The connection between me and Nasi Kandar Pelita go back by an entire decade plus years. In fact, I can very well say it’s the first place where I had my first try with Malaysian cuisine. Over the years, my visits had been a mix of good and bad experience and after a gap of many years, I finally had a chance to catch up with a couple of food buddies here and given below is my take on it.
Nasi Kandar Pelita is located at the beginning of Pondy Bazaar and right next to KFC. Though they don’t have valet parking, they do have a moderated parking spot and if it does get filled, the opposite lane (outside the school) is always empty post sunset. Ambience and decor is something they’ve changed in the recent times and apart from indoor seating, they have seating space on the floor upstairs and not to mention their famous outdoor seating. We were a bunch of 4 who got ourselves a seat upstairs and we ordered a couple of drinks, starters, mains and a dessert. For drinks, we tried Ais Bandung and Milo Ais. The former was pretty good and the latter, Milo, being one of my favourite drinks during my school days was excellent. Murtabak, a Malaysian version of meat stuffed into breads, was delicious. Calamari fries was pretty good too. Going to a Malaysian restaurant and not trying Nasi Goreng doesn’t make the visit complete, so tried it with Ayam curry which is a chicken based gravy. Nasi Goreng was a bit too mild for my liking and the curry was decent. For dessert, we tried their legendary Ais Kacang. It was ice shavings which is moulded onto a bowl and generously coated with sugary syrup and topped with sliced bananas and a scoop of ice cream. It was actually hard for a person to finish it by themselves. Fortunately we had the manpower to finish it and it was superb.
Service was really good. When they saw the ground floor full, they opened the top floor just for us. They could’ve just waited for a table downstairs to clear instead of opening more space for them to cover but they were good enough to do what they did. For what we had, the cost worked out to be around Rs350 per person. Post this trip, it’s become a regular spot for me to get takeaways for myself. That mixed nasi goreng is something of a quick fix for me when my other favourite spots aren’t accessible. So at the end, I’m back to being a regular to this place after ages.