If there is one dish that represents Malaysia, it would be Nasi Lemak. A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, served with sambal, fried anchovies, fried peanut, sliced cucumber and hard-boiled egg. A local favourite so irresistible that we Malaysians eat it all the time for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even supper. Want to know where to get your Nasi-Lemak-Fix? Here’s a list of 10 places to go to satisfy your cravings.
1) Village Park Restaurant
Serving one of the best nasi lemak ayam goreng in town, Village Park’s nasi lemak excels in its two main components—rice and fried chicken. Its rice is fluffy and rich in coconut flavour while its fried chicken is crispy on the outside, and tasty on the inside. This explains why there is always a big crowd at Village Park. Village Park also serves mouth-watering rendang ayam, mutton, sambal udang, and more.
2) Nasi Lemak Royale ‘Kedah’
The nasi lemak at Royale ‘Kedah’ is unlike the nasi lemak that you see everywhere else. Originating from Kedah, the first thing that would grab your attention at Nasi Lemak Royale Kedah is the bright yellow coloured nasi. That odd colour is actually the result of mixing the rice with ghee. To fully enjoy the dish, you should eat the rice with kuah campur pekat.
3) Madam Kwan’s
Madam Kwan’s signature nasi lemak has won many of us over. What is most loved about Madam Kwan’s nasi lemak is the coconut rice grains with a slightly chewy texture and the sweetness of coconut milk. Founded by Madam Kwan Swee Lian, an enthusiastic foodie, Madam Kwan’s serves more than just nasi lemak. There other uniquely Malaysian dishes from nasi bojari to Hokkien mee for everyone to savour. At Madam Kwan’s, it is about experiencing truly Malaysian cuisine.
4) Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa
Founded by Puan Normi Tandoh, Antarabangsa’s nasi lemak reminds us of kampung style nasi lemak with some Malay-style classic side dishes such as ayam rendang, paru goreng, beef rendang, ayam masak merah, sambal sotong, and many more. Other than their light and aromatic fluffy rice, people usually come here for their sambal sotong and paru goreng. Topped with their unique sambal sauce which is slowly cooked to perfection, we can understand why it is one of the most popular nasi lemaks in town.
5) Nasi Lemak Kampung Pandan
It’s been more than 35 solid years since Nasi Lemak Kampung Pandan started selling nasi lemak. Besides the flavoursome rice that people come here for, the secret of Nasi Lemak Kampung Pandan’s success lies in the sambal sauce that’s created by the founder, Puan Zahidah. According to her, the game changer is the shaved coconut she uses to blend into the sambal. People also come here for other delicacies such as lontong, kuih bom, and curry puff.
6) Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock
Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock is a local kopitiam started by the 3 good friends. Serving Malaysian dishes and favourite Malaysian drinks, the nasi lemak ayam berempah of Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock is one of the favourites among patrons. Some of the compliments on Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock’s nasi lemak were about the aromatic rice and scrumptious chicken that is finger-licking good.
7) Nasi Lemak Saleha
Other than their HQ in Kampong Pandan, Nasi Lemak Saleha is also available in 8 other locations. Their seemingly simple dish has gained a strong reputation. With such a strong and loyal customer base, you can be sure that this simple dish will taste amazing.
8) Warung Rindu Nasi Lemak Panas
Founded in 1997, Warung Rindu’s signature nasi lemak panas rindu needs no additional description. Their saccharine-piquant sambal ikan bilis and fluffy steamed rice make this a winner. With over 18 years of existence, this is the place to taste a well proven recipe.
9) My Mum’s Kitchen
Located in Damansara, My Mum’s Kitchen serves healthy versions of Malaysian cuisine. The most popular of their range is of course their nasi lemak. The restaurant ensures that they serve their customers only the best, just like how a mother would. So here you can get delicious and healthy food with great service, all in one place.
10) Brilliant Nasi Lemak House (non-halal)
Founder of Brilliant Nasi Lemak House, Isaac says that his family are fans of nasi lemak. His mother and aunts will gather to share recipes and constantly improve the various flavours of their nasi lemak. Today it has turned into a successful business. Their mission is to provide food that is of quality, at a reasonable price and with good service. Quality is definitely a top priority as ingredients are freshly ordered from Selayang Pasar every other day.