WHQ Malaysia- Local blogger date at Nasi Lemak CT Garden

Country: Malaysia

WHQ paid a visit to one of the top KL’s Halal food blogger. She has showcased many Halal restaurants around the world in her blog.

WHQ organized the visit in order to meet like-minded Halal food bloggers and travellers around the world. Everyone of them have their own eye-opening, awe-inspiring tales to share.

So on a fine night of June 28th, we met up with Dieya. Donning a pink hijab, a richly dyed purple long sleeve shirt, a beautifully decorated Turkish ‘batik’ skirt and her wide warm smile. She was a beauty.

We chose to meet up with her at Nasi Lemak CT Garden, Kampung Baru because it’s one of her favourite haunt.

The location of the restaurant was somewhat ambiguous. We were provided with an address but we still got lost(*shake heads)One of the reason was the restaurant didn’t come up on iPhone’s map (IOS 5.3).

Second reason was because of an exceptionally tall (on stilts) entertainer with his body spray-painted in silver from head to toe (including the stilts). Third was due to an on going “pasar malam” (night market) located just one school block and two streets away from where we were (which we found out later that the restaurant was located behind the school).

We circled the area… twice… before we started using our noses as guides (well a few friendly “makciks” helped us too). Lo and behold, Nasi Lemak CT Garden was found. The restaurant was located at an isolated spot from the night market crowd. The area looked kinda haunted and hairs were raised when we were walking towards the restaurant. We saw a few abandoned kampung houses along the way.

It was the only place with a litted signboard. When we got there, the restaurant was about 3 quarter full. Looking for Dieya was like finding a needle in the haystack. It was like an almost blind date because we only seen her picture on her blog. Fortunately, soon, enough our eyes saw a beautiful lady sitting demurely. We knew it was her. Her posture was very similar to her writing, beautiful yet unassuming.

We introduced ourselves and immediately connected like old childhood friends. We chatted, laughed and amused ourselves with our own travel tales and food jokes.

Then we head to the long queue. The food looked wonderful and the smell was so appetizing.

There was an array of dishes… Patrons would be spoilt by choices.

The Nasi Lemak was wrapped in a nostalgic newspaper and banana leaves. “We must take 2 packets each. One is not enough…” said Dieya.

My eyes scanned through many of the colourful side dishes while Bryan was mesmerized by the otak-otak.
We ordered both ‘limau kosong’ (freshly squeezed limonade [not a typo] w/o added sugar) and ‘teh-o-limau-ice’ (Iced lime tea w/o milk).

We were given the chance to squeeze our own lime juice into our drinks. Bryan appreciated this because he disliked having the entire lime thrown into his drink due to cleanliness issues.

He also mentioned that the perfect limonade required 6 limes per 500ml of water to make it the perfect limonade.

It was fascinating to see the Chicken feet curry together with the Nasi Lemak…A combination of Chinese and Malay favourites on one table…like 1 Malaysia.

The fried crispy chilli tempeh was a hot favourite! It was perfect with the nasi lemak which consisted of coconut steamed rice and spoonful of sweet sambal (loads of onions). We did detect somewhat “sotong” (cured squid) smell, but couldn’t find any of it in the sambal.

WHQ Lina agreed personally that…as a Singaporean, it was a fascinating experience to dine in with the local night KL crowd.

WHQ Bryan is already accustomed to his hometown’s way of life and street food…so this is no biggie for him.

There were buskers coming into the restaurant to entertain us, the beautiful crowd, with their heartfelt songs.

Look at that…. like the Sisterhood of the travelling pants… *lol
Love, love, love DIEYA..such awesome personality.
She exudes such warmth and happiness in her every move. Look at that smile…
Do read her informative blog on Halal food places around the world: http://www.linamasrina.com/p/dieyas-halal-features.html
Thank you Dieya for taking the time to meet up with us (even though, you need to rest to prepare for your travel, the very next day).We enjoyed the whole experience thoroughly. Thank you for your passion in blogging about Halal food places around the world. No words can truly described our gratitude for your endless effort to the Muslim community. May you get to travel to more places and have fun! May all your dreams come true easily and harmoniously as well. God bless!
Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman
Kampung Baru,
Kuala Lumpur
Opens daily: 6pm till 4 am.
Nasi Lemak CT garden from another awesome, local food blogger’s view:
Writer: Lina Masrina (aka Putri Berendam)
Photographer: Bryan Yong Photography
Disclaimer: WHQ doesn’t care how other foodies do it. We are not critics. We are simply food lovers who love to eat with all our senses and especially our hearts. We are not representing anyone. Halal is an act of individual’s responsibility. What we feast on may or may not fulfil your standard of 100% halal. We are not responsible for your own tummy and bodily experience. Our intention is to make Halal a no.1 brand in the world for the world …in our own unique way. .
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