Village Park @ Damansara Uptown – Is This The BEST Nasi Lemak in Klang Valley?February 24, 2011 | 24,099 views
Nasi Lemak (literally translated to FAT/OILY rice, but in reality the term came from the liberal use of coconut milk in the rice; hence the rich, sinful and aromatic taste) @ Village Park, Damansara Uptown.
Since I got ‘sounded’ for being tooooooooooooooooooooo long-winded recently (hehe), I’ll cut this post to as short as possible. So brief you can’t even believe your eyes. Yes, and you’d feel that you’ll be craving for more words of wisdoms/rants/incoherent ramblings/nonsense from Motormouth.
Okay, that’s enough. Let’s read about how Village Park; THE king of all Nasi Lemak in Klang Valley (they got the ex-PM as one of their fans, AND voted best nasi lemak twice in a row!) fared in my books …….
At the speed of them chopping up the chickens like no tomorrow, you’d be wondering how many were slaughtered on a daily basis!
You take away (tapau), you queue and wait. You dine in, also you need to queue and wait. You CAN choose to be seated if say, you’re in a LARGE group, but bear in mind that service can be seriously slow during peak hours.
Nasi Lemak with their signature fried chicken (RM6.50/USD2.20) – Very worthy, since this same portion will cost you at least RM10 in shopping malls.
Nasi Lemak with Rendang Daging (RM7.00/USD2.30) – Far from being melt-in-mouth tender, the beef was still passable, and I wouldn’t mind ordering this again.
Delicious Sambal (chili paste with onions) – Must have generous portion of Sambal to moisten up the rice and the fried anchovies + peanuts.
A paltry affair; the Teh Tarik (or rather, Teh Biasa) was a disaster. Pity, since a good, creamy and frothy one would go perfectly with the nasi lemak.
On the whole; the nasi lemak was GOOD. Not extremely outstanding, mind you. We suffered from a prolonged bout of thirst throughout the day, owing to the use of MSG possibly.
The chicken was crispy, and not tough like leather, but still could use a little more flavour to elevate the mediocrity of it all. The sambal was top notch, and no complaints there. The rendang daging came in a rather hefty portion, and well worth the RM7 paid. Or the 20 minutes or so of standing around looming over the counter (while dribbling saliva unknowingly).
And the rice… how can we forget the MAIN character of this? NASI is rice in Malay language. And the fluffy, separated grains of slightly sticky rice (like pulut/glutinous rice, but without the cloying factory) was good. Not as decadently aromatic and laden with ‘santan’ as desired, but still better than the average. I wouldn’t mind queuing up all over again; but I’d rather come at the odd hours (earlier than the birds, OR in between meals).
BEST Nasi Lemak? Until I have tried a better one, I’ll have to rest my case and succumb to this temptation again and again ……
If you feel like getting a suntan AND gobbling up your breakfast, come to Village Park.
Village Park Nasi Lemak (Halal)
5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel : 03-7710-7860
Opens from 7am – 8pm (Mon-Sat). 7am – 6pm (Sun).
*There, a post half the usual length. Satisfied?