- The FriedChillies TOP 20 Nasi Lemak 2014
The FriedChillies TOP 20 Nasi Lemak 2014
Friedchillies is proud to announce this years final 20 top nasi lemak vendors under 5 different categories. They represent the "best of the best" in their categories and their nasi lemak not only brings the much needed energy to power through your day but also happiness... over a simple plate of rice. This 2nd November at TM Convention Center, anyone who profess that they are nasi lemak fans will congregate to feast on 20 of the best nasi lemaks in town selected specially for you by FriedChillies. So presenting this years I Eat Nasi Lemak Heroes....
In the "Ayam Goreng Best" Category
Village Park is a legend. Everyone knows how good is their fried chicken with a plate of nasi lemak kukus and sambal on the side. Prices are not cheap really, but are there any complains? Always fully packed. Need I say more?
Village Park, 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Customers here come for their fried chicken. Skin is fried crispy and golden brown, seasoned with curry powder, lemongrass, fennel and marinated for a day. Chickens are fried fresh everytime. With their Johorean sambal and nasi lemak, customers just keep on coming.
Famous, Bangsar Selera Food Court, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar
Warung Rindu Pak Ya
Rindu started as a small stall run by Pak Ya years ago in Pantai Dalam. His specialty is Burung Puyuh Goreng. Yes, you heard it. Fried Quails lightly seasoned with tumeric, pepper, salt and then fried with love by Pak Ya's wife. Served with Pak Ya's slightly sticky nasi lemak, sambal and sliced egg omellete. "Lama tak datang mesti Rindu" says Pak Ya.("If you have not visited for a while, you will miss us")
Warung Rindu Pak Ya, Entrance of Jalan Kubur, Pantai Dalam.
In the "Lauk Power" Category
Nasi Lemak Kangkung FAM
Don't discount new hero Kak Zainab as a small time street peddler. She used to work at Mandarin Oriental, MAS Catering & did a short stint at Equatorial Hotel before her love of nasi lemak got her in our Top 20 list. She is famous for her kangkung sauteed with sliced onions. Her rice has a quadruple stage cooking process. Definitely light and healthy.
Nasi Lemak Kangkung, Restoran Jamal Mohamad, Jalan SS 5a/9, Kelana Jaya
We also welcome three returning heroes...
Mak Jah's with her homemade tasting nasi lemak and goes delicious with their killer Perak inflected rendang and sambal sotong.
Mak Jah Corner, Corner Lot next to Naan Corner in Ampang
Ujang Nasi Lemak, where the rice is given the utmost respect with a soak and steam cooking method that gives you serious flavour and texture and of course the sambal kerang.
Nasi Lemak Ujang Corner, No 26 Jln2/16 Dataran Templer Bandar Baru Selayang
And for Kak Hani, head straight for her ridiculously delicious ayam masak merah flavoured with kaffir lime leaves. Apa lagi? (what else?!!)
Kak Hani's Stall : Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama, ( bus stop in front of Beauty & Slimming Express )
In the "Unique" Category
Nasi Lemak Kukus Goreng Fauzey
One fine day, one of Fauzey's customers suggested that he fries the nasi lemak. Weird? Yup, but he complied and never looked back since. He had to tweak the sambal in his 'fried' nasi lemak as normal nasi lemak sambal is sweet and lacks punch. After his tweak, his goreng version is definitely kick a*ss and that landed him in our Top 20 for 2014. Served with juicy and tender Ayam Berempah.
Fauzey, Behind the old bus stand, PJ Old Town, Section 3, PJ
Restoran Sayur Sayuran Ruyi
You can swear that their 'ada kick giler' sambal nasi lemak has belacan but nope they don't. Vegetarian Ruyi's owner is such a fan of nasi lemak that he perfected one of the best vegetarian nasi lemaks in town that even meat lovers can consider (sometimes). Mushroom stalk is used for the ikan bilis and the chilli is very spicy.
Restoran Sayur-sayuran Ruyi,C-G-2A, Jalan Perdana 3, Taman Usahawan, Kepong, 52100
Go organic with Greenlicious. Don't say that we are not fair at FriedChillies. This is an organic nasi lemak. The judges were intrigued how can you turn brown rice, pandan extract, lemongrass, then coconut rice. Rendang tempe with labu, extra virgin coconut oil and pandan into an organic version on NL that is tasty. They did it so their are IN our 20.
Greenlicious,Unit A-G-12, Block Allamanda, 10 Boulevard, PJU 6A, Lebuhraya Sprint, PJ
Nasi Lemak Royal(e)
For most KLites, they(we) will be confused. Royal is the famous nasi lemak from Alor Setar. This is the one where the nasi lemak is more towards nasi minyak and the lauks are more slanted towards the nasi kandar types with daging hitam, kari kambing and more. But who's to say that this is not nasi lemak? They have been selling since the 50's. Confused? Come try them out and see for yourselves.
Mentara Food Court, Tiara Duta Condo, Ampang
In the Outstation Category
Nasi Lemak Ali, Penang
Queue's for Penang's Nasi Lemak Ali starts from 7am and does not stop until their nasi lemak runs out. Sometimes 3pm, sometimes 4pm. Ali sells simple nasi lemak bungkus but with a twist. Customers can pick from 6 different varieties of lauk from sambal ikan bilis, sambal sotong, ikan papan, prawns, chicken and ikan kering. Simple done well.
Ali Nasi Lemak, Sri weld Food Court, Lebuh Pantai, Penang
Restoran Nayan, Lenggeng, NS
Restoran Nayan is a vortex. When he opens to sell his nasi lemak sambal ikan keli in Lenggeng, other places will be ..err.. empty. Just a simple nasi lemak bungkus with a piece of ikan keli in sambal but people drive for miles just to get this and go home. he's definitely got the mojo.
Restoran Nayan, Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan
Restoran Joyz, Lenggeng, NS
How About sambal pucuk paku or gulai telur itik (duck's eggs) with that nasi lemak bungkus? Uh huh.. Fresh pucuk paku, ikan bilis with a nice heat and telur itik (duck eggs) gulai to go with that. Flavourful and a great combo.
Restoran Joyz, Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan
Restoran Seri Mesra, Port Dickson
Simple is hard to do well. So when we tasted a simple nasi lemak bungkus from Mesra, we were blown away at how something so simple can be so good. Owner Zie says that its her mothers "air tangan". Perhaps its also the sea water nearby that makes it taste so good but Zie it keeping mum about it. It's a secret.
Restoran Seri Mesra Ikan Bakar & Seafood, No. 3 & 4,Bt 7, Jalan Pantai, Teluk Kemang, Port Dickson
In the Institutions Category
Institutions need no introduction so this year's returning heroes are...
RA Nasi Lemak with their 'killer' paru goreng, Suri Nasi Lemak Panas with their hot version of nasi lemak bungkus with a mind boggling array of lauks to cure your midnight cravings and of course Tanglin Nasi Lemak which is on its way to being passed down to their 4th Generation. Transitions can get tricky. Hope that they can still keep the sambal limpa, rendang ayam & sambal sotong just like Zainal's used to make. But this year, they are still in our list.
R.A. Nasi Lemak, 15A Jalan Raja Abdullah, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Suri Nasi Lemak Panas, Food Court Jalan 223, PJ
Nasi Lemak Tanglin, Tanglin Food Court, No 3, Jalan Cenderasari 3, KL
Nasi Lemak Jalan Alor
Do you know that there is an awesome Nasi Lemak vendor at the start of Jalan Alor? Around for 32 years? That's because Aznal's stall whilst opens at 7am, runs out sometimes as early as 8am! Most times 10am. The Ayam Rendang Padang and sambal sotong are the BOMB! Yes... their lauks have an Indonesian slant and its thigh slappingly delicious!
Pavement at entrance of Jalan Alor, KL.
Nasi Lemak BK4
Nasi Lemak Bungkus BK4 started in 2008 and have been quietly selling their packs around Puchong area. Regulars swears by their 'kampung' taste which has a smoky aroma and sweet dark sambal. Hajar slow cooks the sambal for 8 hours & adds in grarau (krill) in the sambal for that extra kick.
Nasi Lemak BK4, Jalan BK4/2a (Opposite workshop) 8am till finish
So there you go. Eight returning heroes and twelve new ones. I hope that you are as ecstatic as we are right now... See you at I Eat Nasi Lemak this weekend.
Tell your friends & families to come. Till then ....
'Bawa Bertenang Dan Makan Nasi Lemak'