Traditional kampung flavours are in vogue at Kesom, a stylish cafe that showcases rice-heavy recipes beloved in the northeastern Malaysian states of Kelantan & Terengganu.

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Hidden below the Blook fashion retailer on an Aman Suria shop-house row, Kesom is pretty peaceful on weekdays; certainly worth the search, this is one place with the potential to slowly but surely pull curious customers & cultivate a loyal following.

Nasi Kerabu with Gulai Ayam Kawah

Kesom’s Nasi Kerabu (RM10.90) meets the mark, tastily built with blue-tinged basmati rice, partnered with the prerequisite pickles, ulam, fish crackers, salted duck egg & sambal belacan …

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… plus a sizeable serving of gulai ayam kawah. Fully satisfactory, both in flavour & pricing.

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Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang (RM10.90), delicious brown rice steamed with coconut milk & herbs, served with fried chicken & hard-boiled egg.

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Nasi Kukus with Gulai Ikan Raja Berangkat

Nasi Kukus (RM8.90), substantially more filling than anticipated, topped with salted fish & local veggies …

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… plus a regal-sounding Gulai Ikan Raja Berangkat, ideal of fans of fish curries.

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Apa Pun Ada

Kesom’s signature beverage is named ‘Apa Pun Ada’ (RM2.50), a tangy tea with serai, pandan, asam boi & mint.

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Snacks & Desserts

Plenty of goodies are available for takeaway too (or munch on these nuts & crackers here while the cafe’s speakers play a slightly incongruous soundtrack that leapfrogs from Al Green to Ellie Goulding).

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Specials are sometimes available at Kesom; think laksa kelantan, khao jam, udang masak lemak pucuk pakis, ikan kembong masak assam, sambal paru, ayam masak merah, bubur kacang hijau, pengat pisang with pulut, bubur cha cha & onde-onde.

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It’s worth noting: For recipes filled with carbs & curries, Kesom’s offerings taste wholesome _ a testament to their execution.

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Location and Contact Details

Kesom Cafe PJ

46 Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm (closed Sunday).

Tel: 03-7880-7022

View Kesom Cafe’s directory page here.

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