After my Nasi Kerabu experience at Village House Kopitiam (CLOSED), I decided to pop in to Capital Nasi Dagang Kelantan in hopes of finding more good Nasi Kerabu.
This kopitiam is a far cry from Village House Kopitiam in terms of decor. It's no frills and if you are not bothered by the lackluster look, then step right in.
You will find marble tables and best of all, sturdy wide bottomed wooden chairs hee..hee..hee though the one I sat on was a bit rickety.
A friendly young lady attended to me and I asked her for the nasi kerabu. She explained to me that their nasi kerabu is not the usual nasi kerabu. It is called nasi kerabu tumis and the rice is not blue. I thought she sounded apologetic, which was not necessary because the color of the rice did not matter to me.
I took a seat and ordered a glass of warm water. It did not take long for the nasi kerabu to be served.
There's rice, raw vegetables, lots of kerisik, keropok and half a salted egg for protein.
I mixed everything up and took a mouthful. Whoa. This was fabulous! The gravy was so flavorful and there was adequate aromatic herbs among the raw vegetables. I loved it.
I regretted not asking for ayam percik because I need more protein. I only managed the salted egg yolk (my favorite) because I found the whites too salty for me.
I was so taken by the nasi kerabu that I returned the next day for their nasi dagang. The truth is, I never liked nasi dagang since I was little. And that's because I hated the ikan tongkol (in Terengganu it is known as ikan iya). I don't like it because the flesh is hard and coarse.
At Capital, you have other choices besides the ikan tongkol curry. There's chicken, squid, prawns and also beef rendang. Since I wanted to taste everything (and revisit ikan tongkol), I chose the nasi dagang with all the works.
What a delight. There was even a piece of crispy salted fish on top of the rice. My first taste was bliss. This from a nasi dagang hater. The rice alone had so much flavor.
I loved it that they gave me the drumstick. The chicken curry was tasty. So was the beef rendang.
There was only one small prawn. And of course, ikan tongkol. Sorry, I still don't like it.
Ah oh, the squids. Three tiny ones. There's also some acar timun, sambal belacan and half an egg.
I think Capital may have converted me into a nasi dagang lover.
Yes, I will return! And to the people from Kelantan and Terengganu, if you haven't been here before, I suggest you pop by to get a taste of home.