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 two main components – rice and fried chicken. Its rice is fluffy and rich in coconut flavor while its fried chicken is crispy on the outside at the same time tasty on the inside. This explains why there is always a big crowd at Village Park. Village Park also serves mouthwatering rendang ayam, mutton, sambal udang and more if you prefer other than fried chicken for your side dish.
5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya,, 47400 Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 7:30pm
Sunday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
2) Nasi Lemak Royale 'Kedah'
The Nasi Lemak at Royale ‘Kedah’ is unlike the Nasi Lemak that you see everywhere else. Originated from Kedah, the first thing that grabs your attention at Nasi Lemak Royale Kedah is the bright yellow colour Nasi. Wonder why that colour? That’s actually the result of mixing the rice with ghee. Hence how the ‘lemak’ bit come from i.e. the ghee. Oh wait! Don’t forget to eat the rice with ‘kuah campur pekat’ to constitute the lip-smacking plate of Nasi Lemak Royale.
Jalan Sulaiman 3, Taman Putra Sulaiman, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.
Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 1:00am
3) Madam Kwan's
Madam Kwan's signature Nasi Lemak has won many of us over. What we love most about Madam Kwan’s Nasi Lemak is the coconut rice grains with slightly chewy texture and the sweetness of coconut milk. Just heavenly. Founded by Madam Kwan Swee Lian (an enthusiastic foodie), Madam Kwan’s today 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.
Bangsar Shopping Center. Suria KLCC. Mid Valley. Pavilion. Empire Subang. Alamanda Putrajaya. One Utama, Sunway Pyramid
Monday – Sunday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
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. Let alone its light and aromatic fluffy rice, people usually come here for its Sambal Sotong and Paru Goreng. Topped with its unique sambal sauce which is slowly cooked to perfection, we can understand why it is one of the most popular Nasi Lemak in town.
4 Jalan Raja Muda Musa Kg Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
Monday – Sunday: 5:00pm - 1:00pm (the next day)
5) Nasi Lemak Kampung Pandan
It's been more than 35 solid years since Nasi Lemak Kampung Pandan started selling Nasi Lemak. And that is not surprising at all. Besides the flavorsome rice that people come here for, the secret of success of Nasi Lemak Kampung Pandan lies in the sambal sauce 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.
No 21, Pusat Penjaja DBKL, Jln Wirawati, Taman Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tuesday - Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm
6) Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock
Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock is a local kopitiam started by the 3 most basic friends from writing your ‘karangan’ in school back in the days. Serving Malaysian dishes and favorite Malaysian drinks, Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah of Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock is one of the favorites 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. Sounds like a place where you can lepak all day and berborak with your friends while enjoying the best of Malaysian Dishes.
Lot B-G-01, Ground Floor, Block B, Oasis Ara Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Petaling Jaya.
Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
7) Nasi Lemak Saleha
Along with their HQ in Kampong Pandan, Nasi Lemak Saleha is also available in 8 other locations! This seemingly simple dish has been turned into industry. With such success and so strong a base, you can be sure this simple dish will still taste amazing. Check them out at the many locations around town!
HQ: No. 11, Jalan Pandan Kemajuan A., 55100 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur.
Also available at: Al-Ekhsan Restaurant (Bandar Tasik Permaisuri), Nana Cafe Restaurant(Bandar Tasik Permaisuri), Al- Ekhsan Restaurant (Setapak), Al- Ekhsan Restaurant (Pandan Indah), Petronas Station (Taman Dagang), Kedai Koperasi (Pusrawi Hospital), Seri Nilam (Bandar Baru Ampang), Pudu Market.
Monday – Sunday: 6:00am – 12:00am
8) Warung Rindu Nasi Lemak Panas
Founded in 1997, Warung Rindu is located near the Pantai Dalam KTM station. Their 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!
HQ: Jalan Kubur Off Pantai Dalam, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Monday – Sunday: 5:00pm – 2:00am
9) My Mum's Kitchen
Located in Damansara, My Mum’s Kitchen serves the healthy versions of Malaysian cuisine. The most popular of their range is of course their Nasi Lemak. The restaurant goes with their name, ensuring customers be treated like their own children, serving them the best, just like a mother would. So here, you can get delicious, healthy and great service all in one place!
40, SS21/39, 47400 Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
Monday – Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm
10) Brilliant Nasi Lemak House (Non-halal)
Brilliant Nasi Lemak House has an astonishing 4 outlets across Klang Valley. It started as a family love, making and researching for better Nasi Lemak. Today it has turned into a successful business. Their mission is to provide food of quality, reasonable price and good service. Quality is definitely a top priority as ingredients are freshly ordered from Selayang Pasar every other day. Experience this homely Nasi Lemak!
Kepong, Puchong, Kuchai Lama, PJ Uptown
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 9:00pm (PJ Uptown: 9:00am – 9:00pm)
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
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