the quest for nasi ambeng

This Ramadhan, I’ve been craving for something that is super-hard to find in KL - nasi ambeng. The last time I had 100% original nasi ambeng was from a Pasar Ramadhan in Tangkak (Or was it Muar? Or Batu Pahat? I can’t recall exactly) in Johor several years ago. Half of the bazaar sold nasi ambeng. I never thought of having it again, until I saw a stall in a Pasar Ramadhan in KL selling a modern version of it.


KL version of nasi ambeng. It looks far from the original version wrapped in banana leaf, but tastes good. One main ingredient is missing though - mi goreng.

That triggers me to look for original nasi ambeng for iftar. But where? It has to be somewhere with substantial population of people of Javanese roots. Kelang? Paya Jaras? Sabak Bernam? Ugh, too far away.

Tried to Google a pic of cone-shaped nasi ambeng wrapped in banana leaf to show to you guys, but couldn’t find any. Imagine this, it looks like nasi tumpang (Kelantan) or pulut sambal (Kedah) but bigger. Inside it there are layers of rice, mi goreng, serunding kelapa, sambal, sayur, tempe, ayam goreng etc. Yummy!


These are pulut sambal that I had when I was in Alor Setar for work last year. A wrapped nasi ambeng looks something this, but bigger.


A complete nasi ambeng meal. Photo credit to my friend LIBL who took this pic at a restaurant somewhere in Tanjung Karang.


Another way of serving nasi ambeng, in a tray to be eaten by a group of people. Photo credit to Lelasari. This one is served with pulut kuning.

Anyone knows where I can find original nasi ambeng wrapped in banana leaf in KL? I heard Pasar Ramadhan Kampung Baru has it, but I’m not so sure. Never been to Kampung Baru during Ramadhan, the traffic is horrendous. So before I get myself trapped in the city centre gridlock, I want to make sure that the nasi ambeng is really there, in its original form, not it some polystyrene box. Will I be able to find it there?

17 comments:

Siti Ruhayu Ab Rahman said...

selamat pagi dieya

adeh..sedapnya nasi ambeng tu...tgk juadah tu.,memang menyelerakan

kiranya, dieya makan sampai puas lah tu......

hope 1 day, ayu leh makan disitu juga....

tq sharing info

~jeet~ said...

funny..just yesterday tgk shamsul@bazar ramadhan..dia tunjuk bazar kat tanjung karang la tapi that sold this nasi ambeng,

high chance that you'll find it in kg bar. cheras confirm xde, so far i x jumpa lagi la...

JaJa'Z said...

dieya: akak first time makan nasi ambeng ni masa ada jiran buat tahlil..diaorang hidang nasi ni la..tapi, cannot gola..my tekak cannot belnd the rice and the mee and the serunding together..last2 akak makan satu2..memula nasi nganayam dulu...then baru makan mee...hehhehe

suka nasi ambeng?? macam nak jd orang johor jek..jeng jeng jeng...

LiFe Is BeAuTifUl LyRiC said...

Dieya - do check my reply on yr comment... :)

Siti Roffini said...

As jeet had said, I saw Shamsul Ghau-ghau doing his rounds at Pasar Ramadhan Tanjung Karang yesterday. They got nasi ambeng there just like the one you are craving for, nasi plus sayur tempe plus serunding plus mee goreng plus fried chicken and all wrapped up in a banana leaf. I paid special attention to it because I have never seen one wrapped nasi lemak style. I have only seen the ones served on a big tray for four. Never tasted one before. Hope you get your wish soon.

Fertzy said...

ala kesiannyer kau dieya...

dkt pasar malam rumah aku ada jual. itupon sbb bapak aku yg datang dari johor tue membeli, kalau tak, sampai ke sudah ku taktau nasik ambeng ada dijual dkt pasar mlm sini even bukan bulan ramadhan.

tp dieya, too bad bukan dlm daun pisang la.......but, dalam ketas bungkus tue.

sian pulak, ko masih mau ker??

dieya said...

ayu,
selamat tengahari :-D
yeah tiba2 rasa nak makan nasi ambeng. dapat yg kl version pun ok laa, janji sedap. tapi takde mi goreng tu yg kureng kick ;-)
no prob sis! kalau gi sana tepek gambar ek!

jeet,
really?! gosh tanjong karang is so far away. i'm so tempted to go to kg baru, but first i hv to make sure it's worth the time spend in traffic. kalau pegi skali takde mmg laa nak ngamuk bulan2 puasa ni.. hehehe!


k jaja

hahaha sure org keliling dulang tuh heran apesal laa cikgu jaja ni makan course by course, mcm minah salleh pulak ek!
uiks nak makan nasi ambeng nyer pasal kena tukar kerakyatan ke? :-p

libl,
okie dokie will drop by soon :-)

aunty siti,
gosh the way you describe it, sounds so good! and with tempe too! i love tempe! you must try it if u hv the chance :-)

noly,
dekat rumah lama yg jauh di sinun tu or dekat rumah baru yg dkt ngan rumah aku? kalu rumah lama takmo laa pegi, baik gi batu pahat terus.. hahaha!
i'm looking for the one wrapped in daun pisang, kalu suruh org yg jual tu bungkus dlm daun pisang buleh tak? huhuhu!

Liza said...

mbh comes from batu pahat, though he is a banjarese, part of his kg are populated by javanese so he is familiar with nasi ambang, try searching at banting, i think ada kot?

Aida Rezuan said...

Dieya,
Hmm.. skali tengok, nak macam Nasik Kerabu pon ada ek?

* tak dapek nak nolong..
* hope you find the ori version of it.. soon

dieya said...

k liza,
owh really? alamak banting sounds far away. maybe i'll try kg baru first. thanks for suggesting though :-)

aida,
owh yeah the concept is like nasi kerabu (campur semua benda), but nasi kerabu banyak ulam2 kan, this one the side dishes are cooked food. hahaha thanks, i hope so!

Anonymous said...

nk blaja buat nasi ambeng?versi kluarga kami.most simple but original.

1st kluban.sayur dgn kelapa.goreng sikit kelapa parut tanpa minyak.sampai naik bau sket.jgn sampai coklat mcm buat kerisik.then tumbuk sket.bubuh sket belacan,cili api,garam,gula.tumbuk semua.perah sket jus limau nipis.semua tu tumbuk skali.lepas tu gaulkan dgn sayur yg dh dicelur air panas.biasanya guna pucuk ubi.bleh gak guna kangkung,sket kacang panjang rebus.

kemudian serunding.yg ni kna sabar sket.ketumbar,jintan,lada sulah,serai,lengkuas,halia,bwg putih,bwg merah,kunyit.crush sket.gaulkan kat kelapa parut.kalau nk sedap lagi gunakan kelapa yg x terlalu tua.then goreng dgn api pelahan.20 minit gak la nk gaul.

ayam tu originally goreng ngn ketumbar,jintan,bwg merah & putih,kunyit,garam.deep fry.api pastikan medium.

antara lauk yg kami letak menjak saya kecik dlu mi/bihun goreng,serunding,keluban,ikan bilis/ikan masin,kcg tnh,rempeyek kacang.semua masakan gunakan kawah.ada bau masak kawah.termasuk gak nasi.lapik mst guna daun pisang.

maaf la menyibuk kt room ni.sambil2 cari psl gmbar nasi ambeng.lama dh x mkn.skrg ni di luar negara.susah nk dpt bhn.ni resepi kluarga tau.insyaallh blh jumpa d banting selangor.kg endah.ada 'home stay'.have a visit.

dieya said...

anonymous,
wow, that's one very comprehensive recipe. thanks so much! resipi turun-temurun family ye, mesti sedap ni! baca je dah terliur :-)
ehhh.. mana ada menyibuk, it's always nice to meet new ppl. maka dtg laa lagi sibuk2 kan diri kat sini okay.. hehehe..jgn segan2 tau!
ada homestay in banting? nice! would love to visit one day. dah lama teringin nak gi morib goldcoast.

Anonymous said...

hi..i'm also craving for nasi ambang right now..thats why bump into ur blog..so,hows?did u found it at kg baru?
sy tahu ada kedai kat kg bau jual..tp xde mee..n ffew days before ramdhan tu ttp..huhuhuhu melepas den..
kat pasar ramdhan mane yek ade jual area kl nie?

nadirah azlan said...

sorry..lp nk kenalkn name..
sy nadirah..feel free to reply kat my email..nadna84@yahoo.com
sy xde blog..

dieya said...

hi nadirah,

thanks for dropping by my blog :-)
i did go to the pasar ramadan at kg baru shortly after i wrote the entry. tapi masa i pegi tu awal sangat, mungkin kedai tu tak buka lagi. so i ended up with bubuk lambuk.

i saw on tv, dekat pasar ramadan kelana jaya (near tabung haji) ada gerai jual nasi ambeng yg femes. tapi tak pernah try. maybe u wanna gv it a go?

oh ok.. i will reply to u via email shortly :-)

epal hijau said...

nasi ambeng tradisi lama di kampung saya, tapi sekarang dah di ganti dengan cetering

dieya said...

oh ye ke. suka tengok nasi ambeng yang bentuk kon tu. tapi kalau beli kat pasar, semuanya masuk polisterin.