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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

As a nasi kukus lover, I was thrilled to stumble upon Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka during food hunting in Johor Bahru's public hawker centres. (The signboard at the stall says Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah.)

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

When I see a lunch time queue like this, I can't help but stop to check it out. As we already had a heavy lunch, we made a note to come back the next day.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

Owner Cik Yasmin hails from Kota Bahru, Kelantan the home of nasi kukus. She uses her mum's recipes at Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka.

It was in Kota Bahru during a road trip in 2002 that I had my first taste of nasi kukus and fell in love with it. Since then, I will order nasi kukus whenever it is available.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

At Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka, fresh chicken is marinaded with spices at the shop.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

The chicken are freshly deep fried at the shop in small quantities at a time.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

The fried chicken are brought out and served piping hot in small freshly fried batches.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

Rice is cooked from grains by steaming which is the way of authentic nasi kukus.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

The breakfast session starts around 10am and nasi kukus kak wok is on the menu 😋 For RM5, we get a mound of steamed rice splashed with chicken curry with claws thrown in, about 5 or 6 pieces of fried chicken, chopped cucumber and a dollop of sambal chili.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

The small pieces of chicken were fried a little dry and stiff but they were well infused with savoury spices which made them very delicious.

The plain steamed rice was in a tightly moulded mound. It went very well with the mild savoury sweet spicy chicken curry. The savoury spicy sambal chili had a rather sharp lingering hot sting and tangy zing.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

We love the soft springy crunch of the naturally sweet subtly spicy chicken feet.

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

At around 11am, they start to serve "nasi bajet" which is rice with chicken curry, chopped cucumber and a large piece of chicken either breast or drum stick. (Price RM6.50.)

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

We had a nasi bajet each (after finishing the nasi kak wok).

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

The chicken breast meat was slightly crisp outside, savoury with spicy hints while the inside was tender, moist and naturally sweet. So good!

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

Before noon, they were ready to serve their "nasi special" which comes with a choice of upper or lower quarter chicken (price RM8.50).

But, we were already full and had to take a rain check for this. Cik Yasmin also suggested that we should try her nasi gulai kawah kambing (curry lamb). That just means that we have to come back again soon 😄

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

Recommended for you 👍 Nasi kukus lovers, I found a nice Kelantanese run nasi kukus stall in JB which I think you will love too 😋

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

Restaurant nameNasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah)
Address: Gerai No. 11, Medan Selera Taman Cempaka, Taman Cempaka, Johor Bahru 
GPS: 1°30'54.1"N 103°41'50.9"E 🌐 1.515033, 103.697476 
Waze: Medan Selera Taman Cempaka
Parking: Ample free parking at the hawker centre
Tel: 013 734 8178
Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm (Monday off)

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Date visited: 27 Dec 2018

Nasi Kukus D'Cempaka (Nasi Kukus Gulai Kawah) @ Selera Cempaka in Johor Bahru

Ajung Selera Cempaka is one of many public hawker centres run by the Johor Bahru City Council. The idea is to provide affordable and accessible cooked food for residents, hence public hawker centres are located in residential districts. Stall rental is nominal ranging from RM50 to RM350 per month. This helps create entrepreneurship opportunities and allow heritage hawker food to stay authentic. The nominal rentals help hawkers stay commercially viable using traditional recipes, preparing and cooking relatively small quantities on site as authentic heritage food is hard to mass produce.


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