Ah, Village Park.
Hailed as the best nasi lemak in town, quite possibly in the whole of Malaysia, where tourists and locals alike flood to have a taste of their bestselling Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng. Village Park has been voted as the best Ayam Goreng by Blogger’s Choice in 2011 as well as Time Out KL Food Awards 2014, this restaurant has earned a shiny reputation – with good reason!
But is Village Park really the best? Or are there nasi lemak places out there that can rival Village Park? Here is a list of our favourite nasi lemak places that are just as good (maybe even better) than Village Park!
Mamalee @ Uptown Damansara
Craving Village Park Nasi lemak but queue’s way too long to get any? Worry not for Mamalee’s is only a stone’s throw away from Village Park anyways! Originally from Penang, the Khoo family serves nasi lemak with a nyonya influence; their nasi lemak is so delicious that some might even say is better than Village Park!
The nasi lemak comes complete with a huge piece of fried chicken or ayam masak merah. A bite into your meal here is like receiving a huge warm hug. Prices here costs significantly less than Village Park which means you’re saving money too!
Address: Mamalee, 27M, First Floor, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-1030am, 11am-5pm
Warung Nasi Lemak Pak Ayob @ Shah Alam
This nasi lemak place always attracts a huge crowd of locals anxiously waiting to grab a packet of nasi lemak for themselves. Warung Nasi Lemak Pak Ayob is a well-known nasi lemak place at Shah Alam and always find themselves with many loyal & returning customers.
What is interesting about this nasi lemak is that it has all the quintessential hallmarks of a nasi lemak, completed with sambal, chicken, cucumbers, egg, peanuts and anchovies, but with an added fragrance of banana leaf and pandan too. The sambal is incredibly flavorful – a seamless blend of sweet and spicy.
If you’re craving Pak Ayob’s nasi lemak, you better be ready to queue!
Address: 31, Jalan Singa G 20/G, Seksyen 20, 40300 Shah Alam, Selangor
Opening hours: Everyday, 6.30am-12pm, 6pm-12am
Nasi Lemak Sambal Warisan Opah @ USJ 9
Nasi lemak Sambal Warisan Opah serves one of the best nasi lemak in the Subang area and Subang-ites can testify! This restaurant claims to have a history dating back to 1960, so you know they’re legit.
Apart from selling pre-packed nasi lemak, they also serve fresh batches as well. Each packet only cost a measly RM1 – where else can you get nasi lemak at that price anymore, especially if the place is so near to the city? The nasi lemak sambal is incredibly tasty and exquisite, with the sambal adding a richness and spicy punch to it. They also offer other dishes such as sambal squid, beef rendang and fried chicken which looks like it has been fried to perfection!
Address: 7, Jalan USJ 9/5p, Subang Business Centre, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Everyday except Tuesdays, 5am-5pm
Nasi Lemak Saleha @ Ampang
Nasi Lemak Saleha is a true hidden gem in Ampang. Its owner Kak Saleha has been in the business for more than 3 decades now and yet the restaurant has been at the same spot in Kampung Pandan since it started. It is famous for its rendang chicken, as well as a crazy good sambal that goes perfectly well with its fluffy coconut rice.
Address: No. 2, Jln Seri Rejang 4, Taman Sri Rampai, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Everyday 6am-1am.