Ah, our Malaysian staple… What else could it be, but nasi lemak? Some even call it the national dish of Malaysia. It’s pretty much one of the only dishes that I truly missed while studying overseas, and could not replicate myself! In my opinion, a great dish of nasi lemak is judged on whether or not the sambal is good. It doesn’t matter if the rice, chicken, etc. is good if the sambal isn’t!

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We went around hunting for some of the most delicious nasi lemak places around, and put together a list for you!


#1: 6 to 10 Nasi Lemak and Grill @ Aman Suria

Formerly located in Section 17, 6 to 10 Nasi Lemak and Grill moved its operation to Aman Suria last year, and brought along its huge fan base. Just for the record, this is a non-halal nasi lemak place, as they serve some truly hard-to-find pork rendang. In addition to nasi lemak, they also serve Western food such as chicken chop, salad, soups, and pasta.

Address Operating Hours
No. C21, Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria, Petaling Jaya, 47301 Selangor.‎ Lunch (12pm-2:30pm), Dinner(6pm-10:30pm); Closed every Mon & Tues

#2: Madam Kwan’s @ BSC

Madam Kwan's @ BSC

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Madam Kwan's Nasi Lemak

Madam Kwan’s is famous for serving upscaled versions of local delights, and some of their best dishes include nasi lemak. Their nasi lemak is served with sambal, chicken curry, a hard-boiled egg, and some shrimp floss. Delicious, but only if you’re willing to pay upscale prices for the upscale ambience!

Address Operating Hours
F129, F130, F131 & F132 1st Floor, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur‎ Daily:11:00 am – 10:30 pm

#3: Old Town White Coffee

Old Town White Coffee

Old Town White Coffee shops have been mushrooming around Malaysia for years now, so we decided to give their nasi lemak a shot!

Old Town White Coffee nasi lemak

Nasi lemak with curry chicken. Old Town serves a side of keropok with their nasi lemak—definitely a nice touch! The dish itself is not bad, and reasonably priced, too.

Address Operating Hours
No,11-13G,Jalan SS 21/60, Damasara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily: 9.00am – 11.30pm

You can check out more Old Town White Coffee outlets here: http://www.oldtown.com.my

#4: Pappa Rich @ 1 Utama

Pappa Rich @ 1 Utama

I ordered their nasi lemak with a twist—briyani rice, but… sadly, have to say that this dish was an absolute disappointment. After waiting for one hour for our food, we were served with a measly portion of rice and the smallest piece of beef rendang I’d ever seen, as well as a tiny piece of squid. Not sure what was going on with the curry as it was all watery and dilute… so, have to recommend that you guys give this a pass (maybe just this outlet in 1 Utama).

Address Operating Hours
G210, Ground Floor Promenade 1 Utama Shopping Centre Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Daily: 10am – 10pm

You can check out more Pappa Rich outlets here: http://www.papparich.com.my/


#5: Waffle World @ 1 Utama

Now, you wouldn’t guess that Waffle World serves nasi lemak, but they do, along with some other popular local dishes!

Waffle World

Have to admit that I was actually pretty impressed by their nasi lemak:

Waffle World Nasi Lemak

It was better than I had expected, and the portion was pretty generous as well.

Waffle World Nasi Lemak 2

The next time you pass by Waffle World, give this a shot for sure!

Address Operating Hours
S343A / Second Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan Sun – Thurs: 10am-10pm / Fri & Sat: 10am-10.30pm

You can check for more info about Waffle World in their own page in gomakan.com! Here’s the link: http://gomakan.com/go/waffle-world-at-one-utama
And last but not least (I’m the kind who saves the best for last)… The legendary Village Park nasi lemak that everyone’s been raving about for the past few years! The queue here is always obscene, and tables are placed everywhere inside, on the street, and on the walkway in front of the coffee shop. Guess that’s a testament to its deliciousness?

#6: Village Park

Village Park Nasi Lemak

Their fried chicken is made with a “secret batter”, which is what makes it taste so good. The sambal is also excellent, which contributes to its popularity!

Village Park Nasi Lemak 2

Address Operating Hours
5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open from 7 am to 8pm daily, 7 am to 6 pm on Sunday/Public Holiday

The standard has perhaps dropped a little, and on very busy days (weekends usually), the quality is noticeably lower than on quiet days… so, try to make it there during off-peak hours and you’d enjoy some of the best nasi lemak around town!