Indian-style rojak

Malaysia cuisine is truly Asia. Malaysians are truly a lucky bunch of people, we are spoilt with authentic cuisine choices. Malays. Chinese. Indians. Mamaks. Baba Nyonya. Indigeneous. Penang. Ipoh. Sarawak. Sabah. Dan lain lain (etcera).

For me, I am a ‘spoilt princess” with good foods in my neighbourhood from young age. Nothing but the best. Others have to drive all the way here for this and that. I still need to drive lah,  but just a short drive, and these restaurants are reachable in a jiffy.

I’ve been back in KL for almost two weeks. Sowly but surely, I am catching up with local goodies, food that always take a backstage during my short trip home. Well, it’s not that they are second best, but there’s always soooo much that my stomach can take ..  and mind the body weight gain as well.

Rojak (Malaysian salad) is one of the multi-ethnic type of food; it is available in different styles. I have been having rojak cravings for a while now, both the Indian-style and Chinese-style. I don’t have a preference as both styles are delicious in their own way. But I feel that the Indian-style is more tummy-filling, probabaly due to the ingredients and the peanut sauce; can be a meal by itself. Chinese-style rojak is more like a snack to me, maybe because its main ingredients are predominantly fruits.

I’ve started my rojak feast with Indian-style rojak with the best-of-the-best. I bought mine from the famous Indian rojak stall at Jalan Mergastua, Kepong at RM5.50 per pack (update Feb 2016: Price increased to RM 6.00). This comes with sotong added. In Aug 2016, price without sotong is RM 4.50 per pack (update Feb 2017: Price increased to RM 5.00). The durian stalls on the same row are in full swing now; parking was difficult with just a small stretch of road for parking. I was lucky enough to get a parking spot today and managed to avoid double-parking.

I’ve eaten at this stall since young, without knowing that it is actually that popular. A quick search on internet affirms its popularity. The quality has been consistent throughout the years, and they have remained humble despite their fame. Kudos to down-to-earth food operators! You have my support now and always.

There are also popular Indian-style rojak stalls at SS15, Subang Jaya and Seksyen 17, if you want a place closer to you. I’ve only tried the one at SS15, Subang Jaya, but it was many moons ago.

 

The Indian rojak, with and without gravy

 

Indian-style rojak is best eaten with a bowl of cendol. Together, they are match made in heaven. I can even hear wedding bells ringing .. *drama. I bought cendol from the adjacent stall to the rojak stall. Not the best cendol I’ve had. My pack of cendol costs me RM2.80! Very expensive, wei. Is cendol that expensive these days? It’s just a bowl of shaved ice with cendol (jelly noodles made from rich flour), red bean and coconut cream, no? I will probably part with RM2.30, max for a bowl of cendol.

 

Cendol, perfect match with my rojak

 

You may check out tips and location of the Indian-rojak stall here on Foursquare here:

https://foursquare.com/v/rojak-kepong-baru/4ca18c15d3c2b60c12b5e6bc

Up next in my list would be Chinese-style fruit rojak with shrimp paste sauce.

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.