Lontong & Such is a small, bright one-year-old stall which seems to provide a larger-than-life spark to an otherwise listless Wawasan Selera foodcourt in suburban Kelana Jaya. Last Sunday whilst I was there, I couldn’t help noticing a steady stream of mainly Malay-Muslim clientele, most of whom are regulars, going there for their Sunday morning breakfast. Oddly, although Lontong & Such, as its name suggests, specialises in lontong, the Javanese dish of compressed rice-cakes served with a lightly-spiced, cocout-rich vegetable curry (sayur lodeh), this stall’s bestseller happened to be its English Big Breakfast (?!). Yup, sausages, eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes & toast - the woiks, but all of which are guaranteed halal, which was what its customers were looking for. And all for only an incredible MYR8 or £1.50.
But, as I am not about to come to a lontong stall in the middle of Kuala Lumpur for an English big breakfast, I stuck to having its lontong.
Lontong & Such’s stallowner and cook is the affable 50-year-old Azlan Aziz, a former London-based wedding planner-turned-cook. His wife, Nor Azizah aka Azie, studied in London and also helps in running the stall, although she wasn’t around during our visit last Sunday.
Azlan’s lontong was more-ish: we chose the Lontong Power option, which was something like a “lontong big breakfast”: it comes with all 3 side-dishes of spiced, fried paru (cow’s lung), turmeric-marinated and fried chicken breast, and sotong (fresh cuttlefish, cooked in a spicy, chili sambal sauce).
Azlan’s lontong is typical of Malaysia’s: its vegetable-tofu curry is more liquid than the thick, creamy Singapore-Malay version I’m more used to. But Azlan’s rendition is chockful of goodies: tempeh cubes, long beans, carrots, cabbage, glass noodles and tofu, garnished with half a hard-boiled egg, and sprinkled with serondeng kelapa (spiced, grated coconut).
We were also curious about its other offerings and ordered its __ Nasi Lemak Telur Goyang__ (MYR5) - very fragrant, pandan-scented nasi lemak, served with sambal, groundnuts, cucumber and topped with a sunny-side-up fried egg.
Another item on its menu is the Roti Jawa, a thick slice of toast topped with either kaya (sweet egg custard) or fried eggs topped with sauteed mushrooms, baked beans and cherry tomatoes (also only MYR5).
Overall, a delightful stall offering good quality food at very reasonable prices.
Lontong & Such
Lot No. 21, Wawasan Selera
Jalan SS3/33, Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: 7.30am-2.30pm daily, except Fridays