One of the many things I love to eat in Ipoh is Nasi Kandar Yong Suan, also known as Nasi Ganja. The term ganja came about because die hard fans claim that the rice is incredibly addictive. Housed in Yong Suan Restoran, the queue can be very long depending on what time you get there. rif and I popped by at 4pm, so there wasn’t much of a crowd.
That also meant most of their items were sold out. They usually offer more than 18 dishes but it is the ayam merah – chicken, marinated with spices, fried and coated with thick curry gravy – that takes the limelight. I went for my usual; rice with ayam merah, telur masin and kuah campur.
If you love a saucy nasi kandar, ask for ‘kuah banjir’ to make sure the rice is thoroughly flavoured. I always do that. This nasi kandar is different from the Penang version; it has more lemak and packs a wallop of heat. If you’re a chili wuss, have a glass of cold drink on standby.
The salted egg wasn’t special, but it was a good addition to the nasi kandar. Mash it into small pieces and mixed it up with your rice and curry. My meal cost RM8 inclusive of a drink. Premium items like prawns and fish egg generally cost more, so take note.
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Food: 7.5/10 (halal)
Verdict: Really tasty nasi kandar! Don’t mind the ambiance…
Nasi Kandar Yong Suan aka Nasi Ganja (halal)
Rumah Tumpangan dan Kedai Kopi Yong Suan
2, Jalan Yang Kalsom,
30250 Ipoh, Perak