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Thursday, 4 June 2009

070509 Kanna Curry House, Section 17 on top of the hill, Malaysia

Section 17 Kanna

When I told some of my friends who were not from Malaysia that we frequently have curry with rice for breakfast, most of them looked like they were seriously considering a move to the country.

Section 17 Kanna nasi lemak 2

The dish that I’m referring to is the ‘nasi lemak’, which translates literally to ‘creamy rice’, as the main feature of the dish is the rice cooked in coconut milk, and served with ‘sambal’ (a spicy chilli and onion paste), ‘ikan bilis’ (fried anchovies), fried or hard boiled egg, and sometimes, fried chicken.

Section 17 Kanna table

We like going to this restaurant as it has an outside eating area under some trees, and it’s quite windy and airy. Some people may consider falling leaves in food as something unacceptable, but I think of it as extra greens in your meal. Ants on the table? Extra protein.

Section 17 Kanna coconut tree


This is the standard three-curry bucket that is put on every table, consisting of dhal, fish curry (without the fish) and chicken curry (without the chicken). Used as a sauce for most of the plain dishes, it’s free and tasty.

Section 17 Kanna nasi lemak

Nasi lemak RM1.60

This dish comes served in a banana leaf packet as it adds flavour and fragrance to the dish. The rice is drenched in the sauce but if you want more, there’s always the curries in the curry bucket. Eaten with a spoon, lots of enthusiasm, and a nice gust of wind, this is one of the nicer things to have for breakfast.

Section 17 Kanna roti canai

Roti canai RM1 a piece

Known also as roti paratha in England and some other countries, this is a bread similar to puff pastry, which is made by flipping a piece of dough and folding it over and over again until there are enough layers in it. It is lightly fried over a flat pan and can be served square or round, though we sometimes request for it square as it means it’s freshly made. This is because at any one time, there are usually quite a few of these ready-made, and reheated on the pan before being served, but these are of the usual round variety, so asking for a square one usually means that a fresh piece will be made for you.

Would we come back to this restaurant? Most definitely one of our favourites.

Section 17 Kanna tables


KimHo said...


I am curious about something: what is the standard of living of Malaysia, i.e., using Big Mac's indicator, how much RM would be in a British pound or US dollar or Canadian dollar? I mean, at the prices you specified, they are less than a pound or either dollar! ^_^;;;

monchichi said...

Hi KimHo, using the Big Mac theory, food is almost dollar to dollar as it would be in the UK or in the US, ie it's not considered pricey, or not considered cheap. For other things however (most things aside from food), things in M'sia are not as affordable. It's probably easier to do this in the UK. However, if you're considering a holiday in Asia, it's going to seem cheap to you!

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