Unofficially but unanimously, nasi lemak is the national dish of Malaysia. Nasi lemak is the go-to breakfast for most Malaysians, but it is so well-loved that people will have it any time of the day, hence the birth of night time nasi lemak. Need we mention all the other nasi lemak-inspired dishes, such as nasi lemak burger and even nasi lemak cake? We really do love our nasi lemak, so let us bring you to 15 best nasi lemak in KL & PJ! ❤
1. Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa (Kampung Baru, KL)
No newbie in the nasi lemak community, Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa has been operating since the 80s. And get this: this nasi lemak in KL serves nasi lemak at night! Actually, more than just at night. Besides the 6 hours from 12 pm – 6 pm, you can practically get your nasi lemak fix anytime! 😄
Local and international celebrities have graced Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa over the years, and they even have a wall of fame to prove it. If it’s good enough to attract celebrities, you can be sure that it’s one of the best nasi lemak in KL! Tip: their signature dish is the nasi lemak ayam goreng berempah, in which the fried chicken, crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside, will leave you craving for more. 👍
⏰ Opening Hours: 6 pm – 12 am on Mondays, and open daily at all hours except 12 pm – 6 pm
📍 Location: 4, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
2. Nasi Lemak Wanjo (Kampung Baru, KL)
A short walking distance away from Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa lies Nasi Lemak Wanjo, yet another famous nasi lemak in KL. Named after the matriarch of the family Mak Wanjor, Nasi Lemak Wanjo has been in operations since 1963, and their Facebook page proudly states “rahsia warisan turun-temurun” (secret recipe passed down through generations). 😮
Highly regarded as one of the best nasi lemak in KL, Nasi Lemak Wanjo started off just as a roadside stall, but now they have an eatery! Their sambal is on the sweet side, but for those who like it spicy, don’t miss out on their sambal sotong, which will deliver the right amount of kick! Nasi Lemak Wanjo also serves nasi lemak as breakfast and supper alike. 😉
⏰ Opening Hours: 6:30 am – 12 pm and 3 pm – 12:30 am daily
📍 Location: 8, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
3. Nasi Lemak Peel Road (Maluri, KL)
Also known as “Chinese Nasi Lemak”, this nasi lemak in KL is a non-halal one. Despite not being a traditional Chinese dish, this “Chinese Nasi Lemak” has been in operations for more than 40 years, and its long history is testament to its achievement. 😮
Operating in a Chinese coffee shop which also features other Chinese food stalls as per typical kopitiam, Nasi Lemak Peel Road’s ordering style follows the Chinese zhap fan (mixed rice) process. First, you get your rice, then you select your side dishes before proceeding towards the essentials: cucumber, anchovies, nuts, and such. There are over 10 side dishes to choose from, but the wild boar curry and sotong sambal come highly recommended! 👍
⏰ Opening Hours: 2:30 – 8:30 pm daily, closed on Thursdays and Fridays
📍 Location: 88, Jalan Peel, Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
4. Warong Kak Long (Cheras, KL)
A nasi lemak in Cheras, Warong Kak Long has a very pleasant surprise for us, very pleasant indeed. As of 2017, their nasi lemak bungkus still only cost an amazing 50 cents per packet! (Any of our readers who visited frequently can help us clarify if it’s the same price currently?) 😆
With all its goodness and value for money, Warong Kak Long sells about 200 packets of nasi lemak bungkus in a day, and they usually sell out by 11 am. A classic example of the early bird gets the worm! Their sambal is spicy, and their chicken juicy and infused with the flavour of lemongrass. What a treat! However, if you unfortunately miss out on nasi lemak, it’s okay. You can always follow up with their nasi campur for lunch instead! ☺
⏰ Opening Hours: 6 am – 3 pm daily, closed on Mondays
📍 Location: 12, 10, Jalan Suasana 2/7, Tun Hussein Onn, 43200 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
5. Big Tree Head Mamak (Kepong Baru, KL)
Mamak, or nasi lemak? The best part about being Malaysian is all these local fusions! This nasi lemak in Kepong is well-known amongst the locals, and has been operating for the past 30 years or so. 😄
The fried chicken here takes centrestage, as people who have been to this nasi lemak can’t stop singing its praises. The chicken is fried to crispy perfection, whereas the meat inside remains moist, juicy, and tender. The result of this perfection comes from the owner’s own recipe, as well as many trial-and-errors over the years, finally coming up with something that customers love! Also, the nasi here has less santan, but more ginger and lemongrass, ensuring that the rice is bursting with flavour. 😍
⏰ Opening Hours: 4 pm – 4 am daily
📍 Location: Persiaran Mergastua, Kepong Baru, 52100 Kuala Lumpur.
6. Ann Nasi Lemak (Pudu, KL)
Another “Chinese Nasi Lemak”, this nasi lemak in KL too, is non-halal. Its signature dish? Pork skin curry. There are actually a variety of other side dishes and curries to go along with the nasi lemak, but the ones that customers really put on a pedestal is their pork skin curry, so you do not want to miss out on that. 👍
A close second to the pork skin curry is their sambal sotong, but their nasi lemak is frequently paired with sambal kerang as well! Really, you could take your pick here with the curries on display. Again, following the zhap fan style of ordering, you can choose what you want by yourself. 😄
⏰ Opening Hours: 6:30 am – 12:30 pm, closed on Mondays and Fridays
📍 Location: Kompleks Perniagaan Bersepadu Pudu, Jalan 1/77C, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
7. Nasi Lemak Sentul (Taman Kosmo Jaya, KL)
Yet another non-halal nasi lemak in KL, this nasi lemak is famed for its pork rib curry, as well as its chicken rendang. Similar to the other “Chinese Nasi Lemak” stalls, Nasi Lemak Sentul offers about a dozen side dishes for you to pair your nasi lemak up with. ☺
What really seals the deal for most people is the good value for money; prices are kept affordable even as you pile your plate with a whole lot of food. Also, you might want to arrive really early for this one. The queue actually starts before they’re even open for business, so you’ll have to step up your waiting/queueing game if you want a bite of this famous nasi lemak! 😁
⏰ Opening Hours: 5:45- 7:45 pm daily, closed on Sundays
📍 Location: 1062-1064, Jalan Sentul, Taman Kosmo Jaya, 51100 Kuala Lumpur.
8. Nasi Lemak Saleha (Pusat Perindustrian Sri Rampai, KL)
Originally a nasi lemak bungkus in Kampung Pandan which was only a pop-up stall, Nasi Lemak Saleha today has its own eatery in Sri Rampai! 👍
Besides the nasi lemak essentials which are cucumber, hard-boiled egg, anchovies, nuts, and sambal, the one side dish you cannot afford to miss out on is their fried chicken. Infused with herbs and spices, Nasi Lemak Saleha’s fried chicken is no ordinary poultry. If you’re not into fried chicken (highly unlikely though, isn’t it?), then perhaps you might want to try out their chicken rendang, which has been described as “rich”, so really, you have a tough choice between the two chicken dishes. 😆
⏰ Opening Hours: 6 am – 1 am Sundays to Thursdays, 6 am – 2 am Fridays and Saturdays
📍 Location: No. 8, Jalan Seri Rejang 5, Pusat Perindustrian Sri Rampai, 53300 Kuala Lumpur.
9. Nasi Lemak Tanglin (Tasik Perdana, KL)
Nasi Lemak Tanglin is definitely worth a visit, because not only do you get to enjoy a hearty breakfast of excellent nasi lemak, but you also get to enjoy some quality time with Mother Nature afterwards. 😍
Probably one of the most authentic nasi lemak in KL having been in operations since 1948, Nasi Lemak Tanglin is situated within Perdana Botanical Gardens, hence the abundance of nature. You can even visit the Bird Park or Butterfly Park! The rice served here is soft and fluffy, but what really draws attention is their famous side dish, which is the beef rendang. Oh, and if you have exotic taste, they have fried cow lungs and liver too. 😋
⏰ Opening Hours: 7 am – 1 pm daily
Location: Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
10. Nasi Lemak Mek Sambal Warisan (Taman Dagang, KL)
The last nasi lemak in KL on our list, Nasi Lemak Mek Sambal Warisan is located in Taman Dagang. You won’t be able to resist their nasi lemak bungkus, for each packet contains so much nasi lemak perfection. 😋
Again, as of 2017, each packet is very reasonably priced at RM 1 (dear readers in the area, would you confirm with us the current pricing?), and although the portion isn’t considered big, you can always get more nasi lemak bungkus! Besides their delicious side dishes, they have another specialty: green tea! Make sure you don’t miss out on that as well! 😍
⏰ Opening Hours: 6 am – 12 pm and 5 pm – 2 am daily, closed on Mondays
📍 Location: G-12, Jalan Dagang Besar, Taman Dagang, 68000 Kuala Lumpur.
11. Nasi Lemak Bumbung (Sea Park, PJ)
And now, we move on to nasi lemak in PJ! First off, we have Nasi Lemak Bumbung, which is located in Seapark. Don’t worry, Nasi Lemak Bumbung isn’t really located on a rooftop (ha ha), but instead in a long alleyway. And that’s as authentic as it can get because this is Malaysian-style dining, y’all! Eating in crowds while sweating it out amidst the chatter, like that only got feel ma! 😎
Anyway, we weren’t kidding about the crowd and heat since it’s basically outdoor dining. What’s different about this nasi lemak in PJ is their runny-yolk-egg, compared to other nasi lemak which usually serves hard-boiled egg. To spot this hidden gem, look out for Maybank! 😁
⏰ Opening Hours: 5:30 pm – 4 am daily, 5:30 pm – 12 am Sundays
📍 Location: Jalan 21/11b, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
12. Nasi Lemak Medan Selera 223 (PJ, Selangor)
Okay, so it’s a battle between these two nasi lemak in PJ. In this 24-hour food court, there are two nasi lemak stalls: Nasi Lemak Yati, and Nasi Lemak Suri. According to most customers, their differences aren’t that significant, except that Nasi Lemak Yati’s sambal is spicier, while Nasi Lemak Suri’s rice is softer and fluffier. 😋
It all depends on your personal preference, but since you’re there anyway, why don’t you give both of them a try? Some have also said that every time they visit, the taste differs slightly, so think of it as a surprise; you’ll never know what you’re going to get, so you can keep going back, any time of the day! 😄
⏰ Opening Hours: 24 hours
📍 Location: Jalan 51a/223, Seksyen 51a, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
13. Chef Fauzey Nasi Lemak Goreng (PJ, Selangor)
Yet another famous nasi lemak in PJ, Chef Fauzey Nasi Lemak Goreng operates out of a food truck, which is definitely uncommon for a nasi lemak vendor. Even their recipe for what goes into a plate of nasi lemak differs slightly from the rest: with Chef Fauzey Nasi Lemak Goreng, you will get a fried prawn, chopped fried chicken, and crunchy coconut flakes fried with chilli on your nasi lemak! Not your typical nasi lemak, right? 😄
Chef Fauzey has a regular customer base who can’t get enough of his nasi lemak, so it’s time for you to try it out if you haven’t already! Oh, and this is a nasi lemak at night only, so make sure you plan your visits properly! ☺
⏰ Opening Hours: 6:30 pm – 11 pm on weekdays, closed on weekends
📍 Location: Jalan Sentosa 3/57, PJ Old Town, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
14. Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock (PJ, Selangor)
Just by reading the name, you know this is definitely the Malaysian hangout place. Located in Oasis Square Ara Damansara, this nasi lemak in PJ is served within a vintage-decor-inspired-yet-modern kopitiam. Its decorations will take you back to olden Malaysia/Malaya, but its ordering process is performed through an order chit, hence the modernity. ☺
Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock is famous for its nasi lemak ayam berempah, which literally means spiced chicken nasi lemak. Furthermore, their sambal is rather spicy, so all you chilli kings and queens may find your spice satisfaction here. 👍
⏰ Opening Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily
📍 Location: Oasis Square, Lot B-G-01, 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
15. Nasi Lemak Village Park (PJ, Selangor)
Last but not least, how could we leave out Nasi Lemak Village Park, which arguably is one of the best nasi lemak in PJ? Even if you for some reason don’t like or just don’t eat nasi lemak, you have to had heard of this one. 😁
You start off with the piping hot rice. Oh, it’s just like falling into a coconut-infused cloud. Listen to the sweet sound of the cr-cr-crunch as you take your first bite of the chicken, which then gives way to a burst of tender flavour as your teeth grazes the soft meat below. Sounds like a dream come true? We don’t need to say more, for mere words will be doing Nasi Lemak Village Park an injustice! 😍
⏰ Opening Hours: 7 am – 7:30 pm daily, 7 am – 6 pm on Sundays
📍 Location: No. 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Share them with us in the comments below! 😋
Which nasi lemak in KL & PJ would you recommend?
Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa
Nasi Lemak Wanjo
Nasi Lemak Peel Road
Warong Kak Long
Big Tree Head Mamak
Ann Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak Sentul
Nasi Lemak Saleha
Nasi Lemak Tanglin
Nasi Lemak Mek Sambal Warisan
Nasi Lemak Bumbung
Nasi Lemak Medan Selera 223
Chef Fauzey Nasi Lemak Goreng
Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock
Nasi Lemak Village Park