Bylokan Local Food Stories; A Trip Down Memory Lane With Zikry

For this article, Byloka is focusing on telling the beautiful story of how one certain restaurant or food place in Malaysia can bring you memories that live for generations. This article tells about one Bylokan that has only one motto; Quality is key.

Raizzikry: In college, it’s a very common thing for you to want to eat somewhere that is cheap, at the same time somewhere that is really good. Now it’s easy to find the cheap ones, but the good ones? That used to be a rare find for me. Not Anymore. Have you ever heard of Nasi Manggey? It’s a rather local type of dish from the east side of Malaysia, which is Kelantan. Nasi Manggey consists of a bowl of rice that is steamed to perfection, a curry gravy that is handmade from the freshest of ingredients, some well-stewed vegetables, and small-cut chicken pieces that are fried to be crispy on the outside, but tender and well-done on the inside. Some people add on some Sambal Belacan which is some sort of spicy paste to add a little bit more flavour. What does it taste like? Heaven. The crispy yet tender chicken bites is to die for, which the flavours of the curry leaves and also the special mixture are to be responsible. The curry compliments the rice well as it has special spices used. The vegetables also give a good fresh taste to the dish for it’s healthy and crunchy sensation.

Would you just look at that? Amazing.

Now, where do you find the best Nasi Manggey? I found mine at Warung Kita Bandar Baru Bangi, a Kelantanese-based restaurant that serves a GENEROUS amount of chicken for their Nasi Manggey, at a VERY CHEAP PRICE for 4 Ringgit only. Imagine getting all of that chicken, rice, vegetables for less than 5 Ringgit, wow right? Now not only the price is really cheap, but the quality of the food is basically perfection. The way the chicken pieces are fried evenly and very crispy on the outside, not to forget the tenderness of the inside. Don’t even get me started on the` delicious curry gravy which, by the way, you can add on anytime at all, just ask the counter. Warung Kita also serves really good coconut shake to accompany the amazing taste of the Nasi Manggey, or if you’re looking for something lighter, they have freshly-poked coconut juice, poured into a silver mug to keep its chillness.

Warung Kita is located near German-Malaysian Institute or, Sungai Tangkas.

The main thing i remember why Warung Kita provides the best Nasi Manggey is because of their hospitality. Their warm welcome and also their friendliness are what adds up to such a bonus and in my opinion, should be what every restaurant provides. I may eat more rice dishes in the future, but Nasi Manggey will always have a special place in my heart.

Author: Adam

intern for Byloka