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Nasi Lemak in Malaysia

Malaysia is a heaven destination for food lovers out there. With the easy availability of foods, some of the eateries are open 24 hours a day and also the amount of varieties to cater to different taste buds makes Malaysia one of the destinations for food lovers. Some like their food spicy and some like it mild; there is always something for anybody in Malaysia.

Today we will take a look at the infamous Nasi Lemak or Coconut Rice. The basic ingredients are white rice, screwpine (or pandan leaves), salt and grated coconut. And it needs to be taken with its own paste or Sambal, where the most famous would be Sambal Ikan Bilis (anchovies). Together with hard-boiled eggs and cucumber makes up your basic Nasi Lemak. For extras; you can add either chicken, beef or even cuttlefish to suit your needs.
A basic Nasi Lemak wrapped in pandan leaves can be had for as low as RM1 especially those which are being sold by the roadside. You might have to eat 2-3 servings to fill your stomach. Whereas the Nasi Lemak with extras can set you back up to RM5. Definitely money well spent.

And you can find Nasi Lemak almost everywhere from the stalls by the roadside or in a proper restaurant, some even comes with fully air-conditioned rooms for you to enjoy your Nasi Lemak further. Some of the more famous Nasi Lemak eateries are Nasi Lemak Cikgu in Petaling Jaya, Selangor; Village Park in Damansara Utama, Selangor and Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.

There you have it for today. Hope you know what Nasi Lemak is and where to find the best Nasi Lemak in town. A word of caution though, since most Malaysians like their Nasi Lemak spicy; be prepared to take lots of water after eating your Nasi Lemak especially to those who cannot handle the spicyness. ☺


/// Written by Eza Ezamie, Malaysia