By Wern Sze Gill
A good place to sample all things Malay plus some good old fashioned ‘masakan kampung’ (village cooking), is the Medan Selera Stadium, located adjacent to the Perak Football Stadium in Ipoh Garden. The stretch of Malay and halal food stalls start from Stall No.49 right up to No.70.
The food here ranges from breakfast selections such as nasi lemak, nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, lontong and roti canai, up to a variety of ‘nasi campur’ (rice and dishes) selections and fried noodles offered during lunch hour. The stalls selling rice dishes operate on a self serve method, where you pay the proprietor upon selecting the dishes. Prices therefore, vary depending on the dishes taken.
Below is a list of some of the stalls and the various dishes to sample:
Stall #51 Wak Nasi Lemak
A nasi lemak stall which also sells ayam bakar wrapped in pandan leaves.
Stall #54 Fuad Roti Canai
A ‘kopitiam’ themed roti canai stall that also offers nasi lemak. Dishes for the nasi lemak are on the sweet side.
Fried Koay Teow – RM3.50, Mee Bandung – RM5.50, Mee Lakna – RM5.50. Uses very large prawns for Mee Bandung and Lakna.
Stall #59 Sudut Selera (morning)
Nasi Kerabu – RM3.50, Nasi Dagang with gulai ikan – RM4.
Nasi Lemak – RM1.20 for pre-packed takeaway version, or RM2 and above for own ‘self-serve’ version.
Stall #60/61 Cahaya Fatehah
Nasi Campur (curry fish head, sambal and vegetables) – RM8.50.
Stall # 62/63 Sri Puteri
Nasi Campur (chicken drumstick, vegetables, gulai lamak pisang, sambal) – RM5.50
Nasi Lemak (morning) – RM2.00 (ikan bilis), RM3.20 (squid,egg and ikan bilis)
Lontong (morning) – RM3.50, charges 30 sen more for takeaway (more gravy and nasi impit).
Stall #64 Pak Tam Place
Bihun Sup Utara (with chicken) – RM3.50
Also has nice fried Koay Teow and other types of noodles – from RM4.