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A Malaysian staple that's eaten at all hours of the day, from breakfast to supper, nasi lemak can range from mediocre to mouth-watering. These roadside stalls and restaurants take pride in serving the best version of nasi lemak in town.

Village Park

Located in the buzzing neighbourhood of Damansara Utama lies Village Park, a powerhouse when it comes to nasi lemak. Notable people such as Tun Dr Mahathir, Dato' Siti Nurhaliza and Neelofa love dining at this Chinese-Muslim restaurant to get their nasi lemak fix, as do I. Dishes such as the crispy fried chicken and beef rendang have good flavour profiles and if you want condiments, I'd recommend the sambal kerang (cockles) or sweet and spicy chilli sambal.

—   Syameen Salehaldin, writer
Village Park | 5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor | +603-7710 7860

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Nasi Lemak Wanjo Kampung Baru

When in Kampung Baru, there's something good to eat on every corner, from Ayam Bakar Wong Solo to cendol durian. Established in 1963, Nasi Lemak Wanjo is one of many stops that my cyclist friends and I frequent when riding in KL. You'll find a lot of classic Malay dishes to accompany your nasi lemak, like tempeh, chicken curry, and a variety of sambal (squid, beef lung, anchovies). Unlike nasi lemak at some places that are served cold, Wanjo's ingredients are fresh and the food is always hot.

Goh Kwee Jin, videographer

Nasi Lemak Wanjo Kampung Baru | 8, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur | +6011-6336 1963 | Daily, 6.30am - midnight

Nasi Lemak Tanglin

I had the nasi lemak with sambal paru (beef lung) at Nasi Lemak Tanglin. The paru were tender and chewy, though I'll concede that lungs are not for everyone. Before you eat there, know that the place is often bustling. The laidback vibe at this popular food court attracts folks from all walks of life.

—   Iskandar Ameen, intern

Nasi Lemak Tanglin | Tang Lin Food Court, Stall No 6, Jalan Cenderasari, Kuala Lumpur

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Taiping Boy Nasi Lemak

Taiping Boy Nasi Lemak is managed by Chinese owners who hail from (surprise, surprise) Taiping, Perak. What makes their branches unique is the fact that you can get Peranakan sides. Order the sweet and sour achar (a type of South Asian pickle) or the ladies' fingers sambal as a counterpoint to somnolent dishes like the deep and dusky beef rendang. I find the fluffy coconut rice here more fragrant than what you'd get from their contemporaries.

—   Samantha Lim, Tatler Dining project editor
Taiping Boy Nasi Lemak | (Bangsar) Chun Heong Coffee Shop, 16, Lorong Ara Kiri 2, KL; (Bandar Sri Damansara) Restaurant Woh, Jalan Cempaka SD12/2, KL; (PJ New Town) Restoran Kam Heong, 13, Jalan Tengah, PJ; (Damansara Kim) Restoran Golden Kim Wah, Jalan SS20/10, PJ

Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock

Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock is known for more than one dish, but their Nasi Lemak Ayam is to die for. Word goes round that they poached a chef from one of their competitors that's known for their fried chicken. Get a side of sambal kerang (cockles), which is also one of my favourites.

By the way, contrary to popular belief, Ali, Muthu and Ah Hock aren’t the owners of the franchise, but fictional characters symbolising the spirit of muhibbah in Malaysia.

—   Nicole Andres, account director
Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock | (Oasis Damansara) Lot B-G-01, Ground Floor Block B, Jalan PJU 1A/7, PJ; (Bangsar South) The Sphere, Upper Ground Level, KL; (Chinatown) 13, Jalan Balai Polis, KL

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