Thursday, July 8, 2010

Belanga @ Subang Empire Shopping Gallery

If you ask me, it is never easy to get me to find you a halal place for a meal, let alone a place to get good wholesome Malay cuisine around town. Despite staying in a country that is dominantly populated with them, the diverse cultures surrounding us gives us simply too many choices that you can't refuse i.e. sticking back to what you know best (i.e. non halal and chinese food).

Furthermore, if i may comment, the Chinese are just simply too smart and witty to always capitalise on their ideas. From hawker stalls, the younger generations have created a god-like status for them which usually involves too much publicity for their own good or spin it off to money making franchises. If i had to name just a few, look at hawker stalls who open at Lot 10's food court to Old Town White Coffee.

Not to say that the Malays haven't had their successes with the Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa brand spreading around town, although last i heard, the quality has dwindled faster than the last economy crisis.

Well, at least Belanga doesn't seem to be doing too bad.

From their first outlet at Gardens to their second place at Subang Empire, i got to admit, it is just so much easier to eat at a shopping complex instead of directing me to either this kampung or that lorong or other.

Their decor looks quite inviting too.

The Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik. Probably the second place i have eaten this dish, the first being in Kelantan Delights. Cheaper yet gives the same punch, i loved this dish. There's just something about all that sauce which works so well with rice. The staple salted egg for the Malays (based on self observation) is pretty good too.

The Nasi Tumpang with fish, serunding (floss), sambal is packed into a cone. The rice is rather sticky and mushy, which sounds like baby food but really tastes quite awesome. I suppose its something new for me, at least.

Wash it off with a Lemongrass drink, sweetness probably coming from loads of sugar, something very common i find in mamak stalls.

All in all, a clean and comfortable place that serves a rather rare cuisine to some, the Kelantanese food is here to stay in this part of town.

It is about time, the local Malay cuisine come out for their comfortable shells and start venturing into more common areas, to share all the good food that they have to offer.

Address and contact details:

Subang Empire Shopping Gallery
Lot# UG 18,
Jalan SS 16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Whether i got the real deal or not, i loved the willingness of Belanga to showcase a variety of Malay cuisine that i have no clue where else to get. Loved the ayam percik and can't wait to try a few more dishes.


thule a.k.a leo said...

I always get to eat Nasi Kerabu back here in Lipis whenever I want :P so many Kelantanese people living in this little town!
Always pass by Belanga in The Garden but ironically, always ended up in Nyonya Colours a few doors away (or is it just next door?)

Sean said...

ahh, was this lunch or dinner? the only time i visited belanga (but at the gardens), it was for dinner and they had run out of nasi tumpang by then...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: lunch i think. yeah nasi tumpang is pre-made and displayed at the front.

leo: ar, u lucky man!

J said...

Yummy. Options are good. At least now I know where to go if I want to eat some Halal Kelantanese food in a comfy environment...
(Once I stop prioritising real bacon, that is.. :P)

Life for Beginners said...

Darn. Can't believe I still haven't tasted the nasi tumpang yet. Eeks.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: well theres plenty i havent tasted too!

j: i dont think theres non halal kelantanese food..unless u talking abt the chinese ppl over in kelantan.

mimid3vils said...

Why the ayam percik got some black colour skin? Burnt?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: yeap, must hav some burnt burnt only nice mah eheh.

eatbitemunch said...

Is the nasi tumpang better than the one in Warung?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eatbitemunch: let me try first and tell u!

Baby Sumo said...

I tried the nasi tumpang from Belanga (in The Gardens) just last month and I didn't like it. The egg was burnt and the rice was way too soggy. I find the version in The Warung, Midvalley much nicer.

The nasi dagang at Belanga is very good though.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babysumo: well lets hope i hav enuf time to try the one at warung!