Nasi Ganja (Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah) @ Yong Suan Coffee Shop, Ipoh
I have always heard about this Nasi Ganja in Ipoh and I always couldn't find the right time to visit as it closes before dinner and with my usual trip schedule, it would be evening already by the time I reached Ipoh from KL and it would be too early when I head to Ipoh from Penang. Anyway, long story short, I finally got to taste it during this trip after a loooooooong time.
Wait. Nasi.....what?! Relek bro, there is no illegal substance used in the cooking. Its catchy nickname was given by the locals to describe this 'nasi kandar ayam merah' selling in Yong Suan coffee shop. They say the rice is so delicious that it could be as addictive as 'ganja' (aka cannabis or marijuana).
You'll see a queue outside the shop most of the time but do not be intimidated by the crowd as most of them are here for takeaways. If you are dining in, don't join in the queue (like us noobs) and grab a seat in the shop directly. The staff will come to take your order.
So, is it really that 'addictive'?
We ordered their famous ayam merah, with half a salted egg at the side and some lady fingers. It was tasty but did not blow me away somehow. I was in fact expecting the 'ohm' from this so called 'nasi ganja' and hoping more 'kuah' would be given. However, the accompanied spices (the small pile that lays beside the drumstick) did give a unique flavour and boosted the flavour of the curry rice overall and we agree this is the 'highlight' of the dish.
Come and give it a try but make sure you order 'kuah banjir' meaning extra curry sauce on your rice!
Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah (Nasi Ganja Ipoh)
Yong Suan Coffee Shop, 2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, 30250, Ipoh, Perak Malaysia
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9.30AM - 6PM
Till next time~
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