Best Ayam Masak Merah in Kuala Lumpur

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Brace yourselves as this post will keep you salivating! Bringing you something close to the roots of the Malay culture in Malaysia, the wholesome and fiery Ayam Masak Merah with its sweet, spicy and tangy flavours infused from a blend of turmeric, onions, garlic, ginger, chillies and a whole concoction of spices, have made this dish an all-time national favourite. To save you the hassle of seeking for the best home-grown beloved entree, here is a list of our best recommended Ayam Masak Merah in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Surrounded by sky scrapers, this single-storey outlet stands its ground in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. Serving traditional Malay dishes with sides of satay and kuih, their specialty is the Ayam Masak Merah – cooked to order with a blend of tomato base, chili and spices in a thick gravy to slather over your choice of rice. Be it nasi pandan or nasi kerabu, the Ayam Masak Merah easily complements any selection on the menu. It’s not common for locals to want to spend extra on everyday fare which can be easily found at a bargain in a warung or home-cooked in mom’s kitchen; but Songket Restaurant is an exception as the quality of their dishes and the authenticity of the flavours override any qualms. An award-winning restaurant, it is the perfect place if you have guests who would like to experience a true Malaysian feast.
    Tips

    Call for reservations and pre-order your dishes and indicate the number of guests to serve if you are hosting a big dinner. Parking lots available.

    Things to expect

    Traditional dancers usually keep patrons entertained on weekends and public holidays.

    Best with

    Ayam Masak Merah with Masak Lemak Pucuk Paku. Start with a serving of otak- otak and complete the feast with a glass of freshly-squeezed fruit juice.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM68.00

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    Songket Restaurant View restaurant

    29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450, Kuala lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321613331

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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    05:00PM—11:00PM
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    ChawanPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    There is no missing out on Chawan’s famous Nasi Tomato with Ayam Masak Merah. The dish is an all-day serving with dhalca as a condiment. The chicken is cooked in a deep red sauce made from chili and tomatoes with the quintessential spices that give it its distinguished flavour. The rice is a bright amber colour from the ingredients cooked together such as tomato paste, onions and ghee. This palatable dish is perfected with the crunch from crispy deep-fried papadoms. Serving the best dishes that Malaysian cuisine has to offer, their menu ranges from light snacks to substantial mains and sweet desserts. Chawan currently has three outlets in Kuala Lumpur and one in Ara Damansara.
    Tips

    There’s ample parking at either Bangsar Village or Bangsar Village 2.

    Things to expect

    Crowds in the morning and evening.

    Best with

    Start off with Roti Bakar Kaya and Butter while you wait for Nasi Tomato with Ayam Masak Merah. Wash it down with Iced Kopi Muar.

    Price

    RM3.80 to RM16.90

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    Chawan View restaurant

    69-G Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
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    0322875507

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    08:00AM—01:00AM
    Friday, Saturday
    08:00AM—02:00AM
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    JM Bariani HousePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    JM Bariani House started out as husband and wife business partners offering authentic Johor briyani rice from a family heirloom recipe to family and close friends. Word spread and soon enough they decided to launch a restaurant. Their ultimate dish to try is the briyani rice with Ayam Masak Merah. The chicken is cooked in the typical Masak Merah style with the addition of coconut cream and fresh herbs for its distinctively rich and flavoursome gravy. Raisins and cashew nuts dot the bright auburn tones of the briyani rice, drawing a fine balance of sweet and savory. Accompanied by vibrant fruit acar (pickled stone-fruits) and dhalca gravy, it is nothing like other briyani rice you have had before. Being in the business for over 20 years, the duo has developed more dishes to intensify the Johorian food experience and to spread the southerly love across 17 outlets in the Klang Valley.
    Tips

    Catering services are available. Inquire with a phone call for furthr details.

    Things to expect

    Many walk-in customers buying take-away in bulk. Occasionally a whole lamb is roasted right outside the outlet.

    Best with

    Nasi Briyani Gam with Ayam Masak Merah, washed down with an ice-cold Sirap Bandung.

    Price

    RM2.80 to RM28.60

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    JM Bariani House View restaurant

    No. 3-G, Jalan Wangsa Delima 1A, Seksyen 5, Wangsa Maju, 55330, Kuala lumpur, City Center
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    0341311758

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    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Nasi Tomato Kak TaimPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Kak Taim is the name of the owner of this mobile stall which has never relocated as she aims to cater to the people in the area. Providing only take-away service or as we Malaysians call it bungkus, this roadside food vendor has been operating over eight years and is renowned for its superb Nasi Tomato and selection of Malay dishes. Like a flower crowning the dish, the Ayam Masak Merah is a perfect pairing, with large caramelized onion rings, green peas and julienned spring onions adding contrast to the rich red gravy beneath. The meat is cooked tender and seasoned with a robust flavour from the spice mix including cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. A perfect balance of hot and spicy emanates from the blanched dried chilies blended to a paste, while the pleasant tang from canned tomato paste gives the dish its distinct identity. When served together with the fragrant and fluffy Nasi Tomato, you know it’s worth the travel to seek this alley despite the lunch hour traffic and the beeline.
    Tips

    Extremely busy during lunch hour! Get there before 12 noon and have a friend drop you off while you wait in line.

    Things to expect

    Expect to wait in line. Does not operate during the fasting month of Ramadhan.

    Best with

    Nasi Tomato with Ayam Masak Merah and Beef Kurma gravy. Perfect kenduri combo!

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM7.00

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    Nasi Tomato Kak Taim View restaurant

    No. 1, Jalan Melaka, Lorong Melaka Facing Leboh Ampang End, 50100, Kuala lumpur, City Center
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    0126804602

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    07:00AM—01:00PM
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    Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the newly revamped Silka Maytower has been a prominent landmark for tourists and locals in the area. This year, they will be serving a Ramadhan Iftar Special until the middle of July. Their reputable Ayam Masak Merah is served together with 12 other dishes. However it is this dish which has been voted as the most favourite dish among customers as it complements scented briyani rice and a mix of curry gravy. The poultry is first fried to give it that crisp exterior while the sauce is made from a blend of chili, tomato paste and selected spices to give that audacious bang diners normally anticipate. With an interior cheerfully decorated in batik prints and twinkling lights, this Ayam Masak Merah will make you feel like you’re back in your kampung.
    Tips

    Since it’s located in a service apartment cum hotel, spend the night there if your after-Iftar belly advices you so!

    Things to expect

    A wide selection of salads, yong tau foo, rice dishes, noodles and not to forget, desserts!

    Best with

    Ayam Masak Merah with Nasi Briyani coupled with a side of Beef Satay.

    Price

    RM40.00 to RM90.00

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    La Maison Restaurant View restaurant

    Silka Maytower Hotel & Serviced Residences, 7 Jalan Munshi Abdullah, 50100, Kuala lumpur, City Center
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    0326929298

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    Every day
    06:30AM—11:00PM
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    Nasi Lemak AntarabangsaPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    The perfect energy fix in the morning, noon or night, the restaurant has established a reputation for its nasi lemak and currently operates six outlets around Kuala Lumpur. This popular meal is served with a choice of eight dishes including the much-coveted Ayam Masak Merah. The slight sweet taste of the sambal helps to balance the heat from the chilies while the addition of belacan aid in bringing out a subtle savoury taste. Blending amicably with the fragrance of pandan from Sri Menanti rice and garnished with refreshing cucumber slices, crispy fried anchovies and roasted peanuts, it’s no surprise that the restaurant is always packed.
    Tips

    Strategise! Ensure you have someone seated at the table while you place your orders.

    Things to expect

    All six outlets are always packed with customers. It requires a little patience to be served a wholesome plate of nasi lemak!

    Best with

    Nasi lemak with Ayam Masak Merah and a sunny side up egg. A glass of iced tea works wonders.

    Price

    RM2.95 to RM5.95

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    Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa View restaurant

    4, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru , 50200 , Kuala Lumpur
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    0198818080

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    06:00PM—05:00AM
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    Nasi Briyani Chan Sow LinPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    An old-fashioned, Malaysian street-style dining experience, this briyani rice stall only operates on Fridays (it is believed that Fridays offer more fortunes, rewards and intrinsic benefits to oneself). Located directly opposite the CIMB bank at Chan Sow Lin, their Ayam Masak Merah definitely manages to pack a punch with its deceptively simple tomato-based sauce devilishly enriched with pounded chili paste and a majestic blend of Indian spices. Served alongside a plate of fragrant basmathi briyani rice and pickled vegetables, it’s no wonder patrons around the area literally worship this humble food stand. All the better to look forward to Fridays!
    Tips

    Strategise! Ensure you have someone seated at the table while you place your orders. It’s no easy game when it’s lunch hour!

    Things to expect

    Crowded during lunch hour, literally a roadside dining experience. Bring a hand fan if you are no heat seeker.

    Best with

    Nasi briyani with mutton gravy and a serving of Ayam Masak Merah, paired with a cold glass of sirap cordial drink.

    Price

    RM7.90 to RM12.90

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    Nasi Briyani Chan Sow Lin View restaurant

    Jalan Satu, Chan Sow Lin, 55200, Kuala lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    Mahbub RestaurantPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    A dialect of Urdu origin, the word ‘mahbub’ directly translated means ‘dearly beloved’, and oh how dearly it is to the loyal customers this beloved restaurant is. Unlike any other typical mamak shop, the restaurant has gained a following from all over the Klang Valley since the 70’s. Famous for the Nasi Briyani Ayam Merah Bermadu (Honey glazed chili chicken briyani rice) served with pickled cucumbers and turmeric dhalca gravy. The basmathi rice is cooked to a perfect fluff and lightly spiced with several classic Indian seasonings and onions. The Ayam Merah Bermadu starts off with a dip in a seasoned batter which is then deep-fried. It is then slathered with a chili based gravy that is balanced with oodles of honey and more Indian spices. Be ready for a sticky situation as it is only satisfactory to dig in with your hands! Some say bungkus or take-away is the way to go as the gravy is well infused in the rice during the journey home (or maybe it’s just the comfort of your own home). Over the years, the restaurant has expanded their menu and serves more Indian dishes to complement their briyani rice. Other food served are rojak and all kinds of roti for the breakfast and supper crowd. A second outlet is available in Damansara Damai.
    Tips

    Parking can be a hassle.

    Things to expect

    The seating area is divided into non-smoking (air-conditioned) and smoking area. At night, the seating are extends beyond the shop front.

    Best with

    Briyani rice with Ayam Merah Bermadu and a glass of mango lassi.

    Price

    RM1.80 to RM22.00

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    Mahbub Restaurant View restaurant

    15, Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Taman Lucky, 59100, Kuala lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0320955382

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    12:00PM—02:00AM
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