Cyberjaya, located between Kuala Lumpur City Center and the airport is striving to be the Silicon Valley of Malaysia. With the area rapidly expanding alongside the twin sister city, Putrajaya (the administrative capital of [easyazon_link identifier=”1465440054″ locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]Malaysia[/easyazon_link]), more and more people are heading to live, work, and explore this planned city.
As a result, new restaurants have been opening nearby to satisfy demand. One of these restaurants offering a lunch buffet is Nasi Kandar D’Tas Maju.
Location: Jalan Teknokrat 6, Cyber 5, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Menu: There was no menu to be found and the amount we paid did seem to vary (there’s no need to wait before digging into your meal).
My Favorite Dishes:
- The vadas are in limited supply. Originating from[easyazon_link identifier=”8174369201″ locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]southern India[/easyazon_link], a vada is a donut made from ground lentils with a variety of herbs. I’ve tasted a lot of vada having had them daily living in Ipoh. These vadas are one notch above average with no shortage of herbs plonked in.
- Getting fresh salad in and around [easyazon_link identifier=”1786571196″ locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]Southeast Asia[/easyazon_link] isn’t always easy since Malaysian love their fried foods. The salad here is simple, but yummy, with red onion, cucumber, carrot and usually pineapple.
Thoughts: I got to know this restaurant while cat sitting for friends across the road. The first day we went for lunch around 12:30 and the place was swamped. 12 pm is a normal time for lunch so the nearby workers start flooding in soon after.Approaching the restaurant you’re met with a stack of plates and an employee in a red shirt and cap ready to serve up white rice. When you get a plate, you’ll need to let them know if you don’t want rice, otherwise, they’ll do it for you without asking.
When you take a seat, a staff member will soon come past with a pen and pad to eyeball your meal before writing down how much you need to pay and slipping the receipt under your plate.
Next up, for meat eaters, you need to choose your meat, I’m told that the chicken drumsticks are really good. There are a few other meat dishes available, as well as curries, but I personally went straight to the vegetarian options. You’ll likely find tofu, okra, leafy greens, salad, noodles, potato, eggplant, bitter melon, and cauliflower, most of which are in fried dishes.
The options are more or less the same each day with around 10 options. If you want the best bits, you’ll want to go before midday when the lunch rush starts.
The restaurant is also open for breakfast and dinner, but I’ve only eaten there for the lunch buffet.
Price Range: This pricing system is a fairly standard process in Asia with variables from different employees eyeballing, portion sizes and dishes ordered. You could query the price if you really wanted but there’s no need when you.
From what we gathered, white, rice is three ringgit, piece of chicken four, one spoon of vegetables one, two spoons two ringgit, etc.
The least I paid was 4.80 RM for four separate vegetable dishes and on the other end, I paid 9 RM for rice, four varieties of vegetables and a vada. That’s a range of about $1.15-2.15, depending on the exchange rate. The meat dishes my friends got were always slightly more.
Most drinks you’ll find in Malaysia are available (think tea tarik, ice lemon tea, teh O, coffee with milk) for 0.50 RM to 2 RM (15-50 cents).
Additional Info: If you haven’t been to Malaysia, the open buffet tray might scream food poisoning to you. This restaurant is new, almost like a roadside cafe you find in the states, and Cyberjaya is an innovative city so the food regulations would be stricter than most of Southeast Asia. If you want to play it safe, the earlier you get there for lunch the better as the food won’t have been out for so long. Another way to decrease the chances of food poisoning is to avoid meat, however, I am confident in this place due to the turnover of customers ensuring the food isn’t exposed for long.
When people get up to leave, the staff take the plates right away, you won’t be sitting in filth. They also have a basin with soap on the way out so you can wash your hands if you follow the local lead and eat with your hands.
Hours: Monday – Friday 7 am to 9:30 pm; Saturday – Sunday 7 am to 7 pm.
Author Bio: Hailing from New Zealand, Jub has been exploring the world since 2013 with no intentions of stopping. He finds himself in Malaysia regularly where he enjoys finding awesome new places like Ipoh and Cyberjaya. While he doesn’t consider himself a foodie, he knows what a good (healthy and value wise) meal is when he sees one 🙂
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