"Savoury soup, amazing fried chicken and a to die for Duck Egg Gulai!"
At a glance, behind Restoran Chemat could be any other nasi campur restaurant. But this place in Damansara Perdana does things a bit differently. Most nasi campur places have rows and plates upon plates of dishes, but not here. Oh no no, this place isn't into that. After all, how often do you really take more than 3 lauk into your rice plate? Exactly. Here, the selection is small. And that my friends, is a good thing.
"Mountains of lauk and delicious nasi lemak."
Jalan Alor. Two words that mean only one thing to most if not all Malaysians (and tourists too!): FOOD. So well known it is for food that a move by DBKL to change the name was met with vehement protests from tenants and visitors alike. It’s a street that is renowned internationally as being a haven for street food of all kinds. Seafood, mamak food, tom yum shops, even ice cream and drinks. And while most of these are Chinese makan places, in the mornings you’ll find a gem of a nasi lemak place: Nasi Lemak Alor Corner
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"Fried nasi lemak. Do you need anymore reason?"
Nasi lemak is a beautiful dish in the way that there are so many interpretations of it that somehow, still hold true to the ‘spirit’ of a nasi lemak. This is mainly because despite the variations, most people will agree on several key components: rice in coconut milk, a sambal, egg, peanuts and anchovies. But once every so often, there’ll be a nasi lemak that would seem strange… but somehow work in all manners of deliciousness… More »
"Freshly packed nasi lemak in fragrant banana leaves!"
Sometimes greatness is borne out of a touch of bad luck. You know what I’m talking about: that silver lining behind the cloud that bears fruit in a way one would never have imagined. That’s certainly the story that En. Ali and Pn. Wasnita told us when we stopped by his nasi lemak stall in Penang. More »
"Freshly fried chicken every time!"
So, what makes Famous, famous? Their fried chicken, of course.
In the 90’s, Nasi Lemak Famous was a small stall in Bangsar, a supper spot popular with the post-clubbing crowd trickling in from the nearby watering holes in Telawi. At first, many came for the nasi lemak but in the end, many more returned for their juicy fried chicken. Now, more than 30 years on, Famous is still striving and doing well.
The sleepy (well, relatively) town of Temerloh is famous for masak lemak and gulai tempoyak featuring local freshwater fish. People travel from all over Malaysia to this town in Pahang to have a taste and even ‘tapau’ the dish. Why, my colleague said his parents used to bring him over to Temerloh during weekends just for lunch!
"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 More »