What is better than Nasi Lemak?

Some say NASI BERINGIN. (Beringin….sounds soooo salacious no?)

Just as the name suggest, its a dish that supposedly leaves you yearning for more. Think desire, longing, craving…or a little off the mark; obsession, infatuation, scandal

Crispy crackly skin (really good!), tender flesh and a well portioned piece. (Probably an A cup ;p)
Nothing lavish, it was a most satisfying meal nonetheless. The pickled achar – cucumber & pineapple was on the watery side and lacked the sharp tang of the vinegar.
But that’s ok, considering that the rice was already rich and oily, and moderately pungent from all the spices.
Coupled with the sambal and the sides available such as beef rendang, sambal sotong and so forth, this light version of pickled cucumber compliments the whole meal nicely.
An egg may just be an egg. But I’m fussy about my eggs.
Cooking eggs may not be rocket science; (& eating out as much as I do), I’m always confronted with overcooked eggs, be it fried or boiled.

Now, this one was beauuutifullll… the whites bouncy and soft and cuts through easily via a spoon; the yellow center moist and powdery; with the melt-on-the-tongue-like texture. I could easily wallop 3 at a go! And top all that with great sweet sambal.

Huge cauldron of nasi beringin… sold out everyday.
Notice the pink plates? Reminds me of my school days! Cheap plastic plates for those RM1.50 nasi lemak or char bee hoon…
The fried chicken tray. You don’t have to wait long for the piping hot ones from the kuali. It is replenished pretty quickly since majority of the customers goes for the chicken.
Pretty decent prices for the quality and portion. Keeping in mind too that this is BANGSAR.
Now, the mother of all treats would be a plate of nasi beringin with ayam goreng,
daging rendang, sotong and telur sambal. The works! Yes, must definitely go for that the next round!

I was told that one of the “secret” ingredient for their gravy is kaki ayam (chicken feet), which is cooked with the gravy. Apparently on certain days you can get some to go with your order. I didn’t see it that day so I can’t vouch for that.

Curious as to what makes Nasi Beringin different from Nasi Lemak, I googled for some recipes..and found that it is very much the spices that influence the taste of the rice.
Coconut milk still dominates, but ghee or margarine is a must.
Tastewise, it is definitely different from nasi lemak.
Plus the rice was much more fragrant and “wet”. (No, the grains were not fluffy and perfectly separated. Some parts are clumped together)
Since I had no comparison, I assume for now it is meant to be as such.

So far I have received only 2 tip-offs on places that serves Nasi Beringin, here and Restaurant Nasi Beringin in Kampung Baru, opposite the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), Menara Wawasan.
This place supposedly serves authentic Mi Bandung Muar too.
Will be heading there some time next week. .. 😉

Anyhow, for those foodies out there who haven’t tried this, it is here:
Level 2, Menara Mutiara Bangsar,
Jalan Liku, off Jalan Riong

Landmarks: NST & China Press (on Jalan Riong), Petronas petrol station (on Jalan Bangsar not the one on Jalan Maarof).

Getting there: Take the Putra LRT to the Abdullah Hukum station. Walk to the Petronas petrol station (about 10 minutes away). Menara Mutiara Bangsar is just behind the Petronas petrol station.

Going up to Level 2 to the food court can be tricky. DO NOT TAKE THE MAIN LIFT. Take the lift behind Latha Cafe (an Indian restaurant) in the building or use the stairs.

It is stall number 20 and is open from 12pm to 2pm. (the food court is open 7am to 6pm)
There is a perpetual queue and is sold out daily by 130pm.

GPS: Lat N 03 07” 34.8’, Long E 101 40” 44.8’

The spices used in the making of the rice: (full recipes soon)
Clove or bunga cengkih. Right: Kayu manis or Cinnamon.

Cardamon, ( buah pelaga). Right: Star Anise – Bunga Lawang.

Fenugreek or biji halba.

Oh yeah, other than these 2 places, any one know of any other Nasi Beringin proprietors??

This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. gourmand extraordinaire

    Wow. You’re a prolific wordsmith yourself. I like the way you write!!

  2. Allie

    The fried chicken got my vote!

  3. thenomadGourmand

    gourmand extraordinaire: oh nooo..i’m stil tryin to expand my vocab beyond “sweet” “spicy”, “moist” “tender” hahaa
    allie: oh yess..its good.

  4. Agnes Cheong

    Long times din hav nasi lemak le..sorethroat n flu now so anti-hot n spicy food. T_T arrrrhhh~~~~ I linked u to my blog,is tht ok for u? 😛

  5. backStreetGluttons

    Your after eating research deserves a special award in itself !
    Very few “connoisseurs” do that…

  6. burpandslurp

    this is the first time I’ve heard of nasi beringin, I’m ashamed to say!
    I’m just like you though, I HATE overcooked eggs! I like my yolks nice and runny, or at the most soft and moist.

  7. thenomadGourmand

    Agnes : of course its ok. thk u so much for doin so!
    bsg: me = food = eat = happy ;p
    burpandslurp: They don’t hv this in Sg?

  8. thenomadGourmand

    agnes: checked out ur blog! I wanna that ice cream in ur hometwn! How come i cant leave comment on ur post?

  9. worldwindows

    That’s cheap. And the chicken was done without batter?! I like it better:) with strong infusion of spices.

  10. 550ml jar of faith

    Hey your posts are getting more and more interesting, really well-written! Love how you described the egg… a well-cooked fresh egg can make or break a meal, esp if it’s nasi lemak! Great find!

  11. thenomadGourmand

    worldwindows: yes, no batter! i hate those battered ones too.. like a coat of fake flavouring
    550ml: thk u thk u…and oh… u mean my prev posts were boring?? ;p

  12. Bangsar-bAbE

    I heard a lot about this place but have yet to try it. Your description of the food is making me salivate!! 😉

  13. cariso

    Thanks for the extra info, lesson learnt. 🙂

  14. gill gill

    hey, i’m a nasi lemak face! do bring me the best nasi lemak yeah!? heee

  15. thenomadGourmand

    bangsar-babe: u got to go try at least once! wont say it superb or anything but it is “different”.
    cariso: hehhe..dun think Pg got hor??
    gill: oh definitely!

  16. Selba

    If you come to Jakarta, you gotta try Nasi Uduk, it’s almost the same like nasi lemak 🙂

  17. J2Kfm

    hey now this is new to me!

    never heard of, really! coconut milk and margarine and ghee?!!!

    wow. who needs side dishes eh?

  18. Nic (KHKL)

    oh, kaki ayam! i guess it does make sense cos chicken feet are gelatinous in nature. so, it should give the kuah some nice, smooth texture. yummy!

  19. Sugar Bean

    Awww… We miss nasi lemak so much, half a globe away from the authentic nasi lemak. Wonder where this place is, gonna check it out when I’m back in KL! =)

  20. Tummythoz

    Rice cooked with santan + ghee? Double syiok and ten-fold ‘poisonous’!

    I’m sold. Will try to look out for d one at Kg Baru. TQ for d tip.

  21. CUMI & CIKI

    oh yar.. we were just there.. don’t know why we didn’t think to eat there… oh yar.. heavy rain!

  22. thenomadGourmand

    selba: Nasi uduk…*scribbling dwn on "to eat in JKK list"
    J2Kfm: jz tell me when ur in KL!
    nic: really?? mu be why our chinese braised chic feet gravy taste soooo gd!
    sugar bean: yes yes..i can imagine hw hard it must be not to hv nasi lemak & all our msian delicacies…
    tummythoz: hoho..fragrant man!
    cumi& ciki: i wouldnt hv gone thre to eat also if not for the tip on Nasi Beringin..usually avoid fd courts!

  23. Wilson Ng

    When are you going to tag me for food reviews?

    Please remember to link me as well.

    Long time never see you since the mamak place.

    How you doing girl? When wanna do food review with Rachel, Joyce and the gang?

    Wilson Ng

  24. Myhorng

    nothing better nasi lemak for sure but nasi lemak is good for heart attack 😛

  25. thenomadGourmand

    wilson: hey hey..didnt know u are a flogger too! ok, hopping ovr to ur blog now!
    myhorng: yes, nasi lemak remains my fav too! but do try nasi beringin..rice is diff..

  26. Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy

    Rice cooked with Santan AND Ghee? Omigod I thought an English Breakfast was a heart attack on a plate. But I guess it must taste mighty good 🙂

  27. thenomadGourmand

    allan & Nigel: hello! thks so much for droppin by! go and try it..it's different..but some might find akin to eating "nasi minyak"

  28. Life for Beginners

    This may be the next level in rich santany goodness. Might it also overtake Village Park for my Saturday morning venue of choice? Hmm… 🙂

  29. thenomadGourmand

    LfB: oh no..there’s somethin abt nasi lemak tat’s not substitute-able! this taste diff, to me not so addictive somehow..;)

  30. §pinzer

    wow wow how on earth did i have the honour to meet you?!

    haha cool beans man will I be seeing you tomorrow?

  31. Andrew

    Nasi Lemak must go Hang Tuah!!!!!!!! LOL =D CHinese Nasi Lemak night one!! That one the sambal best!!


  32. thenomadGourmand

    andrew: really? hang tuah where? it is the nasi lemak Jln San Peng? super expensive one??

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  35. thenomadGourmand

    fbb: ya lor! i was wonderig whether u tried?
    heehe..i read post n comments as well so yup, i realized many floggers got it already. will chk out the site 1st.. legit or not…hhmmm

  36. Nasi Lemak Seri Wangi

    I wish you had some time to drop by Gombak for some nasi lemak. Not sure it’ the best you’ve ever tasted but I can guarantee that you’ll be impressed. Drop me an email and we could set up a food tasting for you. Thanks!

    1. Rebecca

      Hi there! I luv nasi lemak & certainly wont mind trying yours. Hw do I email you?

      1. Nasi Lemak Seri Wangi

        Becca, if you have facebook go look up nasi lemak seri wangi! Happy New Year!

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        Hi hi! For sure I will. Love nasi lemak!

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    Oh man, That post of yours is like a resurgence to my heart, you saved me ! LOL. I so need a Nasi Lemak now!

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