The 10 Best Nasi Lemaks in Klang Valley

Nasi Lemak. Malaysia’s National Dish. A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, often paired with sambal, fried anchovies, peanuts, and a half a boiled egg. Some places even offer add-on dishes such as cuttlefish sambal, curry chicken, and of course rendang (not crispy, we assure you).

 

Although it is more popularly eaten for breakfast, Nasi Lemak is also savoured during lunchtime, tea time, dinner time, supper time, basically, all the time. We Malaysians love this dish so much, we can have it at any time of the day, for any meal. And we do.

 

Here’s a list of the 10 best Nasi Lemak in and around KL frequently visited by locals. Regarded as the best among the best, locals swear by these joints as the best places to get their fix of Nasi Lemak.

 

 

1. Nasi Lemak Tanglin

Established and operating since 1948, this Nasi Lemak stall has gained a reputation for being one of the best Nasi Lemak you can find in KL. The sambal strikes a perfect balance between sweet, spicy, and savoury notes while the add-on dishes such as the liver, beef rendang, or cuttlefish sambal are exactly the reason why visitors queue in line.

 

The best recommended time to get here would be at 8am as the food would be at its freshest state, plus you get to beat the crowd! Located around the Lake Gardens area, it’s a great spot to begin your day if you plan on visiting some of the popular attractions around the Lake Gardens.

 

Address: Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,

Opening Hours: 7am – 12pm (Mon – Sun)

Waze: Nasi Lemak Tanglin

 

2- Nasi Lemak Wanjo

Housed in one of the largest eateries along the Kampung Baru (New Village) food stretch, Nasi Lemak Wanjo is one of the most popular eateries to visit. Tables overflow from the inside of the restaurant on to the sidewalk which are shaded by a canopy of tall trees, giving off cool vibes all around.

The highlight of Nasi Lemak Wanjo is definitely the sambal which lies on the sweet and smoky side with a tinge of spiciness. They even sell their sambal in containers which are readily packed and easy to take home. Service is fast and you won’t need to wait despite the queue, though you would need to scavenge up seats as they fill up pretty quick!

 

Address: 8, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 6.30am – 12pm, 3pm – 12.30am (Mon – Sun)
Waze: Nasi Lemak Wanjo

3. Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa

Located next to Nasi Lemak Wanjo, also along the Kampung Baru food stretch, Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa is also another popular choice among locals and tourists alike. It’s name was birthed from the wide ethnicity of their customers, including locals, travellers and expats, well before it entered the limelight.

Directly translated as Nasi Lemak International, their food is an accurate expression of their name choice. The sambal leans on the sweeter side and the spice levels are kept at a minimal level, no doubt to cater to the tastebuds of their various ethnic customers. Several add-on dishes are recommended such as the sambal sotong (cuttlefish sambal), the fried beef lungs, and the chicken rendang.

 

Address: 4, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 12am – 12pm, 6pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Waze: Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa Kampung Baru

 

 

4. Nasi Lemak Panas (Medan Selera 223)

Possibly the best nasi lemak stalls in Petaling Jaya, Nasi Lemak Yatie and Nasi Lemak Suri have been operating here for decades. Famously known as Nasi Lemak Panas 223, the nasi lemak here comes in the form of “bungkus” (wrapped up), and is lined with banana leaf and brown paper.

Once seated, trays of freshly cooked nasi lemak packets will be set on your table, and you will have 2 choices to choose from; the red stamp nasi lemak (Nasi Lemak Yatie) or the blue stamp nasi lemak (Nasi Lemak Suri). Locals have often been torn between which nasi lemak to choose from, as although they are both equally tasty, one leans on the sweeter side while the other has a spicier kick to it.  

 

 

You can also decide to kick it up a notch and join the queue at Nasi Lemak Yatie’s (red stamp) stall for their famous fried chicken. A basic nasi lemak with fried anchovies, peanuts, and cucumber topped with a fried egg and fried chicken comes up to RM7.50, a decent price for the portion that you are getting.

 

Address: Selera Jaya 223, Jalan 51a/223, Seksyen 51a, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Waze: Nasi Lemak Panas

 

 

5. Nasi Lemak Kukus Iskandar

Nestled in Restoran D.U. Cafe Kota Damansara, you’ll find a nasi lemak stall with no signage on the corner of the coffeeshop, directly across the road from Sunway Nexis. Operated by Mr. Razi who has more than 10 years of experience cooking nasi lemak, he serves up one of the best nasi lemak ayam goreng (fried chicken) in PJ.

Known to locals as Nasi Lemak Kukus Iskandar Ayam Goreng Halia, it is a popular spot for takeaway orders in the early evenings. A serving of nasi lemak with fried anchovies, peanuts, cucumbers, sambal, a fried egg and a piece of fried chicken will come up to only RM6. Without a doubt, this is one of the most cost-friendly nasi lemak ayam goreng in the Klang Valley.

 

Address: Jalan PJU 5/10, Dataran Sunway, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 11.00pm (or until sold out!)
Waze: Restoran DU Cafe

 

 

6. Taste Legendary Nasi Lemak Chow Kit Pasar

Hidden in the food court/dry market area of Chow Kit Market, lies one of the oldest nasi lemak stalls in KL. Beginning some 60 years ago as one of the few non-halal nasi lemak stalls in KL, Taste Legendary takes it to another level with their famous Hakka Zha Yuk and Pork Curry, while also offering up the commonly found Sambal Sotong (cuttlefish sambal), and Curry Chicken.

Apart from the delicious side dishes, the rice itself is considerably different from the other nasi lemak stalls around town. We’ve had soft and fluffy, but the rice at Taste Legendary is softer and fluffier. What more can you expect when they take the time to cook the rice twice!

 

Address: Pasar Chow Kit Zone 1C, Jalan Raja Bot, Chow Kit , 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 7am – 12.45 (closed on Mondays)
Waze: Taste Legendary Nasi Lemak

 

 

7. Big Tree Head Nasi Lemak

Another Nasi Lemak that’s notable is the Big Tree Head Nasi Lemak located in Kepong. If you love fried chicken, this could probably hit your sweet spot. Nestled in a lively neighbourhood area, this mamak is one of the most unique places you can have nasi lemak.

The secret to the delicious fried chicken comes from the spice rub, which is freshly made every day. The result; crispy and crunchy skin with juicy and tender meat. At a staggering RM6.50 for a portion of fried chicken and RM3 for a plate of nasi lemak, it’s a little on the pricier side of your regular nasi lemak.

 

Address: Persiaran Mergastua, Kepong Baru, 52100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 4pm – 4am (Mon – Sat), 4pm – 12am (Sun)
Waze: Big Tree Head Mamak

 

 

8. Nasi Lemak Peel Road

Nasi Lemak Peel Road looks like your regular Nasi Lemak stall, but its wide choices of side dishes resemble food that you would get from a mixed rice stall. From fried chicken & chicken rendang, to mutton curry, sausages and vegetables, you’re spoiled for choices when choosing to eat here.

Locals enjoy the wild boar curry and the cuttlefish sambal the most, and are adamant about it being the best side dishes here. Prices vary in accordance to which dish/dishes you choose but an average price for a plate of nasi lemak with two 2 dishes would be around RM8. It’s not the cheapest but it still gives you good value for your money.

 

Address: 88, Jalan Peel, Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 2.30pm – 8.30pm (Closed on Thursday & Friday)
Waze: Chinese Nasi Lemak Peel Road

 

 

9. Nasi Lemak Kukus SS2

Another popular nasi lemak stall in PJ, Nasi Lemak Kukus SS2 attracts large crowds and long queues early in the morning. Not to worry though, service is good and they operate fast so the wait is not as long as it looks.

The stall operators have been working here for more than 40 years, offering up to 8 different side dishes for you to choose from. The most popular side dishes here would be the sambal kerang (cockle sambal), beef rendang, and sambal petai (bitter bean sambal).

 

It’s definitely recommended to get here early though, as they often run out of certain popular dishes as early as 10am!

 

Address: Medan Selera MBPJ, Jalan SS2/60, SS2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening Hours: 7am – 12pm (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sundays
Waze: Nasi Lemak Kukus – SS2

 

 

10. Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock

What better way to represent the Malaysian theme with classic names we used when writing essays back in primary school. Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock are no strangers when it comes to fictional characters used to depict the unity of the 3 major races that make up the population of Malaysia.

As their name implies, this Malaysian themed restaurant serves iconic Malaysian delicacies such as nasi lemak, mee goreng, roti jala, and mee rebus, but their highlight and signature dish remains to be the nasi lemak ayam berempah (fried spiced chicken).

Located along Jalan Balai Polis adjacent to Petaling Street, Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock offers a nostalgic atmosphere with 60s songs in Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil being played. To them, it’s all about recreating a retro Malaysia, offering guests a “blast from the past” Malaysian experience.

 

Address: 13, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours:
Waze: Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock

 

That’s the 10 Best Nasi Lemaks on our list! Do you have any recommendations on your favourite Nasi Lemak stall that you think we should cover? Let us know in the comments section on our Facebook page!

 

 

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Vincent Wong

Vincent Wong is an aspiring writer cum photographer and traveller, who loves diving head first into culture and exploring the wonders of the world. Like any Malaysian, Vincent loves food and is always on the hunt for the next best meal. After having spent several years away from Malaysia, this young man realised the uniqueness of his home country and aims to tell the stories of Malaysia and all it has to offer.
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