sambal sotongI’m excited excited EXCITED! I can’t stop jumping up and down.Boing, boing, boing…..

nasi lemak Ummm. Food review. Yes, I was going to write a food review. One of my favourite foods too, the nasi lemak, in an elevated status. And this is important, because one has to realise that nasi lemak can be enjoyed in any form and anywhere. This meal, which once started off as simple fare of rice, cucumbers, anchovies and spicy sambal has since moved on to grander things. Sambal sotong (squid), sambal kerang (cockles), beef and chicken rendang have all been served with nasi lemak at one time or another. And really, should we only revere the makcik who sells nasi lemak by the roadside, with nary a utensil but her gnarled fingers to pack the various ingredients in a neatly folded triangular package, or should we open our minds and say, hey, I’m going to be objective about this? Even if it’s a RM15 plate of nasi lemak?

Boing, boing, boing…. How can I possibly describe this ecstacy?

Nasi lemak

The nasi lemak at House+Co easily took my breath away when I first saw it. The presentation resembled a work of art. Depending on what you choose, the beef, chicken or squid sambal (all absolutely delicous) is creatively placed on a banana flower (jantung pisang?). I loved the long grained rice placed on a piece of banana leaf. Two different sambals were given – one to be eaten with the rice, and the other, presumably as a dip for the cucumber, sliced lengthwise. Portions were undoubtedly rather substantial, possibly to justify the RM15 pricetag. My verdict? Well-worth the money spent.

I can’t contain this excitement! Boing, boing, boing……

Curry laksa

Another great dish is the nyonya curry laksa. Okay, there aren’t many items on the menu, so one can’t turn eating at House+Co into a daily affair. The nyonya curry laksa was served in a huge bowl, complete with my favourite ingredient – juicy cockles! The curry was a little on the thin side, but it merely meant that one could drink up to one’s heart’s content. Also priced at RM15.

Chicken pita

Other dishes included the Chicken Pita at RM12.

Syrup for sweetening the drinks

House+Co (cafe located at the back of the shop)
Second Floor
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Time:
Tuesdayβ€”Sunday (closed on Monday)
Lunch: 10amβ€”3pm / Tea time: 3pmβ€”6pm(no reservations accepted)

Boing, boing, boing….

Well, the reason I’m excited is because I’ve been featured, together with KAM RASLAN, in the same article in KLue magazine. KAM RASLAN!! The man who made my toilet sessions a little more bearable, even if I was spending longer hours on the throne. (No Boss, it wasn’t period pain.) The man who turned me into a gentler person as I patiently waited for friends to turn up while I was deeply engrossed in his book, Confessions of an Old Boy: The Dato’ Hamid Adventures. The man whom I admired from a distance at literary events. How does one approach such a person? It seemed silly. What would I have said? “Harlow, my name is…errr…Lemongrass. No, not the edible kind. Lyrical. L-Y-R-I-C-A-L. Ah? Stoopid ar? OH,” I’d pause, “Anyway, can I have your autograph please? SIR?” And I’d probably walk away hurriedly in embarrassment, wondering why in the world I’d call anybody other than the Pope “Sir”. I digress. KAM RASLAN!!



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