Saturday, April 02, 2005

Nasi Kandar Kayu

Seymour Cakes and was kind enough to belanja ( treat ) me and another friend of mine to a dinner at Nasi Kandar Kayu a week ago.

It was my first time at this extremely famous place. Nasi Kandar Kayu originated from Penang and has since opened up a few branches here and there. The one we went to was located in SS2. According to Seymour who's a true blue Penangnite, the Nasi Kandar Kayu in SS2 is better than the one they have in Penang. Which is surprising because after all Penang is the home of Nasi Kandar!

Anyways I took some pictures that night including a picture of an unbelievably high roti-tisu. Sadly I corrupted my phone's memory card in a Bluetooth transfer accident before I was able to save the pictures to my hard disk.

I was thoroughly impressed with the food. The Nasi Kandar I had was with sotong ( squid ) but the food was un-Godly expensive. My dish cost RM13 while Seymore who had Nasi Kandar with chicken paid about RM8. But that was only the first impression.

Remembering the great food I had the first time I went back there 3 days later with Siew Toh but that day it sucked! What the hell went wrong?


These pictures taken during my second visit to Kayu. I had rice with sotong again. Somehow or rather it wasn't as good as when I first had it. Maybe it's just psychological but on my second visit it simply tasted plain.


The way they serve their roti-canai ( and variations ) is pretty cute. They have specially made plates where they can easily place the curry on top.

So on my second visit I felt quite disappointed with the food. Siew Toh had ordered a roti telur bawang ( lit. bread egg onion, which is an Indian bread with egg and onion ommelette inside ). The roti telur was ok but the fish curry provided was terrible.

Because the place made such an impression on me I wanted to give it a chance to redeem itself. I ordered another roti-canai ( plain bread ) just so I can try their chicken curry. Chicken curry created by the hands of a good Malaysian Indian Restaurant is the most fragrant curry you can get. Unfortunately, Nasi Kandar Kayu failed to deliver. Their chicken curry tasted totally weird.

Conclusion: inconsistent food quality and extremely expensive. I would probably still come back to try my luck to see if the food is better.

posted by wyejon at Saturday, April 02, 2005 (permalink) |

4 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Anonymous Anonymous

While I respect you for giving them chance after chance, I don't understand why are Malaysians giving those hard-earned money to those over-priced shops.. What is Nasi Kandar? Just another over-priced halal "chap fan" to me. Want good food? Travel to Batu Pahat, Johor. Ask the locals for the direction to the Southern Hospital and once you are there, there will be a muslim food court opposite the hospital. Once you are there, look for the crowded malay Nasi Briyani stall. That's proper nasi briyani at only RM4.00 per plate! I have tasted nasi briyani cooked by proper Indian Chefs but Indians are miles behind..

BTW, I know why the food taste terrible the second time. It might be because the typical style of mamak food. The taste are too overpowering, too pungent as in taste.. You'll feel sick of it after one time..

5:29 PM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Anonymous

While I respect you for giving them chance after chance, I don't understand why are Malaysians giving those hard-earned money to those over-priced shops.. What is Nasi Kandar? Just another over-priced halal "chap fan" to me. Want good food? Travel to Batu Pahat, Johor. Ask the locals for the direction to the Southern Hospital and once you are there, there will be a muslim food court opposite the hospital. Once you are there, look for the crowded malay Nasi Briyani stall. That's proper nasi briyani at only RM4.00 per plate! I have tasted nasi briyani cooked by proper Indian Chefs but Indians are miles behind..

BTW, I know why the food taste terrible the second time. It might be because the typical style of mamak food. The taste are too overpowering, too pungent as in taste.. You'll feel sick of it after one time..

5:29 PM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Anonymous

today , i went to Kayu Nasi Kandar around 12:30am. there were 8 or us.and actually we went there many times before. But today, one of the worker made me very angry and now is chinese new year. Chinese is very 'pantang' for get scolded and of course the workers is an indian. he was very unsincere when we wanted to combine two table because we have 8 persons. he could just talk friendly to us and not like order us. my cousins and i immediately went off to another place to have our supper. what i'm going to tell is, if the boss could see this, please tell them about manners again.

1:40 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger RaTu

agree with you anonymous..have you ever taste JM Briyani? it taste even better than this restaurant.and they still claim that they're no one.i just dont get it!and if you said that the restaurant serves halal food, i think you should look for HALAL logo in your next visit to kayu nasi kandar.
talking about service, though they serves us quickly but im having difficulty in communication. these foreign waiters are unfriendly and do not speak good english or malay.personal grooming also were poor.the boss should send off the waiters to grooming classes or at least ask them to shower twice a day. if you know what i mean...
i can't understand why people like to hang out in mamaks.you have to pay double for a glass of teh tarik.

5:16 PM  

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