It may be safe to say that nasi lemak is the unofficial favourite breakfast of most Malaysians. With that in mind, it was worth taking a second look and this time we have included the more elaborate stalls which offer a variety of other dishes. The ‘lemak’ comes from the rice cooked with coconut cream and pandan or ginger added for fragrance. Nasi lemak can be as simple as topping with ikan bilis sambal or fried ikan bilis, cucumber slices, fried peanuts and a segment of a hard-boiled egg; or it can be more elaborate with the additional of: fried chicken, rendang, curry, sotong sambal, cooked vegetables and topped with a fried egg. Whatever your preference is, one is spoilt for choice.
Canning Corner (Halal), Jalan Lee Kwee Foh, Canning Garden
Gingery fragrant rice with spicy sambal. Value for money – only 80 sen without an egg.
Pusat Makanan dan Minuman YY, Jalan Che Tak (New Town)
Pre packed at RM1.30 each. Very tasty with ikan bilis sambal, a quarter egg, fried peanuts and cucumber.
Neli’s Deli (Halal), 71 Jalan Raja Ekram (New Town)
Rice topped with spicy sambal, lots of small delicious crispy fried ikan bilis and a fried egg sunny side up – RM2.50 – also has sotong sambal.
Monday-Friday: 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m., Saturday: 8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Sundays closed.
Kedai Kopi Sin Choi Yuen, 45 Taman Sembilan, Taman Pertama
Nasi lemak comes with sambal, fried ikan bilis and peanuts – RM3. It is a little bit sweet.
Nasi Pandan @ Aneka Selera Ipoh Garden (Glutton Square)
Not your usual lemak rice but tasty pandan rice with ikan bilis sambal, cucumber and a fried egg; you can add other dishes too – RM3.50.
Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang (Halal), Jln Fair Park a short distance from 7-Eleven
Lovely lady selling cone-shaped bundles of nasi lemak neatly wrapped in banana leaf – RM1.50. Fragrant rice topped with ikan bilis sambal, a bit of salted fish, half an hard-boiled egg and cooked french beans. She is there from 6.30 p.m. and on weekends from 5.00 p.m.
Nasi Lemak Malay (Halal) @ Kafe WK Garden East, 6 Jalan Medan Ipoh 2, Taman Medan Ipoh
Fragrant rice with spicy sambal, fried ikan bilis and peanuts. Different varieties of nasi lemak from RM3-5.