During our stay at Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, we were on the hunt for a place to eat around Chow Kit area. After some Google search we found a highly rated place for Nasi Kandar called Mohd Yaseen Penang Nasi Kandar at Chow Kit, KL.
At glance, Mohd Yaseen seems to be just another mamak restaurant that claim to serve authentic Penang Nasi Kandar. Much to our surprise, the restaurant has been operating for almost 50 years and has gained a cult following among KLites.
Upon entering we realise that Mohd Yaseen does indeed look like an authentic Nasi Kandar spot you’d find in Penang. There is an air-conditioned and a non-air-conditioned dining section in the restaurant.
While the restaurant offers a wide variety of Nasi Kandar dishes, not every dish is available at all times. We wanted cabbage with our Nasi Kandar but they were all out and we had to wait roughly 15 minutes for a new batch.
Two of the better poultries here are Ayam Madu and Ayam Kicap, so naturally we went with both and opted for okra as we were not going to wait for the cabbage.
Ayam Kicap, okra and salted egg cost RM8.70
Ayam Madu and okra cost RM7.70
We were slightly disappointed by the price as compared to what we paid at Line Clear this was quite expensive. Nonetheless portion size was big enough and the curries, chicken and veggies tasted fresh.
The rice was soft and fluffy and complimented the fierce curries which were thick, colourful and incredibly spicy. If you have low heat tolerance you might need to opt for lesser curries. The Ayam Kicap and Ayam Madu were delicious and nothing like what we’ve tasted before, at least in the Klang Valley.
While both Nasi Kandar dishes were memorable we were slightly disappointed at the Ayam Madu as it was clearly coated with so much food colouring to make it look red.
Service wise, the waiters were prompt, quick and efficient. When the restaurant is not crowded the waiters are also surprisingly friendly.
Turned out the restaurant did not name itself “Penang Nasi Kandar” for nothing. While prices are on the higher side, the dishes at Mohd Yaseen Penang Nasi Kandar comes somewhat close to what you’d find in the alleys of Penang.
Mohd Yaseen Nasi Kandar Pulau Pinang
351 & 353, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
50100 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: 24 hours (closed on 1pm – 2.20pm on Fridays for prayers)