Boy offered to pick me up. Although it was more logical for me to drive (instead of him driving from Bangsar to pick me up in Ampang for a movie in Midvalley), he decided to charm me with his chivalrous gesture.
So after the movie (it was 2012 - this apocalypse movie about the world ending in 2012 which is totally ironic because that was just a few years ago and nothing happened), Boy offered supper before sending me home. Naturally I asked him to pick the place (I'm not a fan of being demanding, especially on the first date with a cute boy!) so he said ok. Guess where he took me. Mapley okeh. Mapley Jalan 222 to be exact.
I remember that night just like it was yesterday. The floor was sticky and the air was heavy with bau goreng goreng. Basically if you walk in and then walk out, you can sniff yourself and still salivate (or gag) from the smell of yummy fried food on your clothes. But then again, who cares about all that, when you have a cute Boy sitting right across you?
Anyway, fast forward to ten years later and Boy became Boyfriend and subsequently Hubby. And over time, I finally found out that that fateful trip was actually a test. Yes, a test. Hubby was worried about me being high maintenance. (Who gave him that idea, anyway? *giggles*) I guess I passed the test with flying colours (well he did agree to marry me!) but I'm not entirely sure it was a fool-proof test to begin with! *chuckles*
|Mapley Jalan 222.|
So last weekend, we decided to revisit our first date..... with the kiddos! I've been hearing a lot about this Nasi Lemak stall (two to be exact) at Mapley Jalan 222 so we decided to give it a try. When we arrived, I was surprised to see that the place looked exactly as before, but since we were there in the afternoon, it wasn't as crowded as that fateful first date.
Essentially, it's a battle between two Nasi Lemak - the red stamp (Yati) and the blue stamp (Suri). So which to indulge in first? Reading reviews, it seems that Yati has the sweeter sambal while Suri has the spicier sambal but more flavourful rice. Hence I decided to try Suri first. I guess it was just our luck, because as soon as we sat down (at a blue table, which incidentally dictates which nasi lemak you get!) we were immediately served the Suri blue stamp nasi lemak.
|Yati vs Suri|
Honestly, I wasn't blown away by it. The taste was acceptable, the sambal was spicy and the rice was just ok. Next, I decided to try Yati's nasi lemak. We flagged down a couple of helpers/workers and requested for them to send us some. We waited for quite a while, but none arrived. Finally Hubby walked to the physical stall and requested for one. That was when we found out, that because we were sitting at a blue table, they couldn't send us some. Hubby had to actually pay for it at the stall to bring it over to our table.
Surprisingly (given the reviews), Yati's rice is the more flavourful between the two. You can actually smell the coconut milk wafting up as soon as you opened the packet. Sambal was as spicy as Suri, no difference on our taste buds. My personal opinion - I do not have a preference for any. But what I do love about both, was that the rice packets were still warm to the touch when it arrived at our table, suggesting that the rice was freshly cooked and packed on the spot. Since the packets are small, be prepared to wallop a few with great ease. Also, the price is value for money. At RM1.50 each (it was RM1 back then), no wonder Hubby told me he survived on this nasi lemak during his university days!
|Suri on the left, Yati on the right. Looks similar, don't they?|
|Cheeky Ian posing with Suri's nasi lemak.|
So if you're ever salivating for a quick fix of nasi lemak, give this a go. Or you can go fancy and head to Village Park in Damansara Uptown - their nasi lemak is to die for. If all else fails, there is always Nasi Lemak Turbo in Denai Alam. *wink*
Do you have any recommendations for yummy nasi lemak to share? I've heard of Nasi Lemak Tanglin... maybe I should do that this weekend!