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Best Places to Eat Nasi Lemak in KL - The National Dish of Malaysia

Nasi lemak is an aromatic coconut rice dish accompanied with a fiery red sambal and fried chicken, which is traditionally served but not limited to breakfast. Here are a few places to try them out.


Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock

A kopitiam (meaning a traditional coffee shop) styled restaurant that is found in Petaling Street, piques any passer-by's interest due to its exterior. is one well known place that serves a Nasi lemak with an urban twist; nasi lemak Ayam berempa- which is served with their own unique spicy chicken. It is also one of the relatively cheaper options, with the dish costing around RM12. They also serve other Malaysian dishes like nasi goreng and mee Goren mamak.


Jalan Sentul Chinese Nasi Lemak

Malaysia is considered to be a multicultural melting pot and true to that statement, this little stall amidst many restaurants in Bukit Bintang, is famous for its nasi lemak with a Chinese twist, is opened only for a limited time- 6pm-8pm. Due to this small window and the fact that a generous portion costs RM2 with many add-on options available for an added price, makes many locals and tourists line up before the opening times. The popular option is the nasi lemak with the pork curry. This stall is located only 15 minutes away from the Berjaya Times Square Hotel thus making it a convenient stopover for the guests.


Nasi Lemak Tanglin

This is a traditional Malay food-truck that has been around since the 1940s and is known for its authenticity. It is a catering service that has now been passed on to three generations. So, if you want to truly experience the authentic Malaysian flavours, this is an absolute must visit. Do note the portions are a bit on the small side, however, it makes it up for it by its explosion of flavours.


Village Park Restaurant

Situated a little further from the Kuala Lumpur centre, in Damansara, this is a restaurant worth the detour as it is famous for its "best nasi lemak". The shop is run by a Chinese-Muslim family and serves a great nasi lamek with a sweet-spicy sambal and a crispy, juicy fried chicken. Another item you must not miss to have is their famous iced-coffee. It is recommended to arrive a little earlier to avoid the lunch peak hours and ensure you have a table.


BAE- Build and Eat

This food spot located in Bangsar serves up traditional nasi lamek and about nineteen other dishes with the starting price of RM2.50. The concept of this restaurant is for guests to experience a range of food and therefore, the portion size is a little small. Another popular item on the menu is the Mee Kuah Ketam which is fresh, boiled crab dish that is bursting with flavours. It is open until 11 pm, therefore if you have the late-night cravings for some Malay food, you know where to head.