To get pleasure from a plate of mouth-watering nasi lemak with dishes in Sri Petaling, it’s a must to get up early and be a part of a queue, which fortunately, strikes quick.
Folks within the space are acquainted with the sight of an enormous crowd most mornings, even earlier than 8am, at Nasi Lemak Tawaf.
From cuttlefish to hen dishes, there’s something for everybody on the 23-year-old eatery.
Founder Zulmah Jaffar, 61, stated even after 20 years, the cook dinner right here has all the time been her husband, Dzulkifli Ahmad, 63.
“Our signature dishes are the sotong kering, udang petai, kerang and kambing rendang.
“Now, my husband has two assistants at our residence to assist with preparations however he nonetheless does the majority of cooking.
“He’s meticulous and passionate in regards to the meals he prepares,” stated Zulmah.
All of the meals offered on the eatery is ready of their residence in Balakong and delivered by relations to Sri Petaling, with Zulmah making the primary journey within the morning.
“We used to reside close by, so it was a lot simpler for us to deliver our meals right here and begin promoting.
“Now we’ve to drive all the way in which from Balakong. Generally, I arrive late due to visitors congestion,” she stated.
It has not been easy crusing all the way in which however Zulmah finds pleasure in making and promoting good meals regardless of getting solely three to 4 hours of sleep a day.
“In the course of the 1997 monetary disaster, my husband opted for the voluntary separation scheme and we used the cash to start out this enterprise.
“Within the first two years, we didn’t make any revenue. By the tip of every enterprise day, we have been throwing leftover meals away.
“However slowly, by phrase of mouth, our enterprise grew to what it’s in the present day,” Zulmah stated.
Zulmah and Dzulkifli weren’t all the time within the meals enterprise.
She used to work in a manufacturing facility whereas he was in high quality management.
They needed to study by way of trial and error.
“Now we’ve perfected our recipes however preparation remains to be arduous work. We get up at 4am daily.
“For instance, to organize the sotong kering (dried cuttlefish), we have to soak them in air abu for 9 to 10 hours, after which soak them in water for about two extra hours earlier than we begin cooking,” she stated.
Zulmah defined that the recipe for the kambing rendang truly got here from her husband’s greatest buddy.
One repeat buyer is Chong Siew Ching, 51, who savours the meals each Saturday morning after choosing her son up from tuition.
“We love the kerang! The sambal shouldn’t be too spicy, so it’s appropriate for my son,” Chong stated.
One other buyer who visits along with her household on a weekly foundation is Ruslina Mohd Ghazali, 41.
Ruslina, who loves the udang petai and ayam goreng, stated though the worth was barely on the excessive aspect, the components have been well worth the cash.
“The standard of meals and repair are excellent right here. The rice is of fine high quality,” she stated.
A plate of rice with lamb prices RM7 onwards whereas a primary plate of rice with sambal, ikan bilis, peanuts and boiled egg prices RM2 onwards.
Sotong kering will set you again RM2 to RM4 a bit.
Personally, I actually loved the kambing rendang and sotong kering. The environment friendly service and easy setting additionally makes breakfast right here extra gratifying.
When requested how she felt now that the enterprise was doing nicely, Zulmah stated she was content material.
“I’m glad my husband and I made a decision to start out promoting meals. I’ve no regrets.
“Generally, after I arrive within the morning, prospects who’re already ready in queue would smile and wave at me – I really feel like a celeb!
“Then, there are prospects who come again with their youngsters, asking if I keep in mind them from years again after they have been nonetheless single.
“Truthfully, I don’t keep in mind any extra however I’m very blissful they arrive again for our meals,” Zulmah stated.
Nasi Lemak Tawaf opens 8am to 1pm from Tuesdays to Sundays.
It’s situated at 1, Jalan Radin Anum in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
There’s additionally a newly-opened Balakong department in Taman Impian Ehsan.
For particulars, name 017-317 9154 or 017-251 1427.