Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Nasi Lemak Kak Zai at Low Piak, Batu Pahat, Johor
This delicious nasi lemak with teh tarik all for a grand total of RM6.80.
I have to thank reader Hippototomos Miaw who suggested that I should try her favourite nasi lemak stall in Taman Nira, better known as Low Piak to locals in Batu Pahat. There are several warungs around here at Low Piak where many gather for their meals.
Once we found Low Piak (which is not far from the famous Mohd Shah nasi bryani), tracking down Kak Zai's stall is quite easy. Miaw said to look out for stall number 3 and the banner with Kak Zai on it :)
Bingo! Kak Zai's popular stall.
Kak Zai has been selling nasi lemak for 30 years - 20 years together with her dad and 10-plus years on her own. She is now assisted by her son Mohd Adha and a few workers.
Kak Zai's fried chicken thigh was exceptional. Crispy on the outside while nicely tender and slightly moist inside. Natural chicken sweetness with slight spice aroma and flavour.
The chicken wings and thighs are deep fried only when there is an order and Kak Zai chops them piping hot.
The sambal sotong (squids) were soft and had that unique savoury flavour.
The rice was average. The coconut fragrance was slight and the rice was in soft clumps and stuck together.
We also had a couple of slices of fried omelette.
I especially love Kak Zai's two sambals, one sweet (manis) and one spicy hot (pedas). Actually both are mildly spicy - one is sweet while the other is slightly salty. I love the sweet and mildly spicy one as it has a unique sotong (squid) flavour. The salty and mildly spicy one is made with anchovies (ikan bilis).
Kak Zai will point out to every customer the two large tubs of manis and pedas sambals.
Customers can ladle in their sambal according to their own preference.
For customers who want to take away their nasi lemak, Kak Zai will wrap it in plastic lined old newspaper - just like the good old days :)
The tea was exceptionally frothy and had just the right balance of sweetness and tea fragrance for me - meaning, it was not overly sweet.
And, quite unexpectedly, the artistry of the teh tarik man caught my eye. Kak Zai's son Mohd Adha is a teh tarik maestro :) I had a lot of fun watching Mohd Adha having fun with tea :) I think Mohd Adha has the potential to be a teh tarik champion :) I hope he takes part in the next national teh tarik championship.
The freshly pulled frothy tea bubbling over :)
Kak Zai's is one of the better nasi lemak that I've had. Superb sambal, good fried chicken, sambal sotong. Great teh tarik :)
I will be back at Low Piak to check out the other stalls as well.
Restaurant name: Warung Zai (Kak Zai) Nasi Lemak
Address: Low Piak, Taman Nira, Batu Pahat, Johor
Hours: 7:30am to 12:30pm (off on Tuesday)
Date visited: 9 Sep 2013
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