The Ultimate Nasi Lemak Battle: Part 1

And the showdown begins with the best 5 nasi lemak stalls in Klang Valley.

If we were to pick one dish that represents Malaysia, its safe to say the humble nasi lemak would be the answer. A simple every day meal that’s easily found everywhere across the country, the recipe for this signature dish has been improvised over the years to suit different taste buds. Although there are so many variations in all sorts of styles out there, the original features of the nasi lemak are preserved at their best to maintain the dish’s originality such as the coconut-steamed rice, fried anchovies, nuts, cucumber, boiled egg, and of course, the chilli paste gravy or locally known as sambal.

In closing out 2018, we thought why not end the year with a bang by pitting popular nasi lemak eateries and varieties against each other to find out which version of the nasi lemak comes out victorious based on your votes.

This week, we would like to kick-start the battle with nasi lemak sold in stalls around Klang Valley.

Nasi Lemak Kukus Ziemel Corner

Nasi Lemak Kukus Ziemel Corner is probably the most underrated nasi lemak in the town. Located along Jalan Wangsa Melawati 2, searching for this humble stall is not that hard. Just look for a stall under a big tree with a long queue and you know you’re at the right place.

Apart from the steaming hot nasi lemak served with spicy and semi-sweet sambal, the warung is known for its freshly-fried ayam kampung which runs out so fast that they have to continuously fry a new batch. If you plan to have nasi lemak for breakfast here, it would be a wise decision to go as early as possible or you have might have to queue up for your turn. The nasi lemak usually runs out by 11 o’clock in the morning.

Nasi Lemak Kukus Ziemel Corner
Taman Wangsa Melawati,
53300 Kuala Lumpur.

Nasi Lemak Panas Suri

When you head to Medan Selera Jaya 223 in Petaling Jaya, you will be torn between these two nasi lemak stalls: Nasi Lemak Panas Suri and Nasi Lemak Panas Yatie. Otherwise known as Blue Stall, Nasi Lemak Panas Suri is the second stall on your left from the entrance. As usual, there are a lot of side dishes available to go with the basic nasi lemak. If you want to eat your Suri nasi lemak the classic way, piles of blue-print nasi lemak packed the traditional conical way are placed on every table at the food court and you can simply pay at any of the nearest stall.

Taste-wise, the sambal is spicier and the coconut fragrance on the rice is stronger than that of Nasi Lemak Panas Yatie which, personally, I liked it to be that way.

Gerai Nasi Lemak Suri
34, Selera Jaya 223,
Jalan 51a/223,
Seksyen 51a,
46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Nasi Lemak Panas Yatie

Otherwise known as Red Stall, Nasi Lemak Panas Yatie is just two stalls away from Nasi Lemak Panas Suri. I tried their red-print packet nasi lemak as opposed to the blue colour of the neighbouring Suri. As I mentioned before, taste-wise, the sambal is sweeter as opposed to the spiciness at the Blue Stall. The coconut fragrance is lighter as well but that doesn’t affect anything, if you ask me. If you want to have your nasi lemak spicier, opt for side dishes which are available 5pm onwards.

Gerai Nasi Lemak Panas Yatie
No. 6, Selera Jaya 223,
Jalan 51a/223, Seksyen 51a,
46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Nasi Lemak Cowboy Mamak

Not known to many, the packet nasi lemak served at Cowboy Mamak is probably one of the best in town. Located along Jalan Kamunting, the nasi lemak usually runs out as early as 10 am. Although it is just basic nasi lemak in a packet, the sambal kicks in with the right balance of spiciness and sweetness that tempts you to have more than just one packet.

Cowboy Mamak
Off Jalan Kamunting,
Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa

Last but not least, Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa is no stranger to nasi lemak devotees. Located along Jalan Raja Muda Musa in Kampung Baru, the business has been operating for about 45 years with a few other branches available in Ampang Point, Kota Damansara, Taman Melati, and many more.

You can either choose to have their basic nasi lemak or opt to add side dishes such as rendang daging, ayam masak merah, sambal sotong, sambal kerang, ayam goreng berempah, and many more. Taste-wise, the sambal served here is sweeter as opposed to the classic spicy one. If you prefer spicier sambal, you should opt for sambal sotong.

Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa is said to be legendary and the best in town. Oh well, if you ask me, it wasn’t that special, but I’ll leave it to your judgement.

Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa
4, Jalan Raja Muda Musa,
Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

So, in your opinion, which one is the best ? Don’t forget to vote for your favourite nasi lemak on our Facebook page here!

Basir Zainuddin

Basir Zainuddin

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