My Makan Gang discovered a new eating place that serves fantastic deep fried ayam kampung (free range chicken) and their constant ravings got me really curious. I was surprised when they told me that the restaurant is located along the Kesas Highway; Awan Besar rest area to be precise. To avoid paying for toll on our way there, we went via Taman OUG. Alternatively, you can enter into Kesas Highway via the LDP.
I didn't expect the place to be a huge restaurant with a building on its own. I thought it was just a normal small Malay nasi campur stall that we commonly see at rest areas. After 'googling' for more information, I found out that they have outlets all over Klang Valley such as Kampung Baru, USJ Taipan, Cheras, Shah Alam and Puchong. (Psst Wong, now we don't have to drive all the way here for the ayam kampung!)
We arrived at the restaurant around 11.00 a.m. hence most dishes were still untouched. Perfect!! I was so tempted to snap a photo of each dish.
So many choices, there are way too many dishes to choose from. Sadly, we had a very heavy breakfast that morning, hence our stomach space was reserved for the ayam kampung.
The ayam kampung are lightly rubbed with salt and deep fried on the spot. Do remember to ask for your preferred part. The size of the chicken is quite small, slightly bigger than spring chicken.
Perfectly golden in colour!! Judging from the crispy-looking outer layer, I thought it was too dry. I was so wrong. One bite and the sweet juices from the chicken came oozing out from the perfectly fried chicken. At that instance, I understand why my Makan Gang kept raving about it. The chicken was SOOO tasty!!!!
Wong took a small plate of beef rendang for my two Aussie guests (my bro-in-law and Benny) to try. If not mistaken, this is Kelantanese-style of cooking. I find the gravy too overpowered with five spice powder and cinnamon powder. I am not a fan of cinnamon (except cinnamon roll) so I didn't quite like this dish. The rest liked it though especially the fork tender beef.
Wong told me this beef curry dish is called Cincan Segar. I prefer this than the earlier version. I was too busy attacking the ayam kampung, otherwise, this would be a good dish to go with rice.
Wong also took some grilled petai or stinky beans for my bro-in-law to try. Amazingly, they kept popping one after another the petai pods into their mouth especially my bro-in-law who couldn't stand the smell of durians. Hubby refused to try but I did give it a go. I tried but I still don't like it. An acquired taste I guess.
I certainly will return to try other dishes and the ayam kampung (that goes without saying!) Check out the ravings from other bloggers below:
You can hunt for the Ayam Kampung at:
Awan Besar Rest Area:
Nasi Ayam Kampung (Cawangan Awam Besar)
Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS Highway)
Kompleks Rehat Awam Besar
Nasi Ayam Kampung
35 Medan Selera, Kampung Baru, KL
Restoran A. Hassan
Jalan Lawan Pedang 13/27
Section 13 Shah Alam, Selangor
35G Jalan USJ 10/1
UEP Subang Jaya, Selangor
Restoran Tuan Faridah
Lot 61, Jln BP6/12 Bandar Bukit Puchong
Tel: 8060 6554
Open from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Fridays