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QuikSkoop™: Nagasari Curry House – Malaysia

Nagasari Curry House is dear to many fellow Indian food lovers of Kuala Lumpur, including one of its top lifestyle referral magazine. Which is why I decided to task myself with this endeavor and find out why.

Yes, I will tell you the name. Time Out Kuala Lumpur. That’s the name of the publication that I mentioned earlier and Nagasari is so dear to them and that it received several awards from the magazine.

As an ex-Time Out Jakarta (in memoriam), I felt the urge instantly to come here (and it takes only a short walk from Bukit Bintang, apparently). In a leafy neighborhood where several traditional eateries found as well, Nagasari opens its door for 24 hours every day for those who seek full-fledged Indian food, nasi kandar, or iced pulled tea to beat the heat.

It was 3pm and nowhere near dinner obviously. That’s why I got the whole restaurant for myself. Service was very attentive and the menu got everything you need from local fares, Indian, and some of Thai cuisines. Inside, the self-service nasi kandar counter is at your disposal, but I decided to share tandoori chicken with my wife.

Nagasari 1

The cooking process took some time and I wondered why. When the dish came, it was a grand treat even for both of us! Nagasari literally gave out well-cooked and chopped whole chicken alongside rice and three side dishes from the nasi kandar counter. Additionally, my wife ordered one serving of huge garlic naan and it was accompanied with three types of curry.

Well, that was a feast, but my plan since the beginning was to share it with my wife (who apparently that time was not really too hungry). Nevertheless I dug in and I found joy. The tandoori chicken was good, rice was nice, and each ingredient support one another. However, I have to agree that it was not entirely too rich, in a way that Indonesians would want to have for their taste buds.

Nagasari 2

We could have actually finished the naan but we decided to take away the remainder of it for our night time snacks back at the hotel. In all, Nagasari was an interesting choice and there might be a next time whenever I am at Bukit Bintang and looking for good deal of lunch.

Upon my next visit in the future, I would really like to try the banana leaf Indian food. If you happen to have your favorite in the city, do let me know! 😉

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NAGASARI CURRY HOUSE
Halal-friendly
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

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Halal Eat Out: ABM Restaurant – Singapore

Singapore makes me always in need to be in motion. Where ever I am, it’s necessary to absorb as much culture and other advancements unseen in Indonesia. Singapore in particular, has plenty coming in from India – as we all know.

Food naturally becomes the pivotal part of my adventures here as you would grow tired and hungry from all those walks. During my visit recently to Mustafa Center (as always), ABM became my choice for the late night dinner.

Six years ago, ABM became a memorable place for me and my colleagues with its dinner and drinks. Now, it is my time with the wife.

Previously, we had a really nice experience back at Komala’s but of course, it would be a waste to not try something new for her. ABM itself is bustling with customers and at around 10pm, it started to ran out of what I was looking for through its menu.

ABM Restaurant 1

Again, I was ‘forced’ to order the biryani and chicken this time. The guy behind the bar was quick to serve my requests – from piling up the rice, the chicken, and the achar and up to brewing our iced horlicks and pulled tea.

The price was very friendly, as expected, and the taste was also decent. The downside of it is that the rice was a bit cold, but I was pleased to see that everyone of many nationalities around were enjoying their dinner.

We came back home quite content, but our dinner back at Komala’s was still more memorable. Perhaps next time.

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ABM RESTAURANT
Halal-certified
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
136 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore
T: +65 6299 2723

Opening hours: Daily, morning – 11pm

Website

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Halal Eat Out: TAJ – Singapore

Visiting the Chinatown area in Singapore is a must-not miss opportunity, especially for foodies.

Previously, I had my share of breakfast at one of the oldest kopitiam in the city. Quite recently, I learned that the Chinatown is actually not all about the Chinese, but it is also a melting pot of people with religions such as Islam and Hinduism.

It’s cool to actually feel the all Chinese atmosphere around with the lanterns and typical Oriental-style trinkets and souvenirs around, but to also witness a huge Hindu temple and the oldest masjid in Singapore was another wonder for me.

After visiting the Masjid Jamae Chulia, the cravings for good lunch started to kick in and looking at TAJ on the intersection of Mosque Street with all the halal food offerings suddenly draw us in further.

Entering TAJ was probably the best decision we ever made in Singapore. Although at one point we were unsure of the price since there’s no menu around to be seen, but the owner ensured us indirectly with words such as “halal” and “affordable”. Now becoming surer than ever, we ordered another good deal of nasi biryani with lamb curry for my wife and two huge garlic naan for me.

While we were waiting, we looked around and see how underrated this place is since no one was there yet perhaps or we were too early. TAJ is clean, air-conditioned, neat, and very strategic. We were about to taste their Northern Indian offerings in a minute but I felt already comfortable with everything.

It’s probably because the food is presented like in a canteen and you can choose anything you want from what we always order in Singapore to tandoori, dal, and other good looking Indian food.

Not long, the food started to come and we dug in heartily. It was really good! After all, I slightly preferred this over Mufiz, perhaps because TAJ is air-conditioned and made it more comfortable for us to stay and dine.

The naan was also exceptionally delicious. We thought that it was too much for both of us but we managed to finish everything, squeaky clean. Lastly, the big surprise was that everything only cost around USD 15!

We would be very happy to visit TAJ some other time because of everything that we had experienced. However, it would be better if we scour Singapore for another interesting Middle Eastern and Indian eateries somewhere else. Let’s find somewhere else that could beat TAJ (or perhaps none in the end?).

Let’s find out about it!

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TAJ
Halal-friendly
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
214 South Bridge Road (on the corner of Mosque St.), Singapore
T: +65 6226 6020

Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 11.30am – 8pm

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Halal Eat Out: Komala’s – Singapore

Probably my biggest regret is that I missed the opportunity to eat at Sarinah’s Komala’s back then. It’s now already a history and we are now forced to eat at expensive places for Indian food in Jakarta.

Which is why that, again, this is my sole mission to enjoy good Indian food while in Singapore and Komala’s happens to be also halal-certified!

Not sure what is the main reason why Indonesians are not really fond of Indian food in general. We’re more closely attached to Middle Eastern food in a sense, but even so both cuisines are still alien if compared with the ubiquitous Chinese and Japanese food.

So back to business, Komala’s is a vegetarian restaurant that derives most of its influence from Southern Indian cuisine. It was almost midnight but the spilling from Mustafa Center keeps on coming one by one here. Lucky that the cashier was still in good spirit and helped me with the service swiftly.

Picking the vegetarian biryani set with dhal tadka, yogurt, and pappadams; one plate for two was more than enough for both of us to be happy. It was not only romantic but also hearty. Altogether with a large cup of Fanta Orange, we had our most exciting time on the first day I brought my wife for the first time to Singapore.

There are so many rooms to explore but it would be waste to just visit Komala’s while neglecting the rest. However, rest assured, the next time we’re heading for Mustafa again, then a visit here would be a full certainty.

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KOMALA’S SINGAPORE
Halal-certified
All dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address (Singapore only):

  • Upper Dickson Rd.
  • Tanglin Mall
  • Serangoon Rd.
  • North Point
  • Chevron House

Website

Opening hours: Daily, 7am – 11.30pm

Halal Eat Out: Mufiz Eating House – Singapore

Ah finally, my first time visiting Singapore with my wife and also in full liberty each and every day! Back then, it used to be about work and media trips. It used to be about play by the book and based on schedules.

This time? It’s time to enjoy the finest from Southeast Asia cuisines and some nostalgia.

Staying at Jalan Besar was quite beneficial for us since it is quite strategic – I mean, it’s nearby to Mustafa Center and Chye Seng Huat Hardware’s good coffee. However, it is also near to some good examples from Indian cuisines.

Mufiz Eating House was an eatery I found on accident (and from a recommendation in the internet afterwards), and it’s conveniently located on the intersection of Jalan Besar and Kitchener Road. You won’t miss it because it’s so obvious from anywhere you see it.

One thing that matters most in this trip is to search for halal food as well. That’s why we were having this big breakfast on one fine morning before heading for Chye Seng Huat Hardware.

It’s easy to head here by using bus since a stop is nearby and in stark contrast with Indonesia, even though Mufiz is all about open air eatery, it feels clean when in Singapore. The menu is a large collection of Indian food, nasi goreng, and some from Thai cuisine. Without further ado, we each ordered our own nasi biryani and me with a chicken curry while my wife with the mutton curry.

For the companion, we chose each a teh tarik and iced lychee. One thing that’s actually funny was when my wife, a bit hesitant on which to order, decided initially on a vegetarian nasi biryani. The young man who waited us said something like, “Come on. Nasi biryani is not suppose to be eaten with vegetables. Order something like chicken or lamb at least”. Of course, he’s doing it in a friendly way and I have no objection if it became a mutton curry.

Anyway, the food was okay. It was a big breakfast that me and my wife enjoyed although I found that the food back at Taj near Masjid Jamae Chulia was better, a bit more affordable, and it was air-conditioned.

As some of the Singaporeans said, the food at Mufiz may be quite expensive but it was hearty. However, next time I should try somewhere else as well. I intend to try every halal eatery in Singapore – since it is easier to find than in Indonesia, ironically.

So perhaps in few months from now? See you SG!

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MUFIZ EATING HOUSE
Halal-friendly
Some of the menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
227 Jalan Besar (at Kitchener Road), Singapore

Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours

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