Thursday, 5 December 2013
Johor Ayam Penyet at Mama Zai at BESTMART, Nusa Bestari
Mama Zai is one of the ayam penyet stalls recommended by Johor Kaki Facebook fans, so I made a trip to try it.
Mama Zai is one of the stalls at the popular food court at BESTMART Nusa Bestari. Mama Zai stall also sells roast chicken, black pepper chicken, and sambal chicken. They all looked very appetising, so I want to try all of them next time :D
I like this cosy food court in BESTMART. It is not too big, about 30 stalls. Bright and well maintained. Car parking is not too difficult (just be patient) and it is free. There are also several popular stalls beside Mama Zai, so there is something for everyone.
Business at Mama Zai is brisk especially during lunch.
We ordered an nasi ayam penyet set and asked for the thigh. The fried chicken thigh was crispy outside, relatively dry but still slightly moist inside. There is some natural sweetness as this is made from chilled chicken and well marinated with curry spices.
The set costs RM6.50 which we thought is very reasonable.
Mama Zai's sambal is a big winner for me. The sambal is savoury and spicy with tangy hints from the squeezed lime. The sambal has interesting mouth feel as it is wet, thick and pulpy - the chili peppers are pounded (not ground or blended).
Average nasi ayam penyet is often let down by the quality of the rice. Not so, at Mama Zai. Mama Zai's excellent oiled rice is made with good quality grains. The fragrant very lightly oiled rice is firm yet tender and they separate easily.
I will surely be stopping by this food court to try out the other dishes and stalls :D
Restaurant name: Mama Zai Nasi Ayam (stall in BESTMART Nusa Bestari)
Address: Jalan Nusa Bestari 2 1/1 (off Jalan Sutara Danga)
Hours: 9:30am to 9:30pm (closed on Weds)
Date visited: 2 Dec 2013
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