LRT No. 11/50 articles – LRT Kampung Baru: Prasarana x Malay Mail x Rebecca Saw
NOTE: This is my year long collaboration with Malay Mail and I am charged to explore gastronomic around (within 600 m walk) fifty selected (Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (RapidKL) train stations (LRT & MRT).
** Written work (pre-edit by editor) and images are mine.
Published article: Published 18th September 2017
1. In Malay Mail e-Paper:
2. On Malay Mail.com: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/eat-drink/article/fine-local-fare-around-kampung-baru-lrt-station
ORIGINAL submitted article: My long winded one!
Here I go again on another 600 metre walking food trail, this time from the Kampung Baru LRT station.
In between courses of nasi lemak, tom yam and mango sticky rice I observed the makciks, pakciks and young women helpers manning the food outlets along Jalan Raja Muda Musa, which incidentally, are where the majority of the food outlets are clustered at – or at least those within 600 metres from the LRT.
Some are friendly and happy to chitchat, but most were preoccupied with business.
Numerous eateries and open-air restaurants offering predominantly Malay and Thai cuisine lined both sides of Jalan Raja Muda Musa.
Options varied from nasi kerabu to sate and nasi campur as well as Bubur Nasi Berlauk, a novelty that seemed to be synonymous with Kampung Baru. Just like ‘nasi campur’, there are various ready dishes to choose from and these are enjoyed with porridge instead of rice.
Yes, delicious choices are aplenty at Kampung Baru and I reckon that most, if not all, offer decent fare but which would be the locals’ recommended favourites?
BELOW: Nasi Kerabu, RM5.00 from KB Tomyam Seafood.
One of the makcik I chatted with while chowing down excellent meat skewers from Sate Padang Pak Saf sang praises of Restoran Suraya. I’ve visited Suraya during the Ramadan month and the crowd was crazy. Subsequent visits on weekday evenings saw the place as hectic and noisy as ever with almost non-existent service but somehow it still draws in a steady crowd.
The reason is obvious once you have a meal here. Restoran Suraya offers variety and fresh, delicious fare for reasonable prices. Their menu is primarily Malay plus a handful of Kelantanese-Thai dishes. A table at the entrance is dedicated to all versions of kerabu and their enticing pandan glutinous rice with sweet mango are house favourites.
Kerang bakar (grilled cockles) is hard to come by nowadays but one can be assured of a decent serving of them here.
BELOW: Pak Saf sate padang.
Two other outlets favoured for good food plus great variety are Kak Som and Chonburi Seafood. Both offer addictive nasi kerabu, nasi dagang and laksam as well as the typical nasi campur dishes. Nasi Kerabu consist of rice cooked with bunga telang for that distinct blue hue topped with a variety of minced ulam (shredded raw herbs and vegetables), complemented with lush amounts of coconut flakes for that toasty flavour and lastly completing it with splashes of sambal and budu (fish sauce).
Try this if you don’t mind raw vegetables else you might want to dig into nasi dagang instead.
BELOW: Nasi Kerabu @Chonburi Seafood.
At Chunburi Seafood, the kuih stand is also popular and again, the sheer number of colorful kuih literally dazzles. Succumb to temptation and grab at least 5 types to try!
Kak Som, Kampung Baru:
Chonburi Seafood, Kampung Baru:
Gerai Pak Lang Ikan Bakar stood out from the other nasi campur outlets for its impressive array of grilled fishes.
Equally impressive is the long table laden with trays of beef, chicken, fish, cow lung, vegetables, egg and various other ingredients cooked in multiply ways from fried to kicap to curry and in soups.
The ulam (raw vegetables) are paired with 2-4 choices of sambal.
If you are seeking for specific dishes, you have 2 choices as a start for nasi lemak – Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa Kampung Baru or Nasi Lemak Wanjor. I prefer the latter.
Begin constructing your meal with a basic helping of nasi lemak consisting of rice, a half boiled egg, fried anchovies and cucumber. Then heap on your preferred ‘lauk‘ from the options on display – sambal sotong, ayam rendang, fried chicken and whatever else you fancy. I recommend generous spoonfuls of the sweet spicy sambal for kicks.
BELOW: Nasi Lemak Wanjor.
RM11.50 (rice, chicken, egg, tempeh) plus one iced tea.
An-Nur Biryani Gam caught my attention as it is the only outlet offering Johorean cuisine in Kampung Baru. I love Laksa Johor but it isn’t commonly available so I will order it whenever I see it on a menu.
An-Nur’s version was satisfying enough, rich and thick with fish. For RM6.00, it was a filling portion too.
Local food aside, at Medan Selera Pintu Gerbang Amir (A Station Steak House) one can tuck into hearty portions of pastas, chicken chop, steaks and grilled lamb for less than RM30 – RM40. However flavours are very much localized so do set your expectations accordingly.
(1) Gerai Pak Lang Ikan Bakar, (2) Chunburi Seafood, (3) An-Nur Biryani Gam, (4) Nasi Lemak Wanjor, (5) Nasi Lemak AntaraBangsa, (6) Pak Saf Sate Padang, (7) Suraya Seafood, (8) Kak Som Kg Baru, (9) Medan Selera Pintu Gerbang Amir (A Station Steak House)
Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
There is only one exit – Lorong Raja Muda Musa 1/Kelab Sultan Sulaiman/Jalan Sg Baru. **
Exit the fare gates and take the escalator up to street level.
Once you’re on street level, turn right and walk along Jalan Hassan Saleh. The road will curve to the right. Follow the road. At the junction you will see Chunburi Seafood opposite you. Pak Saf Sate Padang is on your left (evenings only).
Turn left and this is Jalan Raja Muda Musa.
All the food outlets are on this road.
Last but not least….
My original article is usually longer/ ‘more complete’ since I wrote on and on without restriction.
Understandably, due to space constraints, the original was edited prior to publication. Thus I’ve shared my original article as above.
You may also find that my articles for this Prasarana x Malay Mail x Rebecca Saw series rather diplomatic/non- opinionated, but it is meant to be so as per the brief given.
Anyhow, if you think I’ve missed out on some eateries worth highlighting near any MRT/LRT stations, please let me know! I’ll be sure to go check it out.
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