To put it simply, Madam Kwan’s is a swanky coffee shop that serves local cuisine and their most famous dish is Nasi Lemak, or coconut flavoured rice and traditionally most of its accompaniments served, like chicken, cuttlefish, beef, anchovies are spicy.
But since we made up our mind for to save our stomach for some A&W after this meal, we decided to share lunch and opted for their Nasi Bojari (RM20.50), or Tri-coloured Rice with Assam Prawns, Beef Rendang, Deep Fried Chicken Drumstick, and Half a Boiled Egg. Customers who have an aversion to beef can choose to have it replace with chicken curry instead, but not me – since I came all the way for this!
This dish has its origins in Indonesia and is layered red, yellow and white. Frying the rice with bits of chicken, garlic and dried prawns, and lightly tinting the rice with red, and yellow from turmeric creates this dish.
The beef rendang is very tender and doesn’t come across as too intense such that one cannot have too much of it, it is good but I still prefer the one at Warung M. Nasir at Killiney Road.
The assam prawns are big and crunchy and goes well with the rice, but perhaps in order to cater to the masses, I do realise that their spiciness doesn’t really pack a punch – not what I have expected from our neighbouring countries who are known for their spices better than our little island.
The chicken was slightly more disappointing. It came slightly too dry for my liking and the skin wasn’t even crispy – I have definitely eaten better deep-fried chicken drumstick than this.
Since I can’t live without veggies for long, we ordered a plate of Kangkong Stirred Fried with Belacan (RM13.00), or Spicy Dried Shrimp Paste Sauce. The veggies were stirred fried just nice without being overcooked. Taste wise, I expected it to be spicier but overall it was still satisfactory.
Overall, I feel that this would be a good place to bring your Caucasian friend to sample some nice local food in a nice ambience. I also have to commend on their service – the waiter was attentive throughout topping our water and the captain had a good command of English (Yes, we have encountered several instances elsewhere when they just stare blankly back at us).
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