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…
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:
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.
So crispy, so crunchy! Nice!!!