That aroma of pandan wafting from the coconut rice paired with tantalizing sambal, what is not to love with our national dish? We discovered 5 worthy options in KLIA and klia2, that will satisfy your cravings for nasi lemak before or after your flight.
Bungkus or with lauk? Here are 5 nasi lemaks for you to try...
Nasi Lemak… our unofficial National Dish. Malaysians may disagree over many things but this is the one dish that unites us all. Malaysian will crave this whenever they make a trip abroad. Sometimes, a single photo can trigger a craving. We Malaysians know the feeling. As soon as we touchdown most of us will make a bee-line for nasi lemak as we miss that fragrant coconut rice and spicy taste of sambal desperately. Even if we eat it before departing, we will be craving it soon enough. What can we do? Malaysians are foodies. So, for your no-need-to-leave-the-airport nasi lemak hit, this is our little guide to our favourite nasi lemaks at KLIA and klia2.
1. Puffy Buffy
Featuring both western and local dishes on their menu, Puffy Buffy offers a bevy of choices for patrons looking for a satisfying meal at klia2. Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang is one of their most popular items. The rice has just a tinge of coconut,sambal is mild, more savoury than sweet and the rendang has tons of kerisik and daun kunyit. It will satisfy local and even international taste buds. For some crunch, they serve it with a side of keropok, peanuts and ikan bilis.
Lot S2-3-L39, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily
2. Uncle ‘K’
We were surprised that this was one of our favourite nasi lemak at klia2. Nasi Lemak lovers, order the nasi lemak with sambal sotong at Uncle K. The sambal is a lovely blend of sweet and spicy with a touch of heat that is balanced by the sweetness of onions. Succulent squid pieces are doused in the thick and chunky sambal creating a dish that is delicious and substantial. The rice is cooked well with a mellow coconut taste. It’s light and not too overwhelming. This is a wonderful breakfast option as it fills you up without weighing you down, great for when you need to catch those early morning flights.
L2-54 & 55, Level 2, gateway@klia2
Open 24 hours daily
3. Bibik Heritage
For that brief moment, Bibik Heritage takes you out of the airport into a Peranakan setting. Sit down for their Nyonya nasi lemak, with its light & fluffy rice, paired with a delicious sambal petai (stinky beans.. you have been warned). This sambal has sweet caramelised onions and fat petai beans - a well-rounded dark red sambal with the right amount of heat and spice. Sides include slices of roasted chicken, cucumber, keropok, egg, fried ikan bilis and peanuts. It’s a nasi lemak that will keep your tummy happy while waiting for your loved ones to arrive.
Bibik Heritage’s Baba and Nyonya’s style interior makes it the perfect setting for an
enjoyable and satisfying Peranakan meal. There’s also a good menu that includes
mee siam and thirst-quenching cendol.
Lot S2-3-L40, Departure Level (Level 3), Main Terminal Building, klia2
Open 24 hours daily
Want to have a taste of something local before you fly overseas? Take a breather and order a dish from Grandmama’s. The cosy and warm ambience is a lovely place for a meal pre-flight. We recommend the Nasi Lemak with Chicken Curry at Grandmama’s. The rice has a subtle coconut flavour, served alongside boiled egg, cucumber slices, tangy Nyonya-styled sambal, pickled acar and a generous helping of Chicken Curry.
The sharp citrus taste of the carrot and cucumber acar helps to balance out the richness of the rice and Chicken Curry. It also adds a wonderful crunchy texture to the dish. The Chicken Curry is light and fragrant, made with a blend of spices and aromatics that makes it the perfect accompaniment to the nasi lemak.
SS M01, Mezzanine Level (Level 2), International Departure, Satellite Building, KLIA
Open 10am -10pm daily
5. Nasi Lemak Bungkus at The Food Garden
This is the type of nasi lemak that powers our nation. Its called nasi lemak bungkus (wrapped). Sold on countless streets in Malaysia everyday. Lined in banana leaf, it exudes very appetizing aroma that is the signature of a good nasi lemak. For budget travellers, if you want a value yet filling breakfast, make your way to the Food Garden. You can get a nasi lemak bungkus for just RM2 that comes with a cup of coffee or tea! It’s a basic, no-frills option. It has all the components - rice, sambal, cucumber and egg. The rice is light while the sambal is sweet and mild. Runs out fast
L2 04, Level 2, Main Terminal Building, KLIA
Available from 7am to 11 am daily