On Labor Day we took a LRT ride to Dang Wangi station looking for Yut Kee, an old coffee shop famous for their Hainanese food. We went pretty early thinking that there would be a huge crowd having breakfast due to the public holiday.
Unfortunately our assumption was totally wrong, as Yut Kee was closed. I guess they too need a rest lol. Disappointed and didn’t know where to go, we decided to take walk to KLCC and explore the new area (to us) while doing so.
Then, we stumbled on a large crowd queuing up at a road side stall just behind Dang Wangi LRT station. The curiosity got the better of us so we decided to check it out – it was a nasi lemak stall, called RA Nasi Lemak.
The nasi lemak’s fragrant coconut milk smell from the wooden barrel was so strong it was detectable before we even reached the stall.
At that time the name RA Nasi Lemak seemed vaguely familiar to me, like I seen it before somewhere. I only realized it was the famous Jalan Raja Abdullah‘s Nasi Lemak after some research upon returning home.
The nasi lemak is served buffet style here. Line up, take any plate of rice you like, add the peanuts, cucumber slices, egg and any dishes from the trays.
Feel free to take as much sambal as you want.
There were several dishes available, with most of them cooked in curry and sambal.
A serving of nasi lemak like this with some sambal sotong and a big piece of chicken rendang was only RM5. Very reasonable if you ask me.
Both dishes I took were great especially the sambal sotong. It had to be one of the best for me so far – not too chewy with the right level of spiciness.
The same couldn’t be said for the sambal though. No, don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t bad but because it was the sweet type. I just love the spicy variant a whole lot more.
I also like the fact that the nasi lemak is served the traditional way – on a banana leaf. The finely cooked rice with nicely separated grains and good texture was very enjoyable as well. For me, lumpy rice is a major no-no when it comes to nasi lemak, no matter the curry dishes and sambal’s tastiness.
A plain nasi lemak with only the basic ingredients without any dishes cost RM2, about sixty to eighty cents more expensive than the packet ones. But for the extra price paid, you get more rice and egg, and don’t forget the freshness too!
It was lucky of me to discover RA Nasi Lemak on a day seeming to end as an unfruitful food hunt day. If you are looking for fresh and tasty nasi lemak, which is reasonably priced as well then you should give RA Nasi Lemak a try. I think you won’t be disappointed.
15 Jalan Raja Abdullah,
Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.