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Nasi lemak is widely recognized by Malaysians as their quick go-to breakfast or lunch choice.
It is a Malay traditional fragrance rice (cooked with coconut milk and pandan leaf), often packed with the basics like fried anchovies, hard-boiled eggs, cucumber slices and drenched in sweet sambal sauce.
Ali Nasi Lemak at Sri Weld
This stall at Sri Weld Food Court is one of those that has been around for a long time and still maintained the tradition of wrapping their nasi lemak with banana leaf instead of newspaper and plastic sheets.
Besides the “basics” that we mentioned above, Ali Nasi Lemak also offers several varieties like: prawns, cuttlefish, chicken, fish and salted fish with fried anchovies and a quarter egg.
The packed food here are often snatched up quickly by the crowds during lunch hours. So if you’re a big eater, be sure to get at least two packets with different variety while there are any left!
Ali Nasi Lemak
Operating Hours: Opens daily 7am - 4pm, close on Sunday
Nasi Lemak is a Malay traditional fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk and pandan leaf (screwpine); this is also a national dish of Malaysia.
Traditionally, it used to be a dish for breakfast; now it can be eaten any time throughout the day thanks to how conveniently it is readily packed.
While the basic version of Nasi Lemak comes with fried anchovies, peanuts, boiled egg (in half or quarter), cucumber slices and drenched in sweet sambal sauce (chili paste).
There are also variations that offers choices like sambal squids, sambal fish, tamarind fried prawns, fried chicken, or beef rendang.
The sweet sambal sauce is the most important part of Nasi Lemak to many who enjoys their spicy meal; with the fragrant rice playing an important role to fullfill the craves for this traditional dish.
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Photo credit: @benbbong