Malaysian Flavours – Nasi Lemak


One of Malaysia’s best and most well-known dishes, hands down, is the nasi lemak. 

If you’re a tourist, no trip is complete without trying this at least once. 🙂 It’s like going to the Philippines and not trying their adobo!

Nasi Lemak literally means ‘fat’ or ‘oily rice’, because the rice is cooked in coconut milk (santan) and pandan leaves, giving it a rich and creamy flavour. The basic nasi lemak comes with half a boiled egg, fried anchovies, peanuts, slices of cucumber and sambal – a fiery sauce made from sauteeing chillies, onions, garlic, shallots and prawn paste. You can choose to add on from a variety of side dishes, such as fried chicken, chicken, beef or squid curry, veggies, and many more.

While it is easily available everywhere, even high end coffee shops and restaurants (which charge you a bomb!), I think the best ones are those from the street. Just look out for a nasi lemak seller at a makeshift store by the road.

The one above is just RM5, sold by an Indonesian aunty near my workplace. Pretty value for money, non?

Here are some lists for the best nasi lemaks in Kuala Lumpur !

Hungry GoWhere picks

TimeOut picks 

Fried Chillies picks

Happy hunting! 🙂

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