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Unusual nasi lemak dishes in KL

Have nasi lemak as anything but your usual plate at these places in KL

By Time Out KL editors

For the adventurous nasi lemak lover looking for a different take on the country's pride and joy dish (nasi lemak sushi, gelato), brave your tastebuds for these dishes in KL that taste almost like the real deal. Bring your appetite and an open mind. 

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Lemak Sandwich at Fēst, RM14

Restaurants Cafés Petaling Jaya

Replacing santan-soaked nasi with sourdough bread and toasted coconut, Fēst at Jaya One's Lemak Sandwich comes stuffed with the café's chicken waffles, homemade sambal, egg strips, cucumber, ikan bilis and peanuts. It's a surprise favourite thanks to the quite excellent homemade sambal and tender chicken waffles by Chef Jia Yuan, and the fact that nasi lemak as a sandwich is one of the more palatable versions of our national dish.

Olfactory Bulb nasi lemak waffle
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Nasi Lemak Mangkuk at Olfactory Bulb, RM26

Bars and pubs Kota Damansara

Olfactory Bulb’s infamous Wafflemesses (waffle bowls) have always included Asian/local favourites such as som tam and pisang goreng cheese, so a nasi lemak version is only natural. The Nasi Lemak Mangkuk consists of waffles, a scoop of Kapiti Anzac coconut ice cream, shredded zucchini, crushed satay fish, shredded cheese and topped with the bar’s own housemade sambal sauce and peanut chunks. Surprisingly, this seemingly unorthodox combination of sweet and savoury works well. You can also add on chicken serunding for RM5. 


Nasi lemak sushi at RUYI and LYN, RM43

Bars and pubs Bangsar

Have your nasi lemak in sushi form at Bangsar’s RUYI & LYN, where tiny quail's eggs (done sunny side-up), a sprinkle of anchovies, carefully placed peanuts and a blob of sambal top sushi-sized nasi before a thin layer of cucumber wraps everything up. It may be a mini version of the everyday dish, but the nasi lemak sushi still packs flavour.

The nasi lemak sushi is served in a platter of six alongside chicken rice sushi and mango sticky rice sushi. 

Nasi lemak gelato at Cielo Dolci, RM8.50 per scoop

Restaurants Cafés Solaris Dutamas

Essentially coconut gelato coupled with chilli sprinkles, peanuts and a dusting of anchovies, this nasi lemak gelato bears an uncanny resemblance to the real thing, but in a creamy and savoury artisanal dessert package. The flavour's only available periodically, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.


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