In light of the developments regarding the Coronavirus here and around the world there was great uncertainty in early March 2020. The last Enak! lunch before the MCO (Movement Control Order) throughout Malaysia was on Thursday 12th March.
I must say that it felt good to drive out to Bukit Damansara and enjoy a delicious selection of classic heritage Malay food together with a group of Enak! foodies. Some favourites from the menu were - Laksa Johor, Nasi Kahwin, Nasi Lemak with Rendang Daging, Laksa Sarawak, Asam Pedas Ikan Jenahak and Sambal Udang. Chef Siti Li and manager Shareen were delightful and were happy to share information re the food and their restaurant.
The Siti Li Story
The yearning to properly represent Malay cuisine is what led to the birth of Siti Li. Founders Siti Kader and Shareen Ramil, who entered each other's lives when Shareen's father married Siti, bonded over their memories of their mothers' cooking. Shareen insisted that Siti's knowledge of Malay Culture and cooking had to be shared.
Since opening there, Siti Li Dining has earned a reputation as one of the most authentic Malay dining destinations in Kuala Lumpur. “ Celebrity Chef Wan declared on Instagram that Siti Li’s ‘ nasi lemak’ (coconut milk rice) was cooked the way he would prepare it at home.”
Siti shared, "We use Basmathi parboiled rice, which is healthier, for our nasi lemak, We roast our own spices, instead of buying bumbu (pre-made commercial spices). And instead of white sugar, we use the more expensive gula melaka (palm sugar) in our sambal Ikan biis (anchovy chili paste) because it gives a smokier, more intense flavour...Certain ingredients need to be specially sourced."
Siti adds “My mum taught me that with the right ingredients, you can make magic…”
Address:- Siti Li Dining
15, Jalan Setiakasih 5, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur