Selamat Berbuka Puasa: Warung-style


Is it just me or there is a lack of good contemporary Malay eateries around the main malls in this big city of ours? With the exception of Belanga at the Gardens, my mind comes to a blank.

So, I was pretty excited to find out about this new “stall” which has opened in Mid Valley’s refurbished North Court corner. Sitting at The Warung brings back many memories of yesteryear when one sat comfortably by the road side in a small town (most likely under a big tree) enjoying a glass of Teh Tarik and a packet of Nasi Lemak wrapped in newsprint and banana leaf. Those were the days eh? Kinda reminds me of a scene in Lat’s Kampung Boy.

At this warung, one can see the great deal of details that was put into making it feel authentic. From wooden flooring and furniture to the dishes here. Everything here evokes nostalgia… only with air conditioning. I like!

Being a mall rat myself, I’ve actually makan here a few times before. The first time, coincidentally, being on the day that Masak-Masak posted about The Warung. And no, I’m not food stalking her! *roll eyes*

Anyway, one of my favourite dishes here is the Nasi Tumpang (RM9.80). This made-to-order dish consist of 11-layers of coconut rice + ayam terutup + coconut rice + serunding + coconut rice + egg + coconut rice + sambal + coconut rice + cucumber + coconut rice compactly packed into a tall slim cone. Give them approximately 8mins to serve this to your table. I’ve noticed that over the last few visit, the rice content has gotten more compressed. Apparently, this is the authentic way. Beats me, I’m happy with my food plus I’ve never had it before until now. But, I like the fact that they keep on perfecting their dishes as they go along. Well done.

Another thing that I order every time is the 3-Layer Tea (notice my penchant for all things layered here). It’s got Gula Melaka, evaporated milk and tea. It’s not as sweet as it sounds. It’s like a nice Thai Iced Tea. The fragrance of the tea is not overpowered by the sweetness of the palm sugar while the milk gives its smooth texture. All in all a well-balanced cup of tea for only RM4.00. I’m somehow tempted to order the Warung’s Special Milo every time though. Perhaps, the next round.

If you’re looking looking for some affordable good Malay dishes and don’t feel like braving the Ramadhan Bazaars, do give this place a try. To all my Muslim friends and readers, Selamat Berbuka Puasa.


The Warung
Lot F028C, 1st Floor, North Court
Mid Valley City Megamall
Kuala Lumpur

12 Responses to Selamat Berbuka Puasa: Warung-style
  1. J2Kfm
    August 26, 2009 | 4:11 am

    is this the one near the entrance towards KTM station?

  2. chiselstone
    August 26, 2009 | 4:55 am

    The Bread Shop lah, The Warung lah… next you'll be talking about The Kopitiam or The Hawker Stall. Haha.

    But seriously, I'd love to give that nasi tumpang a try. Saw it in someone else's blog (or fb) but can't remember who or where. Anyway, it looks a million times better than KFC nasi lemak wrapz!

  3. Sean
    August 26, 2009 | 5:14 am

    hey, add one more shopping mall malay outlet to your list! enak at starhill for gado-gado, ayam percik and rendang padang! :D

  4. CUMI & CIKI
    August 26, 2009 | 5:14 am

    everything good comes in layers! LOL

  5. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    August 26, 2009 | 6:17 am

    im a sucker for the 3 layer tea too!

  6. thule a.k.a leo
    August 26, 2009 | 6:22 am

    I had that 3 layer tea for the first time 2 years ago.. in Sibu. I wonder if the pioneer for this kind of tea is the Chinese or Malay??? Oh well, don't care la… 1Malaysia mah!! Lol…
    the long walk to Northpoint always deter me from going there all the time!

  7. Life for Beginners
    August 26, 2009 | 2:35 pm

    How long before the Warung becomes another franchise, eh? This one might be a decent one too.. :)

  8. spunkz
    August 26, 2009 | 5:07 pm

    it sure stirs some nostalgia looking at the condensed milk cans. btw, the nasi tumpang is so pretty! love the aesthetics – the conical earthy tone layers and that red belacan part.

  9. qwazymonkey
    August 27, 2009 | 4:15 pm

    J2Kfm: Yes, it's that one.

    Chiselstone: Hehe, I just might review those.

    Sean: my budget not as big as yours lah.

    C&C: like kao yoke, siu yoke & char siu? Mmmmmm layers!

    Joe: Ur a fan of layers too. Kewl

    Leo: Don't be lazy lah. Walk a bit.

    LFB: I'm sure it won't be long. You might find a Warung in other malls soon.

    Spunkz: It's very beautifully done up. And it actually take patience to stack rice liddat aitelyu.

  10. thenomadGourmand
    August 28, 2009 | 3:03 am

    nasi tumpang! havent tried before…must try.. arghh.. so many places..! hope the waist aint "layering" too! ;p

  11. CuriousCats
    August 29, 2009 | 3:58 pm

    This place looks interesting. I would love to try their nasi tumpang. The cone that they put the rice in looks so sempit! How come boleh muat telur and all? Kena try ni. And what's the special milo about? Is it like the Milo Dinosaur that people are selling nowadays?

  12. Leo
    September 14, 2009 | 1:04 am

    Thank you all for the support! =)