It goes without saying that nasi lemak ranks among (most) locals’ top comfort food. You can enjoy it during breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper. Beyond its aromatic santan (coconut milk)-infused rice and spicy sambal alongside a hard-boiled egg, peanuts and anchovies, nasi lemak can be paired with other side dishes like fried chicken or sambal sotong. So, the next time you are craving for some nasi lemak goodness, check out these recommended Top 10 Nasi Lemak Restaurants in KL & Selangor!
1) Nasi Lemak Mek Sambal Warisan
Fluffy and rich coconut milk-infused rice, savoury halved half-boiled egg, crunchy toasted peanuts and fried anchovies (ikan bilis) — Nasi Lemak Mek Sambal Warisan certainly knows a thing or two about making a good nasi lemak. But the real deal lies in their sambal, which is neither too spicy nor too sweet — just nice enough to complement well with the rice and the rest of the ingredients. Best paired with their ayam goreng berempah (spiced fried chicken), sambal sotong or ayam rendang. You can locate them at Dagang Avenue and Taman Wangsa Melawati. Alternatively, you can place your order from them via WhatsApp.
2) Nasi Lemak Saleha – Pusat Perindustrian Sri Rampai
Owner Kak Saleha, who owns two namesake branches in Kampung Pandan and Sri Rampai, has been making nasi lemak bungkus for decades. She knows how to put together a packet of nasi lemak well, starting with the fragrant coconut rice wrapped in a banana leaf. In it, you’ll get all the usual suspects — a hard-boiled egg, toasted peanuts, crispy anchovies and sliced cucumbers. Then, there’s the sambal — something that Nasi Lemak Saleha truly excels at. Her plain nasi lemak is good enough on its own but if possible, do try some of her delectable add-ons like ayam goreng berempah, rendang daging or rendang ayam.
3) Nasi Lemak Medan Selera 223 (PJ, Selangor)
The Medan Selera 223 is no stranger to PJ folks, with two nasi lemak stalls (one that is marked in red and the other blue) worthy of a mention here. Both stalls are known for their nasi lemak bungkus — all wrapped in aromatic coconut rice, spicy-sweet sambal and the usual ingredients. For a more fulfilling meal, do consider to add on other dishes like spiced fried chicken, fried egg or sambal fish.
4) Nasi Lemak Royale ‘Kedah’ – Ampang
Ever tried a nasi lemak where the rice happens to be yellow in colour? That’s the Kedah speciality, where the famous Nasi Lemak Royale can be found in Alor Setar. Fortunately, those who live in the Klang Valley area don’t have to travel over four hundred kilometres up north just to enjoy it. They have an outlet right here in Ampang’s Taman Putra Sulaiman. Back to their rice, the bright yellow colour actually comes from the mix of clarified butter, better known as ghee. This gives the rice a buttery aroma and looks appetising too! Their nasi lemak is typically served in nasi kandar style, meaning it’s all loaded with mixed curries and gravies and assorted add-ons like fried chicken, boiled okra (lady’s finger) or daging masak hitam.
5) Nasi Lemak Wanjo Kampung Baru
For decades or more specifically since 1963, Nasi Lemak Wanjo has been a Kampung Baru mainstay for its famous nasi lemak varieties. Here, you can have it all day long no matter for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper. Their nasi lemak has that nice balance of fluffiness and the fragrant smell of coconut rice, coupled with the appetising sambal. For the latter, Nasi Lemak Wanjo’s version of sambal combines a subtle hint of both spiciness and sweetness without overpowering each other. Remember to pair it with some of their side dishes such as fried chicken, beef rendang or sambal sotong.
6) Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock
This Oasis Ara Damansara-based kopitiam-style cafe generally consists of local favourites like mee goreng, roti bakar and of course, the good old nasi lemak. The latter comes highly recommended, where you can have it plain or paired with their flavourful spiced fried chicken. Their sambal packs enough spices while the combination of coconut rice and other essential ingredients round up this comfort dish just nice. Don’t forget to wash it down with a cup of foamy teh tarik or ice-cold milk tea.
7) Chef Fauzey Nasi Lemak Goreng
With (most) Malaysians generally loving fried food, Chef Fauzey came up with his own version of the traditional nasi lemak. And that is having the coconut rice fried together with a homemade sambal sauce. This gives the fried rice a flavourful boost and a spicy kick. And on top of it all, Chef Fauzey’s nasi lemak goreng pairs well with the double-fried chicken and a splash of spicy sambal. But if you prefer to stick to the original, you can always opt for the Nasi Lemak Kukus instead.
8) Village Park Restaurant
Mention the word “nasi lemak” and don’t be surprised if Village Park (or full name, Village Park Restaurant) pops up as a top favourite spot! Located at bustling Damansara Uptown, the restaurant is usually packed to the brim regardless of weekdays or weekends. And frankly, it’s easy to see why: the savoury coconut rice goes well with the spicy-sweet sambal. And of course, the heart of their dish — Village Park’s famous fried chicken. It’s practically a must-have, with flavourful and moist chicken meat on the inside and crispy skin on the outside.
9) Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa – Kampung Baru
Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa has been around since the 70s, serving its famous nasi lemak either plain (Nasi Lemak Kosong) or with a hard-boiled egg (Nasi Lemak Telur Rebus). The sambal leans more towards the sweeter side with the level of spiciness that isn’t overwhelming. Still, you can always top your nasi lemak with some of their spicy side dishes like ayam rendang, ayam masak merah or sambal sotong. You can locate their outlets in Kampung Baru, Rawang and Glomac PJ, with the latter only available for delivery and takeaway.
10) Nasi Lemak Bumbung
Unlike most stalls and restaurants serving nasi lemak from the morning, Nasi Lemak Bumbung caters for the dinner and supper crowds. Stretching along the entire back alley of PJ’s Sea Park, they serve their popular nasi lemak with a sunny-side-up egg (you can opt for a fried egg too), spicy-sweet sambal and fried chicken. The latter has a unique hint of aroma, thanks to the marination of assorted Indian spices upon frying the chicken.
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.