Nasi Lemak (Fatty Rice)

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guides / October 23, 2016
Nasi Lemak (Fatty Rice) Image credit: thamkc

The mere fact that it has earned the reputable Malaysia’s National Dish label, Nasi Lemak should be on top of any foodie’s list of must-tries.

As one would unwrap the banana leaf, the aroma of pandan leaves would waft in the air, whetting a hungry tummy’s appetite. Then a mound of fluffy, soft rice deliciously cooked in rich and creamy coconut milk, some side dishes of crispy dried fish, savory meat, cool cucumber bits, crunchy peanuts, and that noteworthy sambal paste will greet you.

A good sambal paste is made of anchovies, onions, chili, garlic, tamarind and lemongrass, which gives that distinct taste to Nasi Lemak. Have a bit of each ingredient in a scoopful and a myriad of flavors and textures would burst in your mouth.

Here are the best places to get your Nasi Lemak in KL.

  • CHONG KOK KOPITIAM
    For delectable Nasi Lemak, breakfast bread and coffee
    What to order: Butter cakes, Kopi, Roti Bakar
    Price range: RM 3 to RM 10 ($0.72 to $2.40)
    When: 07:00 - 18:00 Mon to Sat, 07:00-14:00 Suns
    Where: 5 Jalan Stesen Klang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur
  • 6 2 10 GRILL & NASI LEMAK at Aman Suria
    For delicious Nasi Lemak and Western grilled dishes
    What to order: Nasi Lemak, Pork Sambal, Pork Rendang, Steaks
    Price range: RM 11 to RM 20 ($2.64 to $4.79)
    When: 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 23:00 daily; Closed on Tuesdays
    Where: C-21, Block C, Jalan PJU 1/45, Sunway Mas Commercial Center, Petaling Jaya, Aman Suria, Kuala Lumpur
  • NASI LEMAK PEEL ROAD at Cheras
    For Chinese-style Nasi Lemak and other out-of-this-world variety of dishes
    What to order: Nasi Lemak, Wild boar curry, Curry mutton, Sambal kerang
    Price range: RM 4 to RM 10 ($0.96 to $2.40)
    When: 16:00 - 20:30 daily
    Where: 96, Jalan Peel, Kuala Lumpur, Cheras
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