Otak-Otak Place @ Tropicana Mall & Nasi Lemak Panas @ Jln 223, PJMay 14, 2009 | 9,200 views
# To be warped back to the good old days once more ……. #
Bountiful ornaments, display sets, from the wacky videotapes to the abacus, flasks & potteries and even a classic wash basin from days of yore ……. (P/S : Spot the menu?)
Thanks be to foodies-extraordinaires; Jason & WMW (hehe), I relived my childhood days at Otak-Otak Place @ Tropicana Mall. Nope, not the darker side of my past (those dark, turbulent,scarring days of youth) but instead, referring to the simpler, happier times when politicians a-bickering did not reach cult status (=P), that black gold liquid was priced at merely RM1.20 or so, and picnicking by the lake/beach/river was not ridiculed at.
Otak-Otak Stick (Promo price : RM0.60 each, Usual price : RM1.10)
Otak-Otak Place is the brainchild of the people who run Pick & Brew, over at One Utama. Ironically, this outlet at Tropicana Mall is the second one, the first was opened at One Utama (where else? =P) last year.
Specializing in mostly Malay dishes and snacks, the repertoire of otak-otak (every variety imaginable, really) are impressive, from the rolls to the fried, and steamed to the traditional ones. Now they’re running a promotion for the Otak-Otak Sticks, priced at only 60 cents each. Resembling Johor’s Otak-otak Kempas (click HERE for the review last year), albeit spicier, with heavier ‘santan‘ (coconut milk) taste. The other choice we picked was the Otak-Otak roll, fish paste with herbs and spices rolled in between thin egg crepes, then dipped into the sambal for that extra kick. Slightly oily, but a satisfactory snack nonetheless.
Location : Otak-Otak Place @ L1-58, No 3, Jalan SS20/27, Tropicana City Mall, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel No : 603-7728 0403.
But wait, that couldn’t be our dinner, right? Fret not. Here’s more, thanks to driver WMW, and pointer Jason …….
The RM1.20 per packet nasi lemak at this place has almost reached legendary status. People from all walks of life, near and far, flocked to this unassuming ‘medan selera’ located opposite the Amway factory on Jalan 223, Petaling Jaya. And you’ll be hard-pressed not to find any patrons indulging (obsessively) on their packets of nasi lemak, be it from the RED or BLUE corner.
You get what you give ….. stole a quote from you-know-who!
Fully prepared to down at least 2 packets of those piping hot packets of nasi lemak, freshly wrapped at the kitchen, continuously to cater to the crowd.
Once seated, just ask for the nasi lemak, and they’ll bring them over in a jiffy. Take note that there are TWO brands from TWO different stalls, packing their products freshly, and dishing them out to the hungry crowd.
The RED one belongs to Gerai No 6, Yati – A preferred choice, with various positive reviews in general. Hence, I reached out for my 1st packet. Wrapped in banana leaf and newspaper, the heat could be felt from the outside, a positive sign surely. Who doesn’t dread those cold, lonely packets of (possibly stale!) nasi lemak elsewhere?
Served with half a boiled egg, and sambal ikan bilis (anchovies), the portion could barely satiate a child, let alone a famished Motormouth. Tastewise? The sambal was spicy, the rice was steaming hot, but that was about it. A serious lack in fragrance & flavour, as I could barely detect a whiff of aromatic ‘santan’. The sambal ikan bilis was fiery, but the anchovies were soft and chewy. And NO onions for that sweet taste and NO cucumbers either.
Uh-oh. Bad start. Let’s see how the challenger fared. The BLUE corner belongs to Suri, with an appearance resembling Yati’s, albeit with words stamped in blue.
Also priced at RM1.20, Suri’s version also arrived piping hot, almost scalding to the roof of one’s mouth. Be cautious, spoon them slowly, and enjoy. Or NOT.
Suffering the same fate as Yati’s, the nasi lemak had only a very faint hint of coconut milk, with a more watery sambal with ikan bilis. The sambal was sweeter, perfect for children or those not in favour of extra heat. The gravy reminded me of canned sardine’s tomato sauce, really.
Otak-Otak Kempas also available as sides, but to avoid an overdose of otak-otak, we restrained ourselves
Verdict? Not something I’ll be returning for. But the dirt cheap price, and the fact that the nasi lemak is freshly-packed, are reasons enough for fans to return again and again ……
Location : Medan Selera Jaya 223 @ Jalan 223, Petaling Jaya. The road’s lined with factories, but the food court’s situated opposite an Amway factory. You’ll notice the abundance of cars lining the roads at night.
# And they retreated to their own chambers, & slept soundly thereafter ….. #