A quintessential dish beloved by everyone in Kuala Lumpur, nasi lemak is arguably Malaysia’s national dish. Whether as a breakfast item, an in-between meal snack or a late dinner, nasi lemak is always a popular dish to have.

A traditional breakfast item in Malaysia, nasi lemak has a long history which dates back to the 1900s. Originating from the west coast of the Malaysia, the dish had grown in popularity over the centuries and spread throughout the Peninsula and beyond. Amongst the region, one can find similar versions of nasi lemak in neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia.

Similar to Indonesia’s nasi uduk, the rice for nasi lemak is cooked in coconut milk and knotted pandan leaves before it is steamed till fragrant. Traditionally, nasi lemak is wrapped in banana leaves or brown paper and are sold by roadside hawkers as well as in food centres. The classic accompaniments to nasi lemak are sambal (chilli paste), egg, peanuts and ikan bilis (fried anchovies). The sambal is the centrepiece to any good nasi lemak, with most Malaysians’ preferences leaning towards the spicier renditions. For diners looking for something more substantial to accompany their meal, a variety of accompaniments are usually offered such as fried chicken, sambal sotong (chilli cuttlefish), rendang and stir-fried kangkong.

Whether one is passing through for a short stopover or spending a glorious week in Malaysia’s capital, a trip to one of the city’s famous nasi lemak joints is highly recommended.


Village Park Restaurant

No. 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

T: (+60) 3771 0786 0

Nasi Lemak Bumbung

Jalan 21/11b, Sea Park

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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