Ever since I tasted nasi kukus ayam berempah in Kemaman, I've been trying to find one in KL that is good or even better than that in Kemaman. One good and a frequent favourite for me and my fellow tamchiaks who have eaten the one in Kemaman is at a simple food court behind Celcom / Menara Naluri along Jalan Ampang.
This stall used to be manned by a pakcik but is now manned by his kids. It still taste the good even under the children which I suspect they do have a "central kitchen" as they're operating also in Cheras.
Nasi kukus simply means the rice is steamed. Rice is nice and fluffy with a delicate pandan (screwpine) flavour and ts made better since its servedon banana leaf!
The gravy or I call it kuah gulai is delightfully fragrant with an assortment of spices. And its actually not spicy. The spicy / hot taste comes from the green sambal made of cili padi.
Equally important is the spiced fried chicken. Make a choice of regular chicken or spring chicken. Either way, each and every chicken is well marinated with an assortment of ingredients including fennel seed, lemongrass, onions, curry powder and garlic.
Grab a salted egg as well as it goes really well with the Nasi Kukus Ayam Berempah.
And if you love a good spicy rich soup, ask for a bowl of soup kosong i.e. plain soup with the meaty goodness beef and lots of spices.
If you're keen to try it out never mind the heat (this food court only has fans and canopies) then head over to Celcom in Jalan Ampang (beside MCA building). Smack behind Celcom and Menara Naluri is the said food court. The food court is only opened during weekday breakfast and lunch though this yummy Nasi Kukus Ayam Berempah is available from 1030am only.