Nasi Lemak Ong @ Jalan Putra, Alor Star

I was recently up north for work , around the time Cumi was invited for that smashing Balvenie whisky tasting session at Carcosa. I was gutted, to say the least. No scotch in sight, rather scorched under the hot noon day Alor Star sun.. no justice… no justice I tell ya. Anyway, I may not have been able to drown my sorrows in Whisky, but I sure managed to pig out on Uncle Ong’s nasi lemak!
StarCity Hotel, AS
The stall itself, is bright and a walking advertisement. How can a foodie resist eating here.
I was beside myself with anticipation as my colleague parked the car.  Hurry up. Ciki needs feeding.
There’s uncle Ong. He’s set against a backdrop of celebrity photos of basically, .. uh, celebrities eating his food. (What else..)
Just looking at the set up, one thing comes to mind. Uncle Ong’s nasi lemak is really Nasi Kandar with a twist!The selection of food is laid out before the hungry eater in all its glorious, greasy splendor. The nasi lemak junkie then asks uncle ong (nicely) for this, this and that (hungry finger moves in pointing jerking motion).So many side dishes to pick from, apart form the customary sambal and fried ikan bilis and peanuts, what more can you ask for in a nasi lemak?
One other interesting thing to note, you have a choice of rice, with uncle ong.

White or yellow.

I chose yellow because I like being different and found it to be just greasy rice. (similar to garlic rice but less aromatic)

So, verdict? Whilst the side dishes ranging from squid to fried gizzards to curry chicken/mutton.. etc was fantastic, the rice was a real let down.

No santan. How can?! Well, if they didn’t call it nasi lemak, I would not be as peeved as I was. How can you call it nasi lemak and omit the lemak? That’s like having s** and not… (ok, nevermind.. got young readers whom I do not want to horrify).

But anyway, horrific lemak-less nasi lemak. Apparently Alor Star nasi lemak is like that. Go figure.

Here’s my delicious plate of fried innards.


Where’s my messy plate of nasi unlemak drenched in sauce, nasi kandar style.

Burp. Next time just say you are taking me for Chinese nasi kandar – that would be the right term for this meal, me thinks!

Nasi Lemak Ong,
8-9-10, Jalan Putra,
05100 Alor Star,

Tel : 012-447 1283
Business Hours : 1130-1500
Closed : Wednesdays

OK Fine, i give in to peer pressure!

Contest C&C :
Nasi without the LEMAK is like …………………….. without………………………… ?!

(Winner gets an umbrella… ella … eh, eh, eh….
…. oh, and a stroll in the rain with Ciki :P)

(Keep it clean please.. otherwise you will not win!)

CLOSING DATE: MON 8th, 12pm!RESULTS : MON 8th, 5pm!


  • fatboybakes says:

    S** without ?? what's that ah? SOB without tears? SUN without MOON? what? WHAT?
    unlemak rice aside, the dishes look salivatingable…

  • Nic (KHKL) says:

    charp farn, u mean…hehe…looks good though, despite the unlemak-ness. got ulams summore leh. i likez.

    i think u shd start a contest too, like fbb. yeah, that "it's like having s** and not ****"..hehe

  • Nic (KHKL) says:

    omg, just saw fbb's comment. tok about coincidencability… 😛

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    it's like having:

    saul without paul
    sally without harry
    simon without garfunkel

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    yea, hairy minds think alike 😛

  • Selba says:

    Love to try it…. yeah… someday!

  • ::. Anton ::. says:

    Couldn't agree more with you. Nasi lemak without santan is like a German feast without sauerkraut and beer! ^_^


  • "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    a stroll in the rain with ciki?? wow..the gifts are definitely getting more creative indeed..

    rihanna without her umbrella?

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    No! The prize iz da umbrella! Ciki will stroll wiv u under da umbrella 2dina la… dina on moi;p

  • Bangsar-bAbE says:

    It looks quite good wor, despite the unlemakness…

    Nasi without the lemak is…
    Like tiramisu without alcohol!

    Cumi without Ciki… =P

  • paranoidandroid says:

    Song Without Music
    Fruitcake withour raisins
    Pavlova without cream
    Crying without tears

  • Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    manana leaf without the lice

  • Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    Fatboybakes without a fan club

  • 550ml jar of faith says:

    That hot mess looks more inviting than whisky to me, hahahha! Not much of a hard liquor person myself so I'd choose lemak-less nasi lemak up north any day!

    Like a Twitter addiction without limitless mobile Internet! 😛

  • 550ml jar of faith says:

    That hot mess looks more inviting than whisky to me, hahahha! Not much of a hard liquor person myself so I'd choose lemak-less nasi lemak up north any day!

    Like a Twitter addiction without limitless mobile Internet! 😛

  • Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    Nasi without the LEMAK is a six-pack nasi (healthy mah…geddit geddit???).

  • Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    Like SMSing each other without Maxis' RM8 for 500 SMSes deal.

  • Julian Si says:

    Nasi kandar, nasi lemak, don't matter … love the photos and write-up as always!

    I have been slowing down on my blogging, but keeping up with my pre-departure eating, enjoy the new posts 🙂

    ps – I too wish I got the call up for that Whisky Tasting boohooo…

  • J2Kfm says:

    oh yeahloh! i saw this episode on Ah Xian. and the tempting array of curries got me thinking bout the menglembu twins ccf one.

  • breadpitt says:

    nasi lemak without lemak….its like chicken rice without chicken…..

  • qwazymonkey says:

    Is like a company dinner without winning any lucky draw prizes as there weren't any to begin with cos all the money were given to charity!

    So i blardee should win this! LOL

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    i think we are getting close to a winner.. hmmmmm, i am going umbrella shopping 2day:P

  • Nic (KHKL) says:

    Like Queen without Freddie Mercury.

    Like INXS without Michael Hutchence.

    Like American Idol without Adam Lambert.

    Like rock and roll without hawt Ciki.


  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    nic! ru trying to bribe the judge.. flattery will get u everywhere 😛 (NOT!)


  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    hmm.. now we r sizzling.. i need to get a NON-FOOD BLOGGER JUDGE to judge this la.

    to be fair.

    that's how u do it. innit?

    (any volunteers?)

  • PureGlutton says:

    Nasi without the Lemak is like:

    KFC without the chicken skin
    Assam laksa without the otak udang

    ishhh… u see, there's just NO escape from food lah!

  • fatboybakes says:

    CHIS, is shoulda been limited to S** without ——–

    laidat ah.

    gandhi without his loincloth
    bacon without the pig
    charsiu without the fat
    eggs without the yolk

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    i will leave and email on the winner's site, asking for color of preference of umbrella .

    it's only fair.

  • UnkaLeong says:

    Laverne without shirley

    Cagney without Lacey

    Fantasy Island without Tattoo

    cumi without ciki?

    Lucky I had my fill of nasi Lemak this morning di;)

  • fatboybakes says:

    like ciki without eyelashes…

    bah, such stiff competition, i can kiss my pink brolly goobai…

    its like

    a cloistered nun without underwear…. (that's not unclean right)

  • qwazymonkey says:

    like fbbfc without food and foodies

    like monkey without comics

    like BFF without DSLR

    like Masak Masak without Masak Masak

    like alcoholics without alcohol

    like chiliholics without spicy food

    like Sri Paandi without purple uniform

    like i dunno without i give up

  • qwazymonkey says:

    wait got one more:

    like umbrella without the ella ella ella…wot fun wud it be right?

    i swear this is the last one

  • Bobo says:

    Jack without Jill
    Superman without his cape

    Robin Hood without his Merry Men

    Is like Mary Poppins without her umbrella!!!!!!

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    eh, unkaleong and bsrbabe, both sed cumi without ciki.. so.. cannot!

    That slogan cannot be submitted, by virtue of the fact that it's too TRUE and totally undisputed, therefore , cannot win! 😛

  • Nic (KHKL) says:

    like Grunge without Kurt Cobain.

    like Reggae without Bob Marley.

    like Imagine without John Lennon.

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    paranoidandroid, LL:
    i was gonna make either of u judges, but now, u guys submit such crazy slogans, u cannot judge la. ur up for thr running of winner:P

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    Faith, Breadpitt:
    Oooo, how did u know im both a twitter addict as well as a chicken rice addict?!

    it's gonna b close!

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    Qmonkey FBB:
    by virtue of the fact that you both posted more slogans collectively than the entire lot, you should win rite… hmmmmmmmmm, time will tell:P

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    nic and unka:
    flattery will get you everywhere! but will the judges luv u as much as me.. wait and see…

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    pure glutton, bobo:
    excellent.. i hope u win ur umbrella!

  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    luscious! ur mind is swift but swifter, your pen.

    will u win ?! maybe u will! 😛

  • UnkaLeong says:

    Ciki without whisky?


  • CUMI & CIKI says:

    anton, joe, bsr babe:
    good la.. u guys making it hard for me to pick.. so i wont! i'll make a non-blogger pick!

  • thule a.k.a leo says:

    exactly what Ah Xian introduced in his program not long ago. I can't believe that you had gone there already!!! Do you watch Ah Xian's program too??? He did introduce a lot of interesting places to eat good food!
    I have 2 places in KL that I have to go… Cantonese food in Jalan Hang Jebat and seafood in Jalan Batu Tiga Lama… hahaha…
    Uncle Ong learned his trade and cooking skill from mamak people while in Penang. Therefore most of his curries don't contain coconut milk… more of those spices instead.

  • "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    nooooooo is it still too late to continue!??

    nasi lemak without lemak is like going food blogging without a camera! (just like me! hehe)

  • Life for Beginners says:

    Great name… Nasi UNlemak! lol

    Btw, do celebrities have better taste buds than us mere mortals do? I rather get the certification of a trusted foodblogger like you, dear. 😉

  • foodbin says:

    without the lemak–the luscious gravy from the various curry should made up for it.

  • mimid3vils says:

    A very good spree of dishes to choose~~

  • Champion says:

    I luv this type of contest:

    Jack without the beanstalk.

    Cinderalla without the stepmama. &


    Titanic without the iceberg!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sugar Bean says:

    Hahaha, nasi unlemak? Creative term! But I guess the various choices of dishes made it up?

    Missing Malaysian food too much, guess I should learn how to cook nasi lemak by myself.

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