Aspalisa, Nava and Ah Seng (Tony's Chinese name) were discussing what to eat for lunch in Kuala Lumpur. We were famish and the numerous possibilities we discussed only made us more hungry.
Too much choice can be paralyzing ;-p
Driving by Petaling Street area, we got down to check out some of Aspalisa's suggestions.
Then we stumbled upon Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock kopitiam.
The multiracial theme caught our attention - we are Aspalisa, Nava and Ah Seng. The racial harmony theme is often seen in Malaysian art and in real life.
The story of "Meng, Mamat and Muthiah" in MUD the Musical - Our Story of Kuala Lumpur at KL City Theatre.
This is "Siti, Ah Chan and Leela" in Fantasy Rainforest show at Putrajaya International Convention Centre PICC. [I just made up the names ;-p ]
Anyway, peeping into the narrow coffee shop, we saw lots of people from locals of every community to backpacking tourists and expatriates.
The decor looked like typical Malaysian back lane dining between two weathered, dirty looking walls with mouldy, peeling paint. It had the charm of authentic street food culture.
So Aspalisa, Nava and Ah Seng settled quickly on Ali, Muthu, and Ah Hock.
There are lots of familiar Malay, Indian and Chinese staples on the menu. We ordered several dishes to share.
The dishes were all good and we especially liked the nasi lemak ayam berempah. The RM9.50 nasi lemak set comes with coconut flavoured rice, two large pieces of mildly spiced fried chicken, a bit of fried peanuts, fried anchovies and a large dollop of not too spicy sambal chili.
Looking around, this nasi lemak set seemed to be the most popular dish at AMAH. I think it's because the aromatic rice though a bit wet and slick is of good quality, the not too spicy fried chicken is crispy outside and moist inside, and the sambal chili is nicely balanced sweet, savoury, spicy with lots of onions and anchovies.
Mee soto, a Javanese (Indonesian) dish of spiced chicken broth eaten with boiled yellow noodles, hand pulled chicken shreds, and a fried potato cutlet.
Curry chicken with white bread. Pieces of chicken cooked in spices and coconut milk till tender. Best eaten by tearing off pieces of soft white bread and sponging it with the mildly spicy curry.
Chee cheong fun - steamed Chinese rice rolls bathed with sweet savoury sauce and mildly spicy hot sauce.
Nyonya curry mee - a sweeter, less spicy and not too rich curry with yellow noodles. Flavoursome and I enjoyed this a lot especially with that little dollop of power packed sambal chili which is sweet spicy with robust anchovy taste.
->> Overall, we like Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock kopitiam because of the harmony theme, informal cosy ambiance, the wide range of local staples which were well executed, large servings and reasonable pricing.
Disclosure: My trip to KL was hosted by Tourism Malaysia in conjunction with Malaysia National Sales Grand Launch 2016.
Restaurant name: Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock kopitiam
Address: Jalan Balai Polis (at Petaling Street), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GPS: 3.141274, 101.697383 / 3°08'28.6"N 101°41'50.6"E
Tel: +60 378323138
Hours: 08:00 am to 7:00 pm (Closed on Sunday)
Date: 29 Feb 2016
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