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Best Nasi Lemak in KL

Best Nasi Lemak in KL

Bless our national dish — the glorious nasi lemak has a special place in our hearts. Whether you like it on its own with spunky sambal or elevated with crispy fried chicken and even luncheon meat, here are 11 places to makan like a true Malaysian.
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No stranger to locals and tourists alike, Village Park is your go-to when it comes to a ‘confirm good’ nasi lemak experience. Order their signature Nasi Lemak with crumby and gingery Ayam Goreng (RM11). The wait is long on weekends, so come early before lunch hour to get a good seat in the air-conditioned area.
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Open till 4am, streetside Bumbung makes a popular spot in PJ for night owls, students and the after-work crowd. The Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken (RM6) topped with a perfect fried egg never ceases to satisfy those late night cravings that have been driving you up the 'bumbung'. Expect speedy service that will bring your nasi lemak from counter to table in no time.
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The place to go for true blue Malaysian flavours, stalwart Malaysian brand Madam Kwan doles out a foolproof Nasi Lemak (from RM20). This extravagant version comes brimming with aromatic coconut rice, delicious chicken curry and yummy sides like dried shrimp floss and zesty achar. This, spacious seating and air-conditioning? Worth. Every. Cent.
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This nondescript nasi lemak stall in Kepong’s Wai Sek Kai sees locals fall in line for mouth-watering Nasi Lemak (from RM2.50) with fluffy, perfectly cooked coconut rice, and the punch-packed sambal. Pair that with the Sambal Sotong (from RM1.50) and the flavourful Rendang Daging or Curry Chicken (from RM1). The friendly uncle who runs the humble stall is generous when it comes to piling on extra rice and sambal, which you should always yes say to.
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When in ICC Pudu, follow the crowd to Ann's Nasi Lemak. They're queuing for the popular Curry Pork Skin Rice (RM6) that sees generous amounts of chewy pork skin on coconut rice, sweet onion sambal and more. The curry is not at all spicy, but rather, rich, sweet and creamy. They also have Curry Pork Rice (RM7.50), Shrimp and Minced Pork Fried Petai Rice (RM8) and Fried Drumstick Rice (RM9) to boot. Come early on weekends as they tend to sell out by noon.

Spot this brightly lit stall under a tree along Persiaran Mergastua that does mamak-style nasi lemak justice. A simple plate of Nasi Lemak (from RM3) here is good, but even better when paired with the juicy and crispy Fried Chicken (from RM8.50). Aromatic rice, sweet-spicy sambal and excellent fried chicken – what more could you ask for? P.s. It gets crowded during supper time, so be prepared to share tables!

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Tucked along a quiet street amidst old flats in Pudu is this Chinese-style nasi lemak served zhap fan style. Once the fluorescent lights up, get in line to build your plate. Each side dish is priced from RM3, and we highly recommend getting the Siham Sambal, Chicken Curry and Fried Spam. The usual ikan bilis, peanuts and cucumber trimmings are served as add-ons (from RM1 each).
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There are two stalls at Medan Selera 223 that dish out scrumptious packets of nasi lemak, but it's the stall marked in red that we keep coming back for. The tiny brown packets (from RM1.50) hold together fluffy coconut rice, sweet sambal and half an egg – a solid meal for one. For something more substantial, order the Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken (from RM5).
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Kampung Baru's nasi lemak hotspot brims with hungry folks, especially during breakfast and supper. Thankfully, the ample seats make it easy to settle in for a quick meal. The warm and fluffy rice here is stellar vehicle for pairing with the flavourful Ayam Merah (RM4) and Kerang (RM2.50), or the moist and crispy Ayam Goreng (RM4). Looking for vegetarian options? The Fried Tempe (RM1) and Begedil (RM2.50) make tasty and filling alternatives.
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There’s only a small window to dine at this Jalan Sentul favourite – between 6pm to 8pm – and the queues form before the stall even opens for business. But nasi lemak fans listen up, it will be worth the wait. Each plate of nasi lemak is priced from RM2, and the glorious spread of sides that follows is just as affordable. You must have the Dry Pork Curry (from RM2.50), Luncheon Meat (from RM1), Sambal Petai (from RM1) and zesty Ayam Goreng (from RM2.50), and a helping of Stir-Fried Cabbage and Kangkung (from RM0.80 per portion) to hit your greens quota.
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Kuchai Lama’s food court buzzes with hawker fare, and one of the more popular stalls here cooks up a Nasi Lemak Wild Boar (from RM8). The tender wild boar pieces are slicked in a thick, vinegary curry that likens vindaloo. The heat comes slow but it catches up with you, so turn to your generous bed of fragrant rice to help tone it down.

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