I have always been fascinated by nasi padang stalls because of the sheer variety of flavours and colours to taste and feast upon with the eyes.
I was food spotting in Johor Jaya and was drawn to Nasi Padang JJ as I was impressed with their range of food. Nasi Padang JJ is like a mini one-shop Ramadhan bazaar, everyday!
In the kitchen, Man was doing the day's cooking with just one lady helper.
In the morning between 7:00am to 9:30am, Nasi Padang JJ sells nasi lemak. Each nasi lemak packed in these pointy cone packets costs RM1.50.
Kak Ami packs the nasi lemak with banana leaves and old newspaper at the shop every morning, in the old charming way.
When we unwrapped the nasi lemak, it was still warm inside and the coconut aroma escaped to greet our noses.
For lunch, I tried Nasi Padang JJ's beef rendang and squid stuffed with mashed tofu.
Nasi Padang JJ's authentic Padang style the beef rendang was tender, juicy and fragrant inside while the caramelised outside was stiffer. The gelatinous tendons and fats were smooth, soft and jelly like, adding interesting texture to the bite.
The good sized squid was stuffed with mashed tofu and egg. This was the first time I had this interesting fusion dish. The spicy chewy squid combined well with the softer, blander tofu and egg.
Kak Ami has an artistic eye and she takes a lot of pride in the presentation of her food. Let's watch the parade of just a small sampling of the food at Nasi Padang JJ.
These brinjal garnished with chili looks so colourful that it seemed like table art.
Spicy fried potato wedges with ground chili.
Quail fried to a crisp.
Fragrant pandan fried chicken.
Malay styled fried chicken.
Chicken rendang - not very photogenic but I bumped into the chef of a famous Chinese restaurant getting a packet of Nasi Padang JJ's for take away (bungkus). Shan't mention which Chinese restaurant but the chef told me that I got to try JJ's chicken rendang because it is special. So, next time :)
Nasi Padang JJ serves a lot of fish dishes.
Fried salted fish.
JJ's popular asam pedas ikan pari which Man and Ami are very proud of. I must come back for this :)
Healthy greens to complete our meal.
The different types of sambal chili to spice up our meal.
I can go on and on to show you more photos of Nasi Padang JJ's food but I think you got the idea :) The best is to go and see, and eat it for yourself :P
Restaurant name: Nasi Padang JJ
Address: 21, Jalan Teratai 4, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru
Hours: Breakfast 7:30am to 9:30am. Lunch/ Dinner 12:00 noon to 7:00pm
Dates visited: 26 Sep 2012, 27 Sep 2012