Kuala Lumpur - Pakistani dinner at Restoran Sahara, Chow Kit
This former "Nasi Kandar" (an Indian-Muslim cuisine originating from Penang) restaurant along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman has been turned into a Pakistani eatery. Located a couple of minutes from Chow Kit monorail station, one needs to brave this rather dodgy part of Kuala Lumpur (no tourist in sight) to seek out this particular eatery. The better-known Mehran (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893615) is only a couple of hundred yards away.
What we had this evening:
- Moong Dal: yellow lentils stew. Loved the toasty aroma of the lentils and the spices used.
- Kaddu Sabzi: spiced pumpkin, which has pleasant sweet undertones under the chilli spices.
- Mutton Keema: this heavilyspiced minced mutton-and potato dish was a bit too salty for our taste. Quite a disappointment.
- Gosht ka Salan: absolutely delicious! Melt-in-the-mouth fatty chunks of beef swimming in red-tinted spiced oil. The oil is not to be consumed, but is usually present in Pakistani dishes to indicate that the meat has been slowly cooked, and the beef tallow rendered.
Fluffy pilau rice and hot, freshly-baked rotis were the perfect base to enjoy the spiced meat and starch-vegetable dishes.
508 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
50100 Kuala Lumpur
So, no more nasi kandar at this restaurant then? Anyway, the best nasi kandar are to be found in Penang, but I think you already know that, klyeoh.
Since you're in Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman, maybe next time you can check out Kudu bin Abdul's nasi kandar. it's been there for ages and is the favourite place for nasi kandar of the late Malay actor/director, P Ramlee who also happened to be from Penang.
PS: your photos are making me salivate.