Pumbaa’s has garnered attention on various social media platforms recently due to the controversy surrounding PRESMA’s objection to the association of pork with Nasi Kandar. Despite the discussion surrounding this matter, my primary focus lay on the culinary aspect. With positive recommendations regarding the delectable taste of their offerings, I made the decision to experience it for myself during lunch.
Pumbaa’s Nasi Lemak & Nasi Kandar is one of several stalls located within Good Old Days Restaurant and Bar in Damansara Jaya, PJ. Thanks to its close proximity to Atria Mall, one can park at the mall carpark and walk over.
The restaurant itself had a modern feel, thanks to its wooden interior and also inviting. It has both indoor and outdoor seating. There were several stalls operating in this restaurant and Pumbaa’s is one of them.
We reached Pumbaa’s at 12.50 pm and at that time, majority of the items had already been sold out or were nearing it. Therefore, if you desire a wider selection, it is advisable to visit early. Thankfully, a sufficient quantity of pork remained available, which was fortunate for me.
Pork Nasi Lemak, RM 16 + Chicken Nasi Kandar, RM 15 + Ice Kacang, RM 5.80
The Pork Nasi Lemak was delectable. Thanks to the Pork Varuval, a simple Nasi Lemak was elevated to new heights. The meat was tender and, above all, bursting with flavor. I noticed numerous customers opting to take away just the pork on its own, and now I understand why. It serves as a perfect accompaniment to any dish. Although the rice was not the traditional “lemak” version, it complemented the tasty meat and the mildly spicy sambal incredibly well. Combined with the anchovies, peanuts, and cucumber, this dish was a delight. ** No eggs included as it was sold out by the time of our arrival.
The Chicken Nasi Kandar was also delightful. It consisted of rice, Chicken Masala, and taugeh. The Chicken Masala was yummy, leaving us licking our fingers in delight. We were fortunate enough to get the last piece of chicken, which happened to be quite generous in size. The rich and flavorful gravy was truly delectable. However, I personally would not call this Nasi Kandar, as it more closely resembled “mix rice” or “nasi campur” to me. The absence of a variety of gravies and the limited selection of customary Nasi Kandar dishes were noticeable. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that this is a stall and it may not have the means to offer an extensive range of dishes.
The Ice Kacang was from the drink section of the restaurant and it was truly bad. They do not know how to make it. If I am not mistaken, the coconut milk was diluted with water, resulting in a peculiar taste. No amount of sugar syrup was able to improve its flavor. It was truly disappointing and a waste of money.
As I enjoyed the Pork Varuval and Chicken Rendang, I would not hesitate to return to Pumbaa’s for another visit. Furthermore, since there were other stalls and dishes available, I eagerly anticipate trying them as well.
Address:2, Jalan SS 22/21, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya (inside Good Old Days Restaurant)
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 7.30 am to 4 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao.