List of Nasi Kerabu in Klang Valley: seeking the best!

As I was compiling the list for delicious Hokkien Mee in the Klang Valley, I was also busy stuffing myself with the best nasi kerabu available in PJ/KL.

A meal of nasi kerabu is a feast to both the eyes and tastebuds. The pretty blue for the grains is usually derived from bluepea flowers (otherwise it would be food coloring) while the myriad of herbs and vegetables heaped on the plate add both colours and taste.
What I enjoy most about eating nasi kerabu is the simultaneous burst of amazing flavours and textures in the mouth – the aroma from the herbs, the crunch from fresh vegetables, the pungent budu, the heat from the sambal (chili paste) and the sweetness from roasted kerisik (coconut). Some vendors includes a ‘kuah tumis‘ or serunding ikan (fish floss) for further dose of flavour!

My diet is generally low-carb but just like nasi lemak, my other carb addiction, I would allow myself to enjoy the rice in my nasi kerabu, for without rice nasi kerabu or nasi lemak won’t be the same!


NOTE:
1. The list is in no particular order.
2. I/we paid for our meals 


My personal picks are (in no particular order):
(1)  Che Nah’s nasi kerabu – sold from a van in TTDI
(2)  Cik Mek Molek, Medan Selera Wawasan PJ
(3)  Kampung Nasi Kerabu, Segambut
(4)  Dua by Skonhs 
(5)  Pak Man Kota Damansara
(6) ….

I know it is surprising that out of so many nasi kerabu that I’ve had, I could only listed four. Just so you know, this is based on my personal preference and I found the above four to be particularly tasty, while the rest are decent.


1. Kampung Nasi Kerabu, Segambut


Address:
Open stall under a tree at Jalan 2/61, Segambut, 51200, Kuala Lumpur.
Waze: ” Jalan 2/61″
Tel: +6016 9443613
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Close on: Sundays. Please call before heading over just to be sure.  

Summary: Big portion with generous amount of ulam (not just rice), spicy, punchy sambal (syiok!), tasty sauces and the kerisik was freshly roasted and fragrant.
Price: RM6.00.

  


2. Che Nah’s nasi kerabu, TTDI


Address: A mobile van located at a junction fronting the Guardian pharmacy in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Waze: ” Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2″
Tel: –
Hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 am.
Close on: No fixed date.

Summary: The TTDI folks rated Che Nah as one the best nasi kerabu in KL and they were right.  The solok lada was solid – firm, fishy and tasty. The budu sauce, the chilli sambal and the kuah were great and the combinations of these gave Che Nah the edge over many other nasi kerabu sellers.

Price: RM4.50 for a basic pack. I added solok lada so this was RM7. Takeaway only.

  


3. Cik Mek Molek, Medan Selera Wawasan PJ


Address:
Stall No. 9, Selera Wawasan, Jalan SS3/33, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Waze: “Cik Mek Molek “
Tel: –
Hours: 7:30 am – 2:00 pm.
Close on: Sat and Sundays.

Summary: This is another solid option well worth the price. Food is homely, fresh and clean. I like how each herb/vegetable was sliced finely and served separated on the plate. Though this is a lot within a small hawker centre the owners showed finesse in the preparation. Maybe I was early (around 10 am) but the raw vegetables does look like it was freshly cut, not the chopped-in-advance, browning-at-the-edges sort, if you know what I mean.
I enjoyed all 3 dishes and left truly satisfied.

Price: RM7.00 for the nasi kerabu. RM6 laksam. RM7 for Johor Laksa.


4. Dua by Skohns


Address:
12A, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Waze: Dua by Skohns
Tel: –
Hours: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am.
Close on: Mondays.

Summary: I prefer my nasi kerabu plain or with just one solok lada. However, at Dua at Skohns their tender, finger-licking good ayam percik is superb!
I don’t fancy fried chicken with my nasi kerabu as I felt that the strong spices in the marinade mess with the overall taste of nasi kerabu, but I was fine with the percik and pouring the percik kuah over nasi kerabu actually made it taste better!

Anyhow, fret not if you absolutely must have your fried chicken because there are 3 different options for nasi kerabu here:
** Fancy salted egg chicken with nasi kerabu? Only possible at Dua by Skohns!
Nasi Kerabu Ayam Percik (RM12.72)
Nasi Kerabu Ayam Goreng Rempah (RM12.72)
Nasi Kerabu Salted Egg Chicken (RM14.50)

Price: RM12.72 nett.


5. Zul @ Brickfields


Address:
Zul Nasi Kukus, Jalan Padang Belia,
54700 Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.
(It is a stall on the sidewalk)
Waze: “Jalan Padang Belia “
Tel: –
Hours: Lunch to 4 pm.
Close on: TBA

Summary: One of my best discoveries within Brickfields was Zul’s nasi kerabu and nasi kukus. Each rice portion for the nasi kukus is steamed individually, as it should be.
Zul himself is a cheery fellow and most happy to chat as he worked. I’m more of a Nasi Kerabu fan and I find Zul’s version good. For a more substantial meal you add a piece of Zul’s aromatic, juicy fried chicken.

Price: Nasi Kerabu – RM5.00. With chicken – RM8.50.


6. Restoran Tuu Dok Ko 1488, Batu Caves


Address: Jalan Samudera Utara 2,
Taman Samudra, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.
Waze: “Tuu Dok Ko “
Tel: –
Hours: 6:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Close on: Mondays.

Summary:
Their Nasi Dagang is what 80% of their clientele came for. The kerabu, much less so. We didn’t manage to get the nasi dagang, but we did try nasi kerabu and laksam.
The nasi kerabu was decent but the laksam (RM3.50) was lovely. Each roll was soft, silky-slide-down-your-throat texture and though the gravy was light, it was packed with much umami goodness!

Price: From RM5.00 onwards per portion depending on what you order.

 


7. Kampung Ulam Nasi Kerabu


Address: This is a roadside stall next to a jungle. Waze yourself to “The Ulam Kampung” which is a restaurant opposite this makeshift stall.
Jln Cecawi 6/33, Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Waze: ” The Ulam Kampung “
Tel: –
Hours: 7am – 4 pm
Close on: TBA

Summary: I didn’t like this one. That was surprising since some trusted friends said it was good. Perhaps I visited on a bad day. The sauces (budu, sambal) were weak, the solok lada soggy, the herbs and vegetables components were lacking in flavours (more cabbage (which was tasteless) than anything else).
Price: RM5 onwards.

BELOW: This is how the shack looks like.

Come early and you might get some chicken hot off the grill.


8. Kesom, Aman Suria


Address:
F-46-G, Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Waze: ” “
Tel: –
Hours: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.
Close on: Wednesday.

Summary:  The nasi kerabu was ok for that price. Mee Siam was bad and there are definitely much better fried chicken at mamaks.

Price: RM5.00 – nasi kerabu. RM5.00 – mee siam. Each piece of fried chicken – RM5.00.


9. 10 Years, Evolve Mall


Address: Lot EV-G-08 Evolve Concept Mall,
Pacific Place Ara Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/44, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Waze: ” “
Tel: –
Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Close on: No off days.

Summary: Satisfying tasty. But of course, it is RM21.90 so…
Price: Nasi Kuning RM12.90 (with satay). Nasi Kerabu RM21.90.


10. Makan Time, Kota Damansara


Address: 68, Jalan Teknologi 3/9,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Waze: ” Makan Time”
Tel: –
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Close on: Sundays. 

Summary: The portion is big and worth it for the price. Tastewise I prefer the Khao Jam which is also served on the same day – every Friday.
Price: RM11.00.

BELOW: This is the Khao Jam, also RM11.


11. KB Mah, Kampung Baru


Address:
Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

Waze: “Jalan Raja Muda Musa”
Tel: –
Hours: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Close on: No fixed date.

Summary: Cheap and satisfying for RM4.50!
Price: RM4.50.


12. Chunburi Seafood, Kampung Baru


Address:
13B Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

Waze: “Jalan Raja Muda Musa “
Tel: –
Hours: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am.
Close on: No fixed date.

Summary: Food at Chunburi is generally good and the nasi kerabu is one of their signature dishes.
Price: RM6.00 plain. RM12 plus chicken and solok lada.


13. Kak Som, Kampung Baru


Address:
15, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
Waze: ” Kak Som”
Tel: –
Hours: TBA
Close on: No fixed date.

Summary: TBA
Price: RM


14. Kak Ayu roadside stall on Jalan Desa Bakti


Address:
Jalan Desa Bakti – Stall in front of the Masjid Muhsinin/Sekolah Rendah Agama Taman Danau Desa
Waze: “Masjid Muhsinin “
Tel: –
Hours: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Close on: No fixed date – call to check if she is selling. 

Summary:
Honestly I thought it was pricy for a roadside stall and the overall taste (sambal, budu, fresh herbs and vegetables) was just ok. On top of that she only gave a QUARTER of salted egg!
Anyhow, Kak Ayu is a nice lady. Her stall can be considered permanent considering that it is right in front of her house (yeap, she told me that) so unless DBKL come by to kacau, she is likely to be selling this for some time.

Price: RM7.00 for basic nasi kerabu. Yes, with a QUARTER salted egg. -_-


15. Warung Kayu Manis, Wisma Central Ampang


Address:
Wisma Central, Jalan Ampang, 56100 Kuala Lumpur.
Waze: ” Wisma Central”
Tel: –
Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Close on:  Weekends. 

Summary: This shop has been operational for 6 years and it is one of the busiest food outlet within Wisma Central. The variety is amazing – tables groaning under the weight of trays of ulam (raw herbs and vegetables) and cooked dishes, huge woks filled with rich, red curries of varying meats/seafood as well as grilled fishes.

BELOW: The outlet: Walk right to the back of Wisma Central and turn right.

Price: Kerabu – RM4.50. Solok Lada – RM2.00.


16. Pak Man, Kota Damansara


Address:
49G, Jalan Sepah Puteri 5/1b, Pusat Dagangan Seri Utama,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya.
Waze: “Nasi Pak Man “
Tel: –
Hours: 6:00pm – 2:00am.
Close on: 4 days within a year, no fixed date.

Summary:
The laksam was pretty good and the nasi kerabu pretty good out of so many I’ve had so far. The added kuah that we paid RM2.00 for turned out to be kerutuk – a Kelantanese concentrated type of curry which I found both tasty and intriguing at the same time.
Price: RM4.80 – basic nasi kerabu. RM4.80 – daging bakar. RM6.80 – laksam. RM6.00 – ayam percik. RM2.00 – additional kuah (gravy).


17. Rarn D’Anggun, Subang 


Address: 28, Jalan USJ 9/5N,
Subang Business Centre, 47630, Selangor.
Waze: ” “
Tel: –
Hours: 11:00 am – 1:00 am.
Close on: Wednesday.

Summary: To be updated.

Price: Basic Nasi Kerabu : RM5.00.


18. Makan House, Bangsar 


Address:
No 5 Jalan Bangsar
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Waze: ” “
Tel: –
Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Close on: Mondays.

Summary:  To be updated.
Price: RM TBA

 


19. Medan Selera Damansara Kim


Address:
Medan Selera Damansara Kim
Jalan SS20/10
PJ, Malaysia.
Waze: “Medan Selera Damansara Kim “
Tel: –
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Close on: Mondays.

Summary:  While this medan selera is better known for the famous Damansara Kim fish head noodles, there are other stalls worth trying out such as the popular Al Baraq nasi kukus as well as this particular Malay economy rice stall which offers a good variety of dishes. The nasi dagang and nasi kerabu were pretty good but available only on certain days.

Price: RM5.50 for the basic nasi kerabu.

 

 BELOW: The no name stall.


MORE TO COME!


That is all for now.
If you have a good nasi kerabu recommendation, please share with me! I would make time to go check it out. 😀

Lastly, do note that all summaries given are my personal opinions and may or may not be similar with yours.


Other lists:


1. On the search for KL’s best Hokkien Mee – 18 listed!
2. Where to eat Khao Jam in KL/PJ – not many but there’s a few!