You’ll want to bring every tourist friend to these nasi lemak places in the Klang Valley. After you try them all yourself, of course.
If there’s one thing we Malaysians can all agree on, it’s food. And nasi lemak is practically our pride and joy to have. But with so many places offering this beaming glory, we decided to ask around for some hot recommendations so that we can nom on the best of the best! The results? A list of both overrated and underrated nasi lemak places in the Klang Valley, but nevertheless, all offering oh-so-sedap choices!
1. Nasi Lemak Bumbung/Nasi Lemak Seapark/Nasi Lemak Maybank/Nasi Lemak Dekat Alley Paramount
There are so many names for it (which one do you use or have you heard?) but they all point to one awesome nasi lemak spot. Literally situated in an alleyway, the workers are fast in taking your order and serving it. The verdict: simple nasi lemak with a sunny side up, juicy fried chicken and a nice balance of sweet and spicysambal. Oh, did we mention it costs less than RM6?
Address: Jalan 21/11b, 46300 Petaling Jaya
2. Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock (AMAH)
While there are places that have added their own twist to this national dish, Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock seemed to have gone with the basics: coconut milk-esque rice, sambal, well-seasoned fried chicken and the usual extra condiments. And since it’s located in the not-(yet)-so-crowded Oasis Ara Damansara, you can definitely enjoy your meal at a relaxing pace.
Psst… They recently opened another outlet in Petaling Street!
Address: Lot B-G-01, Ground Floor, Block B, Oasis Ara Damansara, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Petaling Jaya
3. Sajian Dang Wangi
For the non-fried chicken lovers (gasp!), this restaurant’s nasi lemak with chicken curry is a popular pick. The only problem you might have is whether you should eat your rice with the curry or the sambal; ‘coz they’re both just as spicy-delicious! Their ayam kunyit is also a fave, if you’re interested.
Address: Jalan Dang Wangi, 50100 Kuala Lumpur
4. Ann Nasi Lemak
Source and Photo: kyspeaks.com
Sorry, this one is non-halal. Read: nasi lemak with pork skin curry. YES. You read that right. And only for RM5? Pretty please with pork skin curry on top!
Address: Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang), Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur
5. Selera Jaya 223 @ Petaling Jaya
Here’s something for those who have a soft (nostalgic) spot for nasi lemak in triangle leaf-wrapped packets. The ones served here are usually still warm when you pick them up, and they cost about RM1.50. However, do take note that the red-stamped packet isn’t the same as the blue one; they’re from two different stores. The sambal in the red (Yati) packet is spicier whereas the blue’s (Suri) version is sweeter and more watery.
Psst… The otak-otak from here is highly recommended as well. Try it in addition to your nasi lemak!
Address: Jalan 223, 46050 Petaling Jaya
6. Heritage Village
Photo: Heritage Village Facebook
Their nasi lemak is based on a Penang family’s recipe that is three generations old! Talk about traditional. And if you’re into Nyonya-style cuisine, this is the place to go! Try the Heritage Nasi Lemak King Combo; it includes sambal sotong, acar awak, fried chicken AND keropok. So much win on a plate.
Psst… They also have a branch in Publika and recently opened another at the new (re-opened) Jaya Shopping Center.
Address: LG 47, Paradigm Mall, 1, Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya
7. Simply Mel’s
Photo: Nash Maran
For genuine Malacca-Portuguese cuisine (without actually having to leave the state), this family-run restaurant has garnered tons of positive reviews. But among its variety of dishes, owner Mel’s concocted nasi lemak version has received favourable fanfare. If serai-laced chicken, kangkung belacan and tamarind-infused sambal sounds like your plate of nasi lemak, you know where to go now!
Psst… If you like your sambal spicy and less sweet, this might not be enough to tickle your tastebuds.
Address: 1-1A, 1st Floor, The Sphere, No. 1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South, Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
8. Village Park
One of the best and most popular around town, the long wait for a table, your plate of nasi lemak and a parking spot is thankfully, in the end, worth IT. The star item is of course, the fried chicken and the little rempah bits; it’s wonderfully aromatic with spices, is crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. That aside, their coconut rice also deserves a mention for the inclusion of pandan, making it even more fragrant.
Address: 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
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