts, a slice of cucumber, half a boiled egg, and an almost ‘shrunken’ piece of bland-looking chicken (the drumstick was served) made up the their patented ensemble.
The rice was fragrant alright, but not the ultra-rich, laden with sinful ‘santan’ (coconut milk) variety. But with a mere faint whiff of the creamy ‘santan’ added. The twice-fried chicken without skin was surprisingly good though, as all Ayam Kampung should. Tougher than the average bred and raised in coups, but with a more toothsome texture, the flesh was far from tree bark-dry, but retaining much of the moisture within.
A bowl of peppery Eel Soup (Sup Belut) for RM8/USD2.50 with a tangy twist, thanks to the addition of tomatoes.
The Ayam Merah (spicy and sweet chicken) was not exactly memorable, but still warrant for an order if crispy fried chicken’s not your idea of a dish worth eating nasi lemak with. Or you can go for their sambal kerang (cockles), or sotong (cuttlefish/squid) to go along with your nasi lemak.
But the Sup Belut was tasty, with a heavy tinge of pepper added to the soup for good measure. Not overwhelming though, thankfully balanced with the sweetness of the onions, and the zing from the tomatoes in the soup. The chopped meat of the eels (‘belut’) had tiny bits of bones in them, hence don’t swallow the cubed flesh whole. The eels are supposedly purchased from villagers living near paddy fields.
Come for a late dinner, or supper at Restoran Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung
On the whole, the meal was not as memorable as I was expecting. But given the dearth of good ‘nasi lemak’ in Ipoh (please prove me wrong, anyone?), I will not compare the nasi lemak here with the others. Of course, those ‘wannabes’ served at kopitiam chains not included in the mix.
“WHERE DO YOU GO FOR YOUR NASI LEMAK FIX IN IPOH?”
Restoran Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung
No 43-45, Jalan Ali Pitchay,
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 6016-545 9000, 605-254 4318.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung.
** A short walk away from M.Salim Nasi Briyani/Nasi Kandar, Yong Suan Nasi Ganja, Up & Up Curry Fish Head, and Wing Hoong Lapan Nasi Bubur (famous porridge restaurant) on Jalan Yang Kalsom.