When it comes to street food, nobody knows them better or make them better than the Malaysians. It’s no doubt a biased opinion. I know some might argue that it’s Thailand or, God forbids, Singapore. But there is no argument that a local plate of greasy Char Kway Teow, fluffy Roti Canai, fiery Nasi Lemak, lard-ladened Hokkien Mee or even a bubbly cup of Teh Tarik are the first things that come to mind each time we return home from any excursion away. Nothing calms us or make us feel more at home than the food that’s out on the streets.
Which is why I highly admire the guys and girls behind Friedchillies for organizing the annual “Love Your Street Food” campaign with the aim of recognizing dedicated street food vendors for all their hard work and putting up with extreme conditions just to feed our hunger. Call it a KL street food hall of fame, call it the people’s choice awards, it’s no doubt that a campaign like this is much needed. Somebody needs to tell these hawkers that they are loved and cherished. Food enthusiasts gathered in numbers, nominated and voted for their favourites. The climax of the 2-month long campaign is the Annual Foodsters’ Award, where the winner of the best vendor in each categories were announced.
Best Pisang Goreng – SS2 Goreng Pisang Stall
Nominees: Azmi Pisang Goreng, Mr. Chiam’s Stall in Brickfields
Best Satay – O Mulia Satay
Nominees: Hj Samuri, Satay Malaysia
Best Crabs – Fatty Crab
Nominees: Nong & Jimmy Thai Seafood, King Crab
Best Nasi Lemak – Village Park
Nominees: Tanglin, Nasi Lemak Famous
Best Kopitiam – Yut Kee
Nominees: Sin Seng Nam, Chawan
Best Assam Laksa – O&S, Paramount Garden
Nominees: Mark’s Assam Laksa, Alisan Laksa
Best Maggi Goreng – Stevens Corner
Nominees: Nasi Kandar Bestari, Lotus Family Restaurant
Best Roti Canai – Valentine Roti
Raju’s, Restoran Kayu Nasi Kandar
Best Char Kuey Teow – Aunty Gemuk FAM
Nominees: Restaurant Soon Leong, Restoran Seng Lee
Best Chicken Rice – Restaurant Satellite Chicken Rice
Nominees: New Ipoh Chicken Rice, Nam Heong
Best Burger – OM Burger
Nominees: Burger TTDI, Jackson Burger
Best Banana Leaf Rice – Kanna Curry House
Nominees: Restoran Sri Nirwarna Maju, Vishal Chettinad Mess
Ribuan tahniah diucapkan kepada semua pemenang! A heartiest congratulations to all the winners, but in my eyes, they are all winners. Once again, thanks for filling up our bellies at the oddest hours and places. I know I would have never found my passion for food without all of you out there.
And of course to the Adly and the Friedchillies gang, keep up your good work and passion. Psst… These viral videos are awesome!!!