"Grab a packet!"
For fans of nasi lemak bungkus, make your way to Nasi Lemak EK in Wangsa Maju. There, you can sample perfectly cooked coconut rice paired with a sweet and spicy sambal that tastes just like the ones you had as a child at your school canteen. EK stands for Etta’s Kitchen. For years now, Rozeta Sa’ad or more commonly known as Kak Etta and her sons have been supplying packets of nasi lemak to various locations in Wangsa Maju including Restoran Al Kader, a Chinese café in Seri Rampai, a stall at the nearby Hero Market and Honda Sri Utama.
"Try the Sambal Kerang!"
At Ibu Nasi Lemak, there’s an array of kuehs to choose from, as well as kway teow goreng and fried beehoon but the main crowd-puller is their nasi lemak. The rice has a hint of coconut, cooked with just enough liquid to allow the individual grains to come apart, making it the perfect vehicle for sambal and gravy. Light and not too rich, it’s a nasi lemak that won’t weigh you down, suitable as a substantial workday breakfast. More »
"Seputeh's hidden gem..."
If you like your sambal hot and spicy, make your way to the Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang stall in Seputeh. The sambal here has plenty of heat, with tons of chillies, blended and simmered for hours to create a wonderful balance of fiery and sweet flavours. More »
"Sweet, smoky sambal here!"
Nasi Lemak Wanjo, called in turns Mak Wanjor for the matriarch of the family until the sign came up on their shop recently; serves a good, solid nasi lemak. For those of you that like your sambal a little sweet, this is the place for you. It’s still spicy but there’s a sultry sweetness that runs through it and a smokiness that gives it character. More »
"Eat until you sweat... oh yeah..."
Chicken. Rice. Sambal. You really can’t go wrong with this food combo. Mat Rock built a business around this. Bite-sized pieces of chicken, marinated in turmeric and salt is fried to a wonderfully crisp exterior while the inside remains tender. To this, a handful of fried onions and beans are added for some crunch. All this rests on a bed of fluffy white rice. More »
"East Coast deliciousness in KL"
Nasi dagang - travellers rice - is a pretty popular dish. But maybe some of you folk didn't know that there are two kinds: the Kelantanese version, and a Terengganu one. Now the Kelantan one you're familiar with of course: it's the red one, often served with gulai ikan tongkol. But the Terengganu version is quite tricky to find in KL. So bless Restoran Gamelan at Ara Damansara, as they have a superb Terengganu nasi dagang.
"Pulut Kuning - the golden rice of Malaysia..."
Looking for something different for breakfast? Wrapped up in fragrant banana leaf, bright yellow and steamed to perfection, Kak Ana’s Pulut Kuning is a dish that is a great alternative to the usual nasi lemak. Coming from a long line of Kelantanese cooks, it was only natural that Kak Ana decided to continue the family tradition. About 18 years ago, she decided to set up a stall in Taman Tun...