A Local’s Guide to Kajang

02 February 2017

Featuring some of the best things to eat and do in this Selangor town.

The district capital of Hulu Langat, Kajang is a developing town that will soon be accessible via phase two of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Line this July, but it’s also a town with deep roots in Malaysian history traced as far back as 1807. Come for the satay, stay for its old town charm.

Willy Satay
In Kajang, while any decent warung worth its salt has satay in their menu, Willy Satay, however, has gained so much popularity that they even have two branches in Kajang alone. A relative newcomer to the satay scene since 2008, Willy Satay is the star of the Ramal Food Junction food court, serving thousands of chicken, lamb, beef and perut satays. Its main highlight is the lamb satay – skewers of flavourful and juicy meat, charred to perfection.

The wait for these satays tend to go beyond an hour, so customers would put in their orders in advance as the lamb satay tends to get sold out quickly. Ramal Food Junction is also a great spot for foodies as it is a lively open-air food court with a variety of other food stalls. If you prefer a quieter environment, head down to Willy Satay’s Prima Saujana branch.
Where to find it: Ramal Food Junction, Jalan Sungai Ramal Dalam 43000 Kajang, Selangor (013 330 9291). Open Mon-Sun, 9am-12midnight; Prima Saujana B-13-GB Jalan Prima Saujana 2/A, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (014 356 5703). Open Tue–Sun, 4pm–11.30pm.

CzipLee Books & Stationery
Another pride of Kajang is the stationery bookstore, CzipLee located in the heart of Kajang town. While many Malaysians would be more familiar with the store’s fancier branch in Bangsar, the Kajang outlet retains its humble roots since its first opening in 1994.

The two-storey store boasts a plethora of stationery goods and art supplies on the first floor while the second floor is dedicated to books. To the uninitiated, CzipLee’s Kajang outlet can get a little overwhelming as its shelves are packed to the ceiling with items, but the store does have some helpful staff members to help you find  a particular product.
Where to find it: 53-56 Jalan Tun Abdul Aziz, 43000 Kajang, Selangor. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm.

Cendol Jalan Mendaling

The Cendol Jalan Mendaling stall is Kajang town’s best-kept secret, going back to 30 years ago when it was just a humble roadside stall. Today, the basic RM2 cendol is a crowd favourite in the area, so much so that it’s uncommon to see the stall not full. Although served in small portions, the cendol strikes the perfect balance between coconut milk and gula Melaka, complete with generous amounts of red beans and cendol strands. The stall has since expanded their menu with the addition of rojak, mee goreng, Maggi goreng, and air batu campur (ABC).

Fun fact: the stall is nicknamed cendol tokong (temple cendol) by locals as it’s located within the outdoor premises of Shen Sze She Yar Temple. The 147-year-old temple, located next to Sungai Chua, has a colourful legacy as it’s linked to the historical Sin Sze Si Ya Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

Where to find it: Jalan Mendaling, Bandar Kajang, 43000 Kajang, Selangor. Open Mon-Sun, 10am-5.30pm. Closed every second Friday of the month.

Laman Grill Steak and Bar-B-Que
Fine dining may not be a word you associate with Kajang but Chef Zubir Zain of MasterChef Malaysia fame could change your mind. Opened in 2013, this restaurant lends a touch of class with its romantic ambience, courteous servers and immaculately plated dishes. With a team of professional chefs, Chef Zubir has created a delectable but reasonably priced menu that comprises dishes such as chicken roulade, grilled Norwegian salmon and succulent steaks made with beef flown in from Australia. The restaurant’s secluded location doesn’t stop customers from pouring in at dinnertime.

Where to find it: 38G Jalan Putra 2, Taman Putra Kajang, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (03 8741 7385). Open Mon-Sun 10am-11pm.

Kak Su Nasi Kerabu Narak
A little off the beaten track, this restaurant may be a little harder to find but an absolute gem if you’re craving authentic Kelantanese dishes for breakfast or even lunch. Kak Su Nasi Kerabu Narak is a popular spot among locals, serving morning meals such as nasi lemak kukus burung puyuh (steamed nasi lemak with quail), nasi kerabu daging bakar (nasi kerabu with grilled beef) and laksam from as early as the wee hours of 6.15am every day.

Meanwhile, Kak Su’s lunch spread features kampung delicacies such as gulai itik and fried ayam kampung to keep you satisfied. If you miss out on the nasi kerabu (it’s only served during breakfast), you can book your meal beforehand for the next day.
Where to find it: 40 Jalan Cheras, Kampung Sungai Sekamat, 43000 Kajang, Selangor (016 275 2070). Open Sat-Thu, 6.15am-3pm; Fri 6.15am-12.30pm.  

By Nor Atikah Abdul Wahid
Laman Grill photo courtesy of the restaurant

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