It was 25th July 2009 (Saturday). I was at Miri airport waiting to come back to Kuching. But since I had not had my dinner and nothing better to do, I stepped into what seem like a decent place to dine in an airport. Alone, yeah I know, sad right?
Kopitiam Malaya - Local Favorite Brewed Coffee
Well I dont drink coffee so, I tried something else. The staff were super friendly. At first I was kind of shock when I saw the pricing. Its about the same level as a 4star hotel restaurant. So I asked the staff, whats good. She recommended to me the Nasi Lemak Ayam, the best in town. Hmm.. Really? Ok I’ll give it a shot. And can I have a glass of iced lemon tea please.
So for those who do not know what Nasi Lemak is, here is something I copied from Wikipedia. (still cant believe there is a wiki for nasi lemak! hahahaha)
Nasi lemak is a dish sold in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Southern Thailand. In Kuala Lumpur, it is called the national dish, a national heritage of Malaysia. The version sold in the east coast of Malaysia, Terengganu and Kelantan is called Nasi Dagang although both dishes can usually be found sold side by side for breakfast. There is a similar dish in Indonesia called nasi uduk.
With roots in Malay culture, its name is a Malay word that literally means ‘rice in cream’. The name is derived from the cooking process whereby rice is soaked in coconut cream and then the mixture steamed. Sometimes knotted screwpine (pandan) leaves are thrown into the rice while steaming to give it more fragrance. Spices such as ginger (common in Malay cuisine) and occasionally herbs like lemon grass may be added for additional fragrance.
Traditionally, this comes as a platter of food wrapped in banana leaf, with cucumber slices, small dried anchovies (ikan bilis), roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg, and hot spicy sauce (sambal) at its core. As a more substantial meal, nasi lemak can also come with a variety of other accompaniments such as chicken, cuttlefish, cockle, stir fried water convolvulus (kangkong), pickled vegetables (achar), beef rendang (beef stewed in coconut milk and spices) or paru (beef lungs). Traditionally most of these accompaniments are spicy in nature.
Nasi Lemak is widely eaten in Malaysia, even as a dish served in Malaysian schools. Nasi lemak is a common breakfast dish, sold early in the morning at roadside stalls in Malaysia, where it is often sold packed in newspaper, brown paper or banana leaf. However, there are restaurants which serve it on a plate as noon or evening meals, making it possible for the dish to be eaten all day. Nasi lemak panas which means hot nasi lemak is another name given to nasi lemak served with hot cooked rice.
Anyways as I waited a bit for the food to come, and what do I do when I have nothing better to do at a airport restaurant?
You make funny faces at the camera of course!
Then the food came..
Looks alright~ quite a generous portion of rice, peanut, anchovies and other things.
How about another close up. Dont ya just want to put your hand out and grab the food ? hehe
Well enough mucking about. For the price I’m paying, it was not worth it. The taste was just above average. I have tasted much better Nasi Lemak which cost less than RM 14.90. Yes it was not a typo. It actually was RM 14.90. And the Iced lemon tea. Goodness, RM 7.90. Was I mislead? Was I at a 5 star restaurant ? WTF !?
Dont believe me ?
There … evidence.. if you still dont believe you can come to my house and touch the reciept. I have it next to my desk here.
So fair warning travelers, if you see the MALAYSIAN WOK. Its not as good as they claim it to be. Trust me, I’m a local =P