It is not easy being Green

Rumah Hijau Nasi Lemak

Rumah Hijau Nasi Lemak

The muppets are back! For those of you stuck under a coconut shell, muppets are a group of puppets created by the great Jim Henson or his world famous workshop, The Jim Henson Company. In 2004, The Walt Disney Company bought over the rights for the Muppets and now they are making a new movie! About bloody time.

Why do I like the muppets? It must have been the amount of Sesame Street that I watch as a kid. And of course, I still have a place in my heart for Kermit the Frog. Ever seen Kermit in CK err.. no make that KC (Kermit Clein) ? He has a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was a huge star. Popular with the masses but of course having that much fame is not easy, as you can tell from the video below it is not easy being green.

Kermit being green would have loved to be at the Rumah Hijau Café (Green House Cafe) having his lunch. This is a Malay restaurant situated in a row of terrace houses. I think it started off with 2 units but now has expanded to 3.  The restaurant opens 8am to 5pm all days except on Fridays.


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So what would have Kermit have at this restaurant? Being a Malay restaurant, trying the nasi lemak here would be a good start. The nasi lemak here is served with the usual sambal, ikan bilis, salted fish, peanuts, a couple of slices of cucumber, half an egg and a few pieces of deep fried chicken.

Let’s start off with the good points. The rice itself is very fragrant, the aroma can really get your appetite going. It is not just the aroma, the rice itself is does not lose out on the taste department. You can really taste the coconut milk in the rice while not being overly rich. It is not overcooked and still keeps a nice texture. Overall the rice is very good but while it makes for a solid foundation, a good nasi lemak is more than just the rice.

The ikan bilis, salted fish, peanuts and egg are done well enough. Nothing to complain there but the chicken is a bit too dry. A little bit more chicken wouldn’t go amiss as well. But this is still a small matter. The real crux of this dish is in the sambal and to me this is where they got it wrong. Maybe, like Kermit in Sesame Street, they toned it down a bit for the kids but the sambal lacks oomph. It is too sweet and not spicy at all. It would have been nice to have an edgier sambal with kick, like Kermit with adult issues like drugs and sex… WTF! On second thoughts maybe not that much but a double entendre or two wouldn’t hurt. I guess it is hard being green.

The following Video is Rated 18SX. Absolutely not for kids. Sesame Street will never be the same again.


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