Celebrate Malaysia Day by doing what we do best – eat!
This Hari Malaysia, let’s celebrate the beauty of our country with one thing that most definitely unites us – the love for food. And since we’re in the topic, what food better to do a listicle of than our national dish, the nasi lemak.
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.
Monday – Friday 6.30am – 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 6.30am – 6pm
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!
Monday – Sunday 6.30am – 1am
Closed every day 12pm – 3pm
Nasi Lemak Bumbung
Affectionately also known as Nasi Lemak Babi only due to its taste being “sedap gila babi” and its close proximity to a bak kut teh stall behind it, Nasi Lemak Bumbung is a favourite among nocturnal PJ-ites. Don’t expect the sambal here to coddle you – it is designed to burn the tongue of the unaccustomed right off the first bite. And the nasi lemak here comes with a telur mata kerbau instead of the usual hard boiled egg!
Monday – Saturday 5.30pm – 4am
Sunday 5.30pm – 12am
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. Cheekily located right in front of Tanglin Clinic, 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.
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.
Wednesday – Saturday 2.30pm – 8.30pm
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Featured image is of nasi lemak from Village Park Restaurant by @tapaungo.
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