Last Saturday (9th November) we packed a hall full of nasi lemak lovers. With us were 10 of the Top nasi lemak sellers in Klang Valley. [Video
] The earliest birds came at 8.15am eventhough the event started at 9am and way past 2pm people were still calling to come
Friends and family who are seldom seen before 12pm woke up early to join us. People of all races and all ages came together for the love of something so simple as a scoop of rice, sambal and perhaps a fried chicken or two on the side.
There were queues. Bawa bertenang dan makan nasi lemak was our motto and yeah people were cool as cucumbers
But everyone pretty much got along and ate together, sharing tables. Old friends hooked up. New friends were made. Tanglin dishing out their famous lauk
The vendors too had a ball because they got to show off their craft (and they are our artisans folks, make no mistake)… Continue reading »
It's a couple of days (this Saturday) to the I Eat Nasi Lemak Event
and here are our Top 10 Vendors. We have spent most of last month meeting them, filming them and listening to their stories. Most of what we heard have been in turns poignant, inspiring and humbling. There is something very pure with people who make a living from feeding people and we have gathered the best of them here come 9th November. Join us at Telekom Malaysia Convention Centre, celebrate them, eat their food and more importantly spread the LOVE for nasi lemak. So now, we proudly present the FriedChillies
selection for Top 10 Nasi Lemak in KL! in no particular order. Warung Rindu Pak Ya
This dynamic duo in Pantai dalam has been doing nasi lemak Pak Ya
style for 18 years! Sambal here is plenty spicy and they still serve nasi lemak in little packets. Only two lauks is served here, hot fried chicken and hot fried burung puyuh. Order a freshly fried bullseye egg… Continue reading »
"100 kilograms of rice a day!"
Imagine going through 100 kilograms of rice each day. ONE HUNDRED KILOGRAMS. That’s a whole lotta rice! Yet, that’s exactly the amount of rice Nasi Lemak Ujang corner goes through in a day. Read that right? A DAY. That means 700kg of rice a week, at least! With good reason, though. This unassuming stall, which has been in operation for 30 years (and now with branches too!), was started at Medan Selera Taman Greenwood by Pn. Juairiah Mohd Sharif, and is now run by her amiable daughter, Pn. Nora. That’s some longevity, huh?
So what makes the nasi lemak special? It’s the rice, naturally. The rice is soaked, par-cooked by steaming, cooled, then steamed again before the coconut milk is added. The result? A crumbly, fragrant, deliciously coconut-ty and nutty rice that pairs wonderful with their range of lauk.
The soft, fragrant lovingly cooked rice
"Good food at reasonable prices..."
Warung Rindu has been around for more than 18 years. This place used to be just opposite the commuter station which then gravitated into the empty lot beside Jalan Kubur several years later. At this seemingly unknown place except for regulars and locals around Pantai Dalam, Pak Ya serves one of the best night nasi lemak this side of town. Nothing fancy at Warung Rindu here. Just simple steamed nasi lemak (kukus), sambal ikan bilis, cucumber slices and small piece of scrambled egg, all served in a plastic plate.
The rice is the steamed just nice, not too glutinous and not too ceroi. They don't serve ikan bilis goreng but their sambal has chunks of ikan bilis which compensates for this. The sambal has a small kick which I am sure sambal lovers will like.
One of the bonuses of moving to Ampang is that I’m now within walking distance of Mak Jah. Gone were the days when I used to brave cross KL traffic to eat here. I now have all access to the delectable kuihs, the Malay roti canai served with dhal and sambal and of course Mak Jah’s nasi lemak. “I've always been more of a cook at first and not really… More »
We got to know Reach Out recently from organising the I Eat Nasi Lemak Event. We are aware that homeless feeding programmes and make-shift soup kitchens exist and Reach Out being one of the first, gives out nasi lemak to the homeless. So it really was a no brainer that an event that celebrates nasi lemak would support a programme like this.
"We basically started it with friends and people we work with because there simply wasn't a programme out there that fed the homeless on a regular basis," said Pete Nicolls the founder of Reach Out. The NGO then grew organically, with volunteers going out on the streets 7 days a week rain or shine. In KL they go out to 15 different locations and in the past year started food distributing in Klang too. Volunteers giving out food and supplies to the homeless
Giving the homeless food serves two purpose. One, is because they are hungry. Often, the food given out by Reach Out is the only meal they will eat that day. Secondly, it's a tool to get to know who they are. After building a relationship with them, the organisation can then identify how to help them further. The objective… Continue reading »
Many remember the Medan Selera 223 as a place they went dating during school and college days, yes I’m talking to you PJ peeps. This is also a nasi lemak spot, with over 6 stalls selling the good stuff. And it’s also 24 hours. Your anytime nasi lemak fix.
Over here we dig Suri’s. This stall is run by Mohd. Lutfi, a good natured fellow that always looks a little sleepy. We don’t blame him, he’s always here in the wee hours making sure everything is in order. In a year he’s only off for 6 days. 4 days for Hari Raya Aidilfitri and 2 for Raya Haji. “When we are close for too long our customers will call us up asking for nasi lemak! So we open most of the time, non-stop.” Now that’s dedication. We caught Lutfi after he had a nice long nap, such a cool dude...
Lutfi inherited the stall from his mother who in turn inherited it from her mum. When his grandmother was running it, she used to put her nasi lemak on make-shift tables. They moved here after the Medan Selera was built. At any given time, there’s always three people at the back packing the nasi lemak in snug packets. It only… Continue reading »