The Ultimate Nasi Lemak Battle: Part 2

The showdown continues with the second batch of best 5 nasi lemak stalls in Klang Valley.

As 2018 comes to a close, we’ve chosen to end the year with the food that unites all Malaysians: nasi lemak. The first week of the Ultimate Nasi Lemak Battle witnessed some strong contenders who went up against each other to get the title of the week. Of course, the truth is, this is a battle without any loser. We’re all winners here for being able to feast on this marvelous delicacy any time of the day.

Without further ado, here are the 5 nasi lemak stalls battling it out in Week 2 of the Ultimate Nasi Lemak Battle.

Village Park Restaurant

It would be blasphemous to come up with a list of nasi lemak joints without including or even mentioning the coconut rice institution that is Village Park Restaurant. Located in crowded Uptown Damansara, the restaurant’s signature nasi lemak has earned various accolades, including winning the Time Out KL Food Awards 2014 and being voted to have the Best Ayam Goreng by Blogger’s Choice in 2011. Started by a Chinese-Muslim husband and wife duo, the nasi lemak here is revered for the delicious fried chicken that goes with the dish than the rice or sambal. Speaking of, the sambal here is not overly spicy or bland, keeping both the spice-lovers and their opposites happy.

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 6.30am – 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 6.30am – 6pm

Nasi Lemak Wanjo

nasi lemak wanjo

nasi lemak wanjo

There are a few options when it comes to nasi lemak in Kampung Baru but Nasi Lemak Wanjo is definitely the most respected, even more than Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa next door (sorry, not sorry). Formerly known as Nasi Lemak Mak Wanjo, this humble eatery has been operating for 55 years since they started as a regular roadside stall. Today Nasi Lemak Wanjo is highly regarded as the best nasi lemak in Kuala Lumpur. Much like most nasi lemak stalls, you will be served a standard plate of santan rice and essential ingredients such as ikan bilis, boiled egg, and cucumber. Lastly, you have the option of proceeding with the side dishes of your choice. Read more about our foodie trip to Kampung Baru here!

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 6.30am – 1am
Closed every day 12pm – 3pm

Nasi Lemak Tanglin

Believe it or not Nasi Lemak Tanglin was featured on Michele Lean’s Food Wars Asia, where it was up for the ‘Best Nasi Lemak in Malaysia’ title against none other than Village Park Restaurant. And surprisingly Tanglin won! The victory speaks to the nasi lemak restaurant’s history dating back to its formation in 1948 and the various types of sambal and rendang recipes that have been perfected. My favourite part of the nasi lemak, though, is the fried chicken with an abundant of curry leaves. Cheekily located right in front of Pusat Kesihatan Tanglin, the eatery serves as a devilish temptation for the patients. The portion here may be smaller in comparison to the other vendors, but what Tanglin lacks in size, it makes up for in flavour.

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 7am – 1pm

Nasi Lemak Peel Road

Boasting over 40 years of history, this non-halal nasi lemak destination features arguably the best wild boar curry and pork rendang in town. Now imagine that with fragrant nasi lemak! The stall also has other dishes a la chap fan and two choices of sambal – spicy and non-spicy.

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Saturday 2.30pm – 8.30pm

nasi lemak peel road
Watercolour painting of Nasi Lemak Peel Road by @briantaihh.

Nasi Lemak Kukus SS2

Perched on the edge of the road alongside various other food stalls is Nasi Lemak Kukus SS2 (Seapark). Diners and foodies who want to ‘bungkus’ flock here from early morning up till right before afternoon, when the stall runs out of its ‘lauk’. Complement a basic wrapping of nasi lemak with all sorts of gravies, from squid sambal to beef cooked with soy sauce. The chicken rendang is the crowd favourite, and the owners prepare a few containers of it to fulfill the large amount of orders. Expect to have a banter with the person preparing the nasi lemak for you as well.

Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 7am – 12pm

Did you miss Part 1 of the Ultimate Nasi Lemak Battle? Check it out here!

*All images by UPPRE unless indicated otherwise.

Vimal Palasekaran

Vimal Palasekaran

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