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Sunday, 14-Jan-2007 11:45
ZAINUL NASI KANDAR, PETALING JAYA.


This is no fairy tales, but a piece of my family's history. My uncle told me
that my grandfather, Haji Salleh Bin Haji Omar was a regular customer here.
After leaving Penang for a career in Port Klang, my grandfather was in
search for a good nasi kandar. As an original island man, my grandfather was
very particular about the taste of Nasi Kandar. He was a very selective
person. However, my uncle told me that there was a stall in Petaling Jaya
that has actually attracted my grandfather for a frequent visits. He could
travel all the way from Port Klang to Petaling Jaya just to have a good
lunch.

After searching and asking all my uncles, I finally found that Zainul Nasi
Kandar was a winner to my grandfather's difficult satisfaction. I tried to
find out more from many friends who live in Petaling Jaya and found that
Zainul Nasi Kandar is still operating at the new town (PJ State).

So, I planned a visit. Accompanied by my friend, Mr. Firdaus of UOB, we took
the LRT from Masjid Jamek to Taman Jaya. As we walked down the station, we
could see clearly Amcorp Mall and the historical Drive-In A&W Restaurant. We
walked along the road passing through Shah's Village, Kelab Syabas and Maju
Curry House, until we saw a yellow & blue building at a junction. As we
entered the building, we were surprise to witness such a crowd lining up for
nasi kandar. It was a different situation here comparing to many nasi kandar
outlets in KL that I has visited.


I had nasi kandar with beef while Firdaus had it with fried chicken. It was
worth to travel and be part of a very long queue. The taste was amazing. I
could feel the different of the variety mixed curry. Each curry has it's own
special taste. And the curries were all delicious. Now I understood about
those crazy crowds. Nasi Kandar Zainul deserves to be labeled as the best
Nasi Kandar in Petaling Jaya and maybe the Klang Velley until I found a
better one.

I can forgive the inclusions of Begedel, Tauhu Sambal and Taugeh, I can also
forgive the fried chicken to be part of their attraction as their curries
didn't fade to all the side attractions. But I was a little frustrated to
realize that there were not enough Bendi and no Telur Rebus. However, it was
all about their curries that matter. People came to Zainul Nasi Kandar for
their good curries. I have to accept that they had some minor alterations on
their nasi kandar mixtures to meet the different style of Klang Valley
taste. But, their nasi kandar still survives as the main attraction and no
doubt about it.

Finally, to all the homesick Penangites out there, this is a place for a
little relief...

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