We begin our coverage of Malaysian food with Nasi Lemak Wak Kentut, one of the most famous Nasi Lemak stalls in Kulaijaya, Johor. Kulaijaya, which will soon revert to its original name Kulai, is Sheryn’s hometown and it is only a 30 minutes drive from the Johor-Singapore Causeway. It is just above Johor Bahru, and we hope to bring you a ton of delicious food reviews from both Johor Bahru and Kulai.
Nasi Lemak Wak Kentut has a concept that is relatively unknown in Singapore. They serve the most delicious fried chicken nasi lemak ever! While our readers from Singapore are used to the typical fried chicken wings in their nasi lemak, Wak Kentut takes it a step further only serves different parts of fried chicken with their nasi lemak. You get to select the part of the chicken that you would like, down to the very piece that you want.
Service and Ordering
This is a typical self-service stall – you select the chicken piece that you want, they cut it up for you, and they ‘plonk’ it on your plate. In some ways this is fast food. For those that don’t have a very good grasp of Malay:
Language Comparison Chart
|Nasi||Rice||You should know what this means…|
|Telur||Egg||… and this word too|
|Ayam||Chicken||… and this word too|
|Goreng||Fried||Ayam goreng = fried chicken|
|Tambah||Add||If you want extra rice|
|Limau||Lime||You can add lime to conventional drinks|
|Sirap||Rose Syrup||Literal translation = syrup|
Nasi Lemak Wak Kentut – Nasi Lemak Telur and Ayam Goreng
This is their star dishes and I was highly anticipating it. If you look at the preparation area you will be able to see the chicken being deep fried into some special oh-so-sinful marinate. It didn’t look the most hygienic but it sure as hell looked more delicious than any nasi lemak stall preparation in Singapore.
The nasi lemak rice is of a very high standard. It has a very strong coconut milk fragrance and it is perfectly soft and very mildly moist. I think the rice here might possibly beat out the one at Selera Rasa in Singapore. The fried chicken or ayam goreng is also something so unique and delicious that you will never find anything similar in Singapore. The chicken has the perfect crispiness level, again superior to Selera Rasa. Additionally, there is this addictive taste that comes from the chicken marinate and it sets this fried chicken apart head and shoulders from the competition. If you take the chicken together with the rice and sambal chilli, you might just experience heaven for a few seconds. We rate this dish 4.5/5. One serving of nasi lemak, egg and fried chicken will only set you back MYR$6.
Teh ‘O’ Limau Panas
If you want to try something different for your drink you must try Sheryn’s personal favourite – the Teh ‘O’ Limau Panas. This is basically hot tea with lime and you would not find this around much in Singapore. As for the taste, you can imagine hot lemon tea on steroids. We rate this drink 4/5.
This is a scene that you would commonly see in Malaysia but rarely in Singapore. It is almost serene to see alfresco dining just by the roadside where you would experience vehicles just whiz past you on a cool night. It is amazing how two places separated by only a 30 minutes drive have diverged so much in 50 years.
If you are looking for something different from your usual Johor Bahru shopping on a weekend, take the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) down to Kulai and try the super delicious nasi lemak here. And yes, the shopping in Kulai is significantly cheaper than Johor Bahru.