This review of Kedai Kak La Nasi Berlauk in Kampung Padang Balang is written by one of our contributors, Jehan. Some parts of the article may have been edited for length and clarity.
Kedai Kak La Nasi Berlauk is a breakfast and brunch heaven for authentic Kelantanese cuisine enthusiasts. The place has a casual “warung” vibe (“warung” is the term used for street food) and is situated right in the middle of Kg Padang Balang which is around 14 kilometres from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. It is always packed with locals especially early in the morning and the parking is quite limited. However, the taste of their food is worth the trouble.
The food station
An array of the extensive choices of dishes and traditional kueh for dessert
Still a few seats left at 9.30am
From 7.30am to 12pm, they serve Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Berlauk & Nasi Dagang with an extensive choice of side dishes for example fried chicken, stir-fried meat, Kelantanese yellow curry and much more. Their business continues during lunch where they serve their special Nasi Daging Bakar which normally will be sold out around 3pm.
My favourite dish is their Nasi Kerabu with stir-fried meat & Nasi Daging Bakar. I love the balance of taste in their Nasi Kerabu condiments, which is the combination of “budu” (fermented anchovies sauce), “serunding kelapa” (spiced coconut floss) and its homemade “sambal”.
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Nasi Kerabu with stir-fried meat and fish crackers
Nasi Dagang Ikan Tongkol
Nasi Berlauk with Ikan Tongkol Masak Kuning
I also love the tenderness of the marinated grilled beef and generous beef soup that they serve with fluffy white rice (Nasi Daging Bakar). I would normally add on the dish with their delicious omelette, which is highly recommended.
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A set of Nasi Daging Bakar is complete with Malaysian Ice Tea
A close-up of juicy grilled beef with homemade sambal
The price range is between RM6 to RM10. For the breakfast and brunch menu, the price depends on what type of side dishes you choose and its portion. As for Nasi Daging Bakar, it depends on whether you want to add more grilled beef or the omelette.
This is a Muslim-owned eatery and I would strongly recommend it to those who are looking for authentic Malaysian cuisine! Plus, the price of the food is very reasonable for their huge portions.
Halal Status: Muslim-owned
Price Range: RM6-10
Opening hours: Sat-Thu, Open from 7.30AM (best to go in the morning, closed on Fri)
Address: Kampung Padang Balang, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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