Even the name "Nasi Katok" is straightforward; "Nasi" means "rice" and "katok" is the Malay word for "knock," such as knocking on a door. Nasi Katok originated decades ago, when 24-food stalls were unheard of and the only way to score a meal after hours would be to knock on the door of a food vendor and get him out of bed to drowsily throw something hot, comforting, and filling together in a to-go package.
Each $1 serving of Nasi Katok thus appears as a wrapped parcel with a plastic spoon to aid in the licking up of all that tasty sambal.
The taste: The white rice is white rice, but that sambal sauce takes it the level of food to crave. The flavor is both tangy and spicy, but not too spicy. You won't be sweating from the spice, but a swig of cola wouldn't hurt. The fried chicken is greasy and savory, the ideal addition for a fast food lunch of comfort food. Pick a big piece for maximum meat if you're really hungry; it's all $1 unless you ask for more than one piece of chicken.
The price: $1 Brunei Dollar. Yes, really.
Where to find it: You'll want to head to Nasi Katok Mama's central kiosk on Jalan Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, near the intersection with Jalan Pemancha. In Brunei's other towns and in the market, keep your eyes open for similar Nasi Katok packets, but Nasi Katok Mama is most well known.
We flew to Brunei as a guest of Singapore Airlines, but all other travel, opinions and photographs are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]