The first thing that I crave after recovering from the long fever was an Arabic dish: Mandy chicken rice.
Mandy rice is originally a traditional dish in Yemen and is now very popular in the rest of the Arabian Peninsula and in many other Arab countries such as Egypt and Syria.
Mandy is usually made from meat, usually lamb or chicken, basmati rice, and a mixture of spices. The meat used is usually a young and small sized lamb to enhance the taste further. The main thing which differentiates Mandy and the briyani from India is that the meat is cooked in the tandoor which is a special kind of oven.
Tandoor usually is a hole dug in the ground and covered inside by clay. To cook mandy, dry wood is placed in the tandoor and burned to generate a lot of heat turning into charcoal. Then the meat is suspended inside the tandoor without touching the charcoal. After that, the whole tandoor is closed without letting any of the smoke to go outside.
Mandy is considered as the main dish served in special events such as wedding banquets and feasts.
And so, feeling like I’m up to a feast, I dragged my husband to our regular Arabian restaurant, Wadi al-Nile to satiate my cravings for Mandy chicken rice.
I was really pleased that their budget meal is still available. The meal cost us Rm9.90 and it comes with a bowl of potato stew, chilli dip and a glass of either syrup drink or ice lemon tea.
The portion was really big, as usual.
And it comes with a quarter chicken and was more than enough for the two of us to share.
This budget meal also come with a bowl of sourish potato stew which is absolutely heavenly. I just love these stew and the chicken soup from Wadi al-Nile. They’re absolutely heavenly. I had their ABC chicken soup once back then during Ramadan with Smallkucing and his family and I practically wished that I did not stop at the second bowl. (Hmm, next visit I’ll be sure to order that. LOL)
The chilli dip goes really well with the Mandy rice. Highly appetizing.
Not bad for Rm9.90, don’t you think? With that much of money, you get a big portion of flavoured rice along with stew, chilli dip and a glass of iced drink.
Wanna give this a try? Here’s the address for the restaurant:
Wadi AL-Nile Restaurant, No 72-0, Block J, Platinum Walk, No. 2, Jalan Langkawi, 53300 Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Tel : 03-41312356.
Â Cleffairy:Â This is not a paid food review or an invited food review, but I highly recommend this restaurant to those who loves exotic Arabic food. The food from this restaurant is really good and the owner of this restaurant is also very friendly. Good food, good service, and good price. I can ask for nothing more. 😀