Hmmm.. a nasi lemak sandwich?
Yes, you read right. The Nasi Lemak sandwich exists for real!
Fest at Jaya One rendition of our beloved nasi lemak came in the form of a thick chicken patty cooked in a waffle pan (hence the shape) in between thick sourdough, each side spread with spicy sambal and stuffed with julienned fresh cucumbers, crispy baked anchovies (less oil, less calories), crushed peanuts and egg omelette strips.
This sandwich is hearty thanks to the chunky, almost 100% chicken meat patty and the compact sourdough.
For RM14.00 nett, I thought it could pass as a burger more than a mere sandwich.
Admittedly some diners might find it dry as there is no additional sauce to the whole assemble and the sourdough can be pretty rough to chew.
I however, had no complaints since I never liked my burgers or sandwiches soaked in mayo or any sauce.
Purist might balk at the use of the chicken waffle patty, and perhaps demand the common kunyit (turmeric) fried chicken instead.
Well, the Nasi Lemak sandwich is meant to be a Fest’s unique version, and it is not meant to replicate our nasi lemak in its 100% entirety.
As a crazed nasi lemak enthusiast I’ve done my rounds of savouring the recent nasi lemak novelties and I’ve done so with an open mind.
It is after all, up to the creator/cafe owners’ imagination and interpretation of how they would like to position their products.
However, I’m entitled to share my personal verdicts after sampling these nasi lemak “permutations” so I’ve published some postings of my reviews, which you may use as reference if your curiosity is piqued.
All in all, I’m of opinion that whatever and however crazy the creation is, each must possess some flavours of nasi lemak (if it is named and marketed as such) and the overall taste and texture should more or less resemble a typical serving of our unofficial national dish.
The (1) nasi lemak sushi at Ruyi and Lyn was excellent but the (2) nasi lemak maki roll at Boxes Cafe barely passed muster. I personally thought the (3) nasi lemak cheesecake at Lepaq Lepaq is a waste of money while the (4) nasi lemak gelato by Cielo Dolci has been a success since its inception.
Nasi lemak salad (5)?
Yes, our beloved nasi lemak can be quite a delicious salad, and this is only available until end of May at Chai Bar, Telawi Bangsar or Oasis Damansara.
Meanwhile this Nasi Lemak sandwich at Fest is set to be a permanent fixture for now.
I, for one, wouldn’t mind regular dosages of it!
For drinks, I’m currently hooked on Fest’s affogato with teh tarik ice cream.
Fest’s standard Affogato (RM12) is served with coconut ice cream but I had requested for it to be swapped with their teh tarik version instead.
As expected, it turned out to be a terrific combination!
For a twist out of the ordinary, Fest offers a Soy Chai (RM15).
I love chai and this soy version didn’t disappoint. Just be sure to let it seep for about 15 minutes after it is served before pouring it out to your glass.
And just so you know, this pot pours out 2 full glasses so it can be shared by 2.
I’m planning to be at Fest more often. The rest of the menu looks promising, the staff is friendly, service is warm and the cakes looks good!
If you see me, #BelanjaKopi ok? 🙂
Fest at Jaya One
(right in front of The School by Jaya One with maroon awning, and we are neighbours of Fontera and Morning After)
E-83-G.3G, The Square, Jaya One,
72A, Jalan Universiti,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Mon-Tue: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed-Thu: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm