Ayam Bawang

Today I am supposed to start showing you pictures of Turkey, but I’m going to show you chicken instead.

Sorry, that was lame…

Okay, so something’s came up that requires more of my attention this week, so I guess I won’t be travel blogging daily this week. Maybe I’ll alternate between Istanbul and crappy blog entries this week.

I had the privilege to chauffeur a friend around today, and we decided to come this nasi kandar stall for dinner: Nasi Kandar Ayam Bawang. It is located inside the Jalan Tengah flats food court, and it is supposed to be very famous. This was my first time trying it…

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6 PM queue

For the international readers, nasi kandar is a Tamil Muslim (we call them Mamak) cuisine and another of those local staples, those “what the locals really eat” thing. Nasi = rice, kandar = pole, so nasi kandar means rice on poles. This is because originally, the Mamaks sold their rice and meats and curry by carrying the food in containers balanced on a pole on their shoulders while making their rounds in the neighborhood. We don’t see that anymore nowadays as the Mamaks have evolved from poles into restaurants.

Also, ayam = chicken and bawang = onions (or shallots), in this case ayam bawang = chicken with fried shallots.

These were what I got:

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Rice, cabbage, onion omelette, tandoori chicken breast and fried shallots, flooded with mixed curry gravy (RM 6.80)

In case you are wondering if I have gotten over my dislike over onions, I have not. I thought I was getting long beans omelette and only realized I was mistaken when I cut a chunk of it and put into my mouth. Tsk!

Also, although I consider shallots = onions, but… but but… this place is called the ayam bawang place. The fried shallots is THE reason why this place is hugely popular.

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Look! Wooohhh!!!

So crispy, so crunchy! Nice!!!


  1. Ayam bawang, mmmmm. Just without all the curry and chilli, thank you. Love fried shallots and fried bawang. Could eat them any day.

    Such a colourful dish you had, but I am guessing it was also quite oily and salty too… πŸ™„

  2. Wow.. queuing up for Nasi Kandar… like Line Clear in Penang.. and in Ipoh, there is a long Q too at the Jalan Yang Kalsom Yong Suan if not mistaken.. I seldom take hot spicy curry but I like those fresh crispy fried fish and chicken with bawang!

    • Line Clear is on a totally different level, that one is crazy famous! This one is just normal famous only. πŸ™„

    • Noooo!! If you put freshly fried shallot in soup, then it is pointless already (for me lah), because the crispiness is gone!

  3. The Malay version of this Nasi Kandar Ayam Bawang would be Nasi Kukus with Ayam Berempah. When they fry the chicken and scoop it up, all the remnants of spices and onions will fall to the bottom and these will be scooped up as well onto the rice…yummy! There’s no such thing as too much fried onions for me! πŸ˜€ You mean you have a dislike for fried onions? The Chinese stalls (like some prawn mee stalls) make their own fried shallots, so those are good but some use pre-fried ones (bought in packets) and those are not πŸ™

    • Sounds better (different) than the one I had. Mine was tandoori chicken, and the shallots was fried separately in spices, and then they were both scooped into different containers for mass selling. πŸ™„

      I have a dislike for Chinese fried onions, usually they are not freshly fried like the ones in Malay and Mamak shops, and are quite disgusting to me. I only like warm and crispy fried shallots.

  4. This Ayam Bawang looks very-very delicious and very-very cheap for RM6.80!!!! You can never get this price for so much dishes here.
    I love shallots and could eat them itself like snacks. I wonder why many people loathed it?

    • Sure or not? Basically it was only chicken, the egg and veggie cheap stuff lah… not like I had sotong or kambing… πŸ™„

      I love freshly fried shallots. Those that has been left around for more than 30 minutes or worse, those pre-fried ones, disgusting lah… not crispy anymore…

    • If having Chinese food, I also do the same, pick them out. I only eat freshly fried ones that are still warm and crispy, those are good.

    • Last time I do not like cold fried shallots but okay with freshly fried warm fried shallots, now I still the same. πŸ˜›

  5. The word Bawang makes me think of the anti hair-fall shampoo endorsed by Jacky Chan (can only get from Watsons/Guardian).. Plan to buy this weekend, my hair-fall, terrible wasehhh.. People say when babies begin to play with saliva, then the mummy will fall hair, seems true.. Eh, lots of people already wor, at 6pm.. I will also go q up and try, since not very late, and the crowd still ok.. Err, to be honest, too much fried shallots for me.. I don’t really like it, especially when you burp later, wahlao, the smell very yucky..

    • Aiyo… don’t so stress lah, stress is what causes your hair to drop I think. 😐

      I never burp leh… You sure fried shallots will make you burp? Those freshly fried ones very nice leh, warm and crispy and crunchy and shiny. Not the ones from Chinese noodles stalls lah, those Chinese one cannot one… I also hate it…

    • That’s because you have not been hanging out at the “right” places. Cheap food will not come with dining comfort, but instead comes with some stench and mosquitoes while dining. πŸ™„

  6. looks good…but the omelette like abit hangus on the surface. I prefer chicken drumstick or thigh coz it taste much better with tender meat. So, this stall will defautly put fried shallots for every order of chicken dish? I tink the tandoori chicken is all good by itself.

    • I different ma, I don’t care about texture or smoothness or all those shit. I care about less bones and more meat, and that’s what chicken breast is all about. πŸ˜›

      No lah, the chicken and bawang are cooked separately in different containers, but they are famous for this combo leh, you can choose to omit the shallots lah, but then no point to go there anymore. πŸ™„

  7. That is a lot of fried shallots. I am ok with eating onions and shallots in stir fry but I do not like the taste of fried shallots at all. When I order noodles I will say please don’t put any fried shallots which the stall owner will be very happy because shallots are quite expensive. Does the name of your friend start with A?

    • Those fried shallots in Chinese noodles stalls, those cannot one lah, I will omit those bullshit too. I can only deal with freshly fried shallots which are still warm and crispy and nice.

      No, not that friend… πŸ™„

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