Best Ayam Masak Merah in PJ

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Literally translated as “Red-Cooked Chicken”, ayam masak merah is a popular Malaysian dish cooked in chili tomato sauce. This versatile chicken delight can be enjoyed on its own, even though it remains best paired with rice. Depending on the choice found in the menu, you may find the ayam masak merah served with plain white rice, nasi tomato (tomato rice) and/or nasi lemak. In case you’re wondering why ayam masak merah is such a popular local cuisine? Well, it’s all boils down to “3 S”: sweet, spicy and savoury! Without further ado, here is where you have a taste of delicious ayam masak merah around the PJ area!

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    Rail CanteenHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Hailed all the way from Kluang, Rail Canteen offers authentic kopitiam-style dishes amidst the contemporary yet laidback setting. Not surprisingly, you can expect classic Malaysian dishes such as nasi lemak and of course, ayam masak merah. Here, you can choose to pair the tomato-based chicken with nasi lemak, mee goreng or mee hoon Siam. The chicken has a right amount of spiciness and sweetness, while the meat on the inside is tender enough to the bite.

    Tips

    If you order nasi lemak, you have a choice or go all five different selection of sambal pastes (anchovies, cockles, onions, shrimps and/or squids)!

    Things to expect

    Various Malaysian dishes, reasonable price.

    Best with

    Bun Sambal Special and Kopi Ais (Iced Coffee).

    Price

    RM12.50

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    Rail Canteen View restaurant

    Unit D-GF-02, Sunway Nexis No.1, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara, 47810, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0361501802

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    08:00AM—10:00PM
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    Dapo SutaPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Formerly known as Nasi Ayam Berlada, this popular stall at the Uptown Hawker Centre is known for its signature – what else – Nasi Ayam Berlada (pepper chicken rice). Among other chicken dish to look out for is their yummylicious Ayam Masak Merah. Served with plain white rice, the ayam masak merah is juicy and flavourful enough you can almost eat it on its own.

    Tips

    Look out for lunch and dinner set menu.

    Things to expect

    Apart from dine-in menu, the stall also offers catering service.

    Best with

    Rojak Buah Thai or Kerabu Mangga (Mango Salad).

    Price

    RM6.00

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    Dapo Suta View restaurant

    Lot 1066. Uptown Hawker Centre, Damansara Uptown, Jalan SS 21/39, 47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0192577257

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    11:00AM—11:00PM
    Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—12:00AM
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    Kluang Station @ 1 UtamaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    The famous Kluang Station may have been known for its signature Nasi Lemak with Whole Leg Chicken, but this kopitiam chain also deserves a praise for its succulent ayam masak merah. Served with fluffy yet appetising nasi lemak, the ayam masak merah has a wonderful mild burst of spicy and savoury flavour.
    Tips

    You can also find other PJ outlets at Tropicana City Mall and IPC Shopping Centre.

    Things to expect

    Comfortable setting, air-conditioned environment.

    Best with

    Kluang Kopi O or Barley.

    Price

    RM13.90

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    Kluang Station @ 1 Utama View restaurant

    LG337, Lower Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0377101039

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    09:00AM—10:00AM
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    09:00AM—10:30PM
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    Khadijah’s KitchenPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    If the name Khadijah sounds familiar to you, that is because the restaurant refers to the popular ‘70s and ‘80s legendary singer herself. True to her homegrown nature, Khadijah’s Kitchen covers a diverse range of Malaysian dishes. For chicken lover, look out for the ayam masak merah. The ayam masak merah is slow-cooked with a robust blend of chili tomato sauce and vinegar. Best served with white rice or nasi tomato.

    Tips

    Set menu is also available.

    Things to expect

    Cosy ambience, lots of local cuisine.

    Best with

    Tauhu Telur (Tofu Omelette).

    Price

    RM11.00 to RM23.80

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    Khadijah Kitchen View restaurant

    14, Jalan Bukit 11/2, Seksyen 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0379601079

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    Satay Satay @ 1 UtamaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Sometimes a certain delicious meal can be found in the most unlikely place. This is definitely rings true for Satay Satay located in the 1 Utama Shopping Centre. A restaurant known for its signature satay dishes, who could have thought their ayam masak merah is equally noteworthy as well? Loaded with savoury chili-tomato goodness, the succulent red chicken packs a wallop when serving alongside a plate of white rice or nasi lemak.

    Tips

    Look out for their daily set menu.

    Things to expect

    Cosy environment, various local dishes.

    Best with

    Chicken & Beef Satay.

    Price

    RM15.90

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    Satay Satay @ 1 Utama View restaurant

    S143, Second Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0327104908

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Chawan @ Citta MallHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Started as a small-time coffee joint and now becomes a full-fledged café, Chawan can be found in various outlets in the Klang Valley area alone. Since the café focuses on serving variety of local dishes, it’s natural to expect chicken dishes like ayam masak merah. Here, you can choose to serve the tasty red chicken with plain white rice or nasi lemak. But the real deal that truly hits the spot is pairing ayam masak merah with nasi tomato.

    Tips

    You can also find Chawan at the famous Bangsar outlet in Jalan Telawi 3.

    Things to expect

    Apart from main-course menu, the café also serves all-day breakfast and local tea-time snacks such as cucur udang (prawn fritters) and pisang nangka goreng (banana fritters).

    Best with

    3 Layer Coffee.

    Price

    RM10.07 to RM15.37

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    Chawan @ Citta Mall View restaurant

    G.43A, Ground Floor, Citta Mall, 1, Jalan PJU 1A/48, Ara Damansara, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0376295888

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    08:00AM—01:00AM
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    Frisson Coffee BarPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Be it the classic Aglio Olio or the fusion tom yam pasta, Frisson Coffee Bar certainly knows a thing or two about pasta varieties. Added to the menu is Spicy Ayam Masak Merah – you guessed it – a classic Malaysian chicken dish given a unique Italian twist that complements with premium pasta noodles. The pasta is deliciously al dente, and it goes well with the spicy-sweetness of flavourful ayam masak merah. Now, this is something different worth trying at least once.

    Tips

    Get 15% off any dessert when you order one of their premium pasta selections!

    Things to expect

    Friendly service, cosy ambience.

    Best with

    Croissant ala Fusion Chicken.

    Price

    RM27.90

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    Frisson Coffee Bar View restaurant

    71-G, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, 47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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    0377329969

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    10:45AM—11:00PM
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    09:45AM—11:00PM
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