NOTE: This is my year long collaboration with Malay Mail and I am charged to explore gastronomic around (within 600 m walk) fifty selected (Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (RapidKL) train stations (LRT & MRT).
Published article: Published 14th NOVEMBER 2017
1. In Malay Mail e-Paper:
** The accompanying story below is not by me.
2. On www.theMalayMailOnline.com:
ORIGINAL submitted article: My long winded one!
The best nasi lemak can be a touchy subject. Considered the national dish of the country, every Malaysian and even non-Malaysian has an opinion on which is best.
Undeniably the best is very much dependent on personal preference, though there are a few standouts in the Klang Valley.
If you don’t already know, some are conveniently a stroll away from LRT /MRT stops!
(1.) Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa (2.) Nasi Lemak Wanjor
There are two legends in Kampung Baru – Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa and Nasi Lemak Wanjor. Personally I prefer the latter though both are best at average.
However, its location is hard to beat!
At most it is 80 metres walk from the Kampung Baru LRT and Kampung Baru provides an atmospheric feel of village life right in downtown KL. The perfect place in fact, for your tourist friends since it has a thriving local food scene and the weekend night market can be an exhilarating experience. There is a good mix of Thai and Chinese restaurants in Kampung Baru, though undeniably Malay food is king here.
The basics for Nasi Lemak Wanjor is passable – fluffy rice which is sufficiently aromatic served with fresh roasted peanut and anchovies. The sambal, like many others, is on the sweet side. While the beef rendang and paru are recommended, I personally love the fried tempeh.
BELOW: Nasi Lemak Wanjor.
Both nasi lemak are available from morning to lunch with break before continuing for dinner.
3. Ali Muthu and Ah Hock
Nasi Lemak and most of your local comfort food including Nyonya laksa, mee goreng, fried kuey teow and even kuih are available whole day and in air conditioned comfort at Ali Muthu and Ah Hock (AMAH), just a skip away from Pasar Seni LRT.
A plus point for this modern kopitiam would be the interior which evokes a nostalgic sentiment with its paint-chipped walls and retro furnishings.
Their popular nasi lemak has always been compared to another famous one within the Klang Valley and personally, I’m a fan of AMAH’s version.
The fluffy rice, the balanced sweet, savoury sambal plus the tasty, juicy, crispy-skin fried chicken – there is little to fault really!
BELOW: Granted, the sambal is on the sweet side but I reckon that it is because the dish is targeted for the masses. Understandably, not everyone can take spicy food. Besides, there are very few nasi lemak outlets that offers super spicy sambal so this is as good as it gets.
4. Ho Li Chow – Damansara Kim
When the cravings for a good nasi lemak ala “Chinese style” with thick chicken curry hits, I head to Ho Li Chow.
An outlet that offers homely and comfort food of yesterdays, the dishes are homely, comfort food. For the health conscious, you will be happy to know that there is no MSG added. There are many delicious options on the menu, but for the sake of this article I’ll stick to the nasi lemak, which comes with chicken curry, beef dendeng or pork curry. Fantastic isn’t it? I love options.
5. Nasi Lemak Bumbung @ Seapark PJ
For night owls, Nasi Lemak Bumbung at Seapark is a legend for PJ folks.
The standard order is rice, fried egg bulls-eye style, fried chicken and sweet sambal with the standard condiments of cucumber, peanuts and anchovies.
As the crowd here is constant, you can be assured of piping hot chicken 90% of the time. Heavy on the spices, the skin is crispy while the flesh remains juicy.
A tip – break the runny yolk and mix into the hot rice with a bit of sambal. This combination yields creamy, sweet spicy rice, essentially doubling the satisfaction of eating nasi lemak!
The location is another good reason to head here – buckets of chicken being fried, the unique way orders are delivered from a “sunken” kitchen and the dining experience sitting in the alley (surprisingly clean) under the sky. Yes it is called “bumbung (roof)” but there’s no roof over your head at all. Another signature here is the fried Ibumie.
6. Nasi Lemak Tanglin – TTDI
A legendary nasi lemak brand recently expanded to selling via a food truck and by some stoke of luck, it started selling daily in my neighbourhood.
I wasted no time to get reacquainted with Nasi Lemak Tanglin and went away happy with their famous bouncy, tender sambal sotong. Though pricy, I was hard pressed to think of another nasi lemak with such good sotong!
BELOW: RM2.00 basic nasi lemak – just rice plus standard condiments of crispy ikan bilis (fried anchovies), crunchy peanuts and cucumber. NO EGG!
BELOW: The only thing good here – the sotong so that’s a must.
7. Warung Sinarnor – Chan Sow Lin
Warung Sinarnor’s spicy sambal had me hooked 8 years ago and the love affair had lasted until now.
This is a business run by three generations of women who have been steaming their nasi lemak using wood fire for over four decades.
The rice grains stay whole and fluffy and carry a delectable santan aroma. As expected there are a whole repertoire of dishes to go with your order, but I’m happy enough with eggs and the sambal. It is just that good.
So there we have it, a few easy-to-access via public transport nasi lemak. If you absolutely must have Village Park nasi lemak, the nearest MRT is Bandar Utama and you can get to Damansara Uptown via MRT Feeder Bus T813.
- Nasi Lemak Wanjor
- Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa
LRT/MRT: Kampung Baru
Walk: 80 -100 metres
Hours: Nasi Lemak Mak Wanjor 6.30 am- 12.00 pm
Hours: Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa 4.00 pm – 1.00 am
Add: No. 8, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
3. Bumbung Nasi Lemak Seapark
LRT/MRT: Taman Paramount
Walk: 300 metres
Hours: Daily: 6pm – 3 am, close on Fri.
Add: Jalan 21/11B, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
4. Ho Li Chow
Walk: 250 metres
Hours: 8:30AM–3:30PM, 7–11PM. Close on Mondays.
Add: 40 Jalan SS 20/10 Damansara Kim, 47400, Petaling Jaya Selangor.
5. Warong Sinarnor Nasi Lemak Kukus
LRT/MRT: Chan Sow Lin
Walk: 600 metres
Hours: Daily 7 am to noon/finish.
Add: Jalan 2/89c, Chan Sow Lin, 55200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
6. Ali Muthu Ah Hock
LRT/MRT: Pasar Seni
Walk: 200 metres
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm.
Add: 13 Jalan Balai Polis
7. Nasi Lemak Tanglin TTDI
Walk: 200 metres
Hours: 7 AM– 12PM
Add: Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Last but not least….
My original article is usually longer/ ‘more complete’ since I wrote on and on without restriction.
Understandably, due to space constraints, the original was edited prior to publication. Thus I’ve shared my original article as above.
You may also find that my articles for this Prasarana x Malay Mail x Rebecca Saw series rather diplomatic/non- opinionated, but it is meant to be so as per the brief given.
Anyhow, if you think I’ve missed out on some eateries worth highlighting near any MRT/LRT stations, please let me know! I’ll be sure to go check it out.
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Thank you and I look forward to your suggestions!