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8 Best Nasi Lemak in Penang

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

It’s Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak has been a staple in the diet of everyday Malaysians. That's why the best Nasi Lemak places in Penang requires more attention.

Giving someone Nasi Lemak is like giving someone a small packet of love with tasty toppings and sides. This rice-based dish is cooked with santan (coconut cream) topped with sambal (spicy shrimp paste). It’s simple and delicious. It’s also cheap too!

Here are 8 Nasi Lemak in Penang that we think you would love to eat!

Note: Some of them you can takeaway with DROP too!

1. Ali Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang @ Sri Weld Food Court (DROP)

It’s known to be the King of Nasi Lemak in Penang. Ali Nasi Lemak is a cheap and delicious Nasi Lemak Stall right in front of Sri Weld Food Court. You can always find a queue lining to buy packets of Nasi Lemak. 🚶🏼‍♀️🚶🏼‍♂️🚶🏼‍♀️

They only sell simple packets of Nasi Lemak, there's no need for any fancy gimmick. It comes in 5 flavours.

🍛Ikan Bilis (RM1.80)

🍛Ikan Masin (RM1.80)

🍛Ikan (RM1.80)

🍛Sotong (We Love This) (RM1.80)

🍛Udang (RM1.80)

What Customers Think

Nasi Lemak Sotong, very spicy and taste nice! If can remove the things inside the sotong which can't chew and eat one is more comfortable. Anywhere thanks for the good food served!😋

Parking Situation: Private parking available at Sri Weld RM3 per hour. Otherwise, hard to find parking

Address: Sri Weld Food Court, Beach St, 10300, George Town, Penang

Operating Hours: 7 AM to 3 PM except for Sundays

2. Nasi Lemak Liverpool (DROP)

If you are not a fan of Football, you still must get their Nasi Lemak. Their portions are huge! The spiced fried chicken (ayam goreng berempah) is must to try.

If you are not up for Nasi Lemak, they've got Laksa, Char Koay Teow and Mee Jawa too.

Popular Food Item

🍛Nasi Lemak (RM2.00)

🍛Set Nasi Lemak Ayam (RM10.00)

🍛Set Nasi Lemak Ikan Goreng (RM9.00)

🍛Char Koay Teow (RM7.00)

What Customer Thinks

Excellent quality for the money. The signature fried chicken is properly crisp but tender and juicy. The sambal is to die for. Make sure you give it a good dollop. It's not as spicy as you might expect.

Parking Situation: It's a residential area, it will be difficult to find parking.

Address: 92, Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim, Jelutong, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hours: 6:30 PM - 1:30 AM

3. Projek Nasi Lemak @ Solaria Square (DROP)

Besides their colourful blue Nasi Lemak, Projek Nasi Lemak serves great fried chicken. If you are up for something seafoodie, there is also fried squid and fish. 🐟🦑🐔🦞

But what got them viral, was their Nasi Lemak Lobster (Half Lobster /Whole Lobster). You heard it right, you get a lobster paired with fragrant nasi lemak and tasty sambal. It’s not cheap tho, because well…...it’s lobster. Then again, some of the best things rarely are cheap.

Try out their Fried Squid Nasi Lemak. It's huge!

Popular Food Item

🍛Fried Chicken Nasi Lemak (RM15.90)

🍛Giant Squid Nasi Lemak (RM18.90)

🍛Half Lobster Nasi Lemak (RM48.00)

🍛Rempah Fish Nasi Lemak (RM11.90)

🍛Curry Chicken Nasi Lemak (RM14.90)

What Customer Thinks

For the Nasi Lemak Sotong, the serving portion is great.Squid was fried nicely. The sambal is spicy and the taste is nice.Try ordering the coconut ice-cream drink to pair up with your dish...Thumbs up!

Parking Situations: Parking Available around Solaria Square except during peak hours.

Address: 2-G-7, Solaria Square, Jalan Tun Dr Awang, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Operating Hours: 11:30 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 10:30 PM. Daily.

4. Jin Hoe Cafe Nasi Lemak

What makes Jin Hoe Cafe’s Nasi Lemak different is it’s Nyonya style, their rice is sticky and fragrant. Also, their sambal is bitter and spicy!

Each plate comes with either fried chicken, fried fish or grilled prawns along with the usual Nasi Lemak condiments.

Better be there early, they run out very fast! Be there by 9 AM!

What Customer Think

My Favourite Nyonya Nasi Lemak. Authentic Taste of Nyonya Nasi Lemak. I have been patronised the Cafe since in the 80s. I ♥️ the Assam Prawns 👍👍👍😋😋😋

Parking Situation: Difficult to find parking, high traffic road

Address: 46, Jalan Cantonment, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 8:30 AM till sold out (Closed on Sunday)

5. Alamak (DROP)

Late-night Nasi Lemak at ALAMAK, it's perfect for supper. Their portions are not too big to make you feel bloated at night! Try out their Nasi Lemak Goreng, paired with a nice piece of fried chicken, it's a perfect way to fill your supper appetite.

If you don't feel like eating Nasi Lemak, you can also order their Fried Maggie with Fried Chicken, Melting Cheese Zinger Burgers and Fish & Chips.

Popular Food Items

🍛Fried Chicken Nasi Lemak (RM10.90)

🍛Fried Maggie (RM5.50)

🍛Fried Chicken Maggie (RM9.90)

🍛Melt Cheese Zinger Chicken Burger (RM12.90)

What Customer Thinks

Ordered the chicken burger with melted cheese. Stupendous!! Chicken is crispy, melted cheese is fragrant with the sauce, highly recommended.

Parking Situation: Parking is hard to find on both streets. The later it gets, the easier to find parking.

Address: Krystal Square Lot 215, 2-1, Jalan Bukit Gambir, Kampung Seberang Paya, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Address: 175, Jalan Argyll, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 6:30 PM to 3 AM Daily

6. Nasi Lemak Kukus Pendekar Mustar (DROP)

Their best dish in our opinion is the Nasi Lemak with deep-fried chicken, which is famous! 🍚🍛🍗

We especially love their sambal and we think you'll love it too! There are always people in line waiting for their turn, prepare to wait! Unless you use DROP, * hint hint 😉

Popular Food Items

🍛Nasi Lemak Ayam Rempah (RM6.50)

🍛Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang Petai (RM6.00)

🍛Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung (RM9.50)

🍛Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang (RM6.50)

🍛Nasi Lemak Sotong Kering (RM6.00)

What Customer Thinks

I like the sambal is not overly sweet or salty.. the ikan bilis is very crunchy, the rice has nice coconut fragrance.. Highly recommended

Parking Situation: Illegal parking along the side of the road. Otherwise, a bit difficult to find parking.

Address: Jalan Bayan, Kampung Tersusun Sungai Ara, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Operating Hours: 4 PM - 11 PM. Closed on Fridays.

7. Uncle Lanz Nasi Lemak Sotong (DROP)

Another popular supper place🍛, if you want to fill your belly to the max, Uncle Lanz's is the place to go! The portions are huge. 😫

A huge piece of fried chicken and spicy sambal! 🔥🍗 It's heaven. 😍 We also recommend their Nasi Lemak Burger!

Popular Food Items

🍛Nasi Lemak Ayam (RM7.50)

🍛Nasi Lemak Sotong (RM6.50)

🍛Nasi Lemak Sotong Goreng Tepung (RM13.00)

🍛Burger Nasi Lemak (RM10)

🍛Chicken Chop BBQ Sauce (RM10.00)

What Customer Thinks

The Fried Chicken is huge and pairs well with the Nasi Lemak. The Sambal gravy is perfectly balanced in terms of sweetness and spiciness

Parking Situations: It's hard to park, as it's on a busy road. You can illegally park at the side of the street.

Address: 82, Jalan Mahsuri, Bayan Baru, 11950 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang

Operating Hours: 6:30 PM - 1 AM (Daily)

8. Nasi Lemak Paya Terubong

You know their Nasi Lemak is good when the queue starts as early as 4 AM. 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️

With their tangy and spicy sambal, it compliments their crispy shrimps! What else can we say? It’s good Nasi Lemak! Better be early, if you don’t want to miss out.

What Customers Think

The nasi lemak and asam prawn is to die for :)

Parking Situation: A bit difficult to find but not impossible.

Paya Terubong: 200, Jalan Paya Terubong, 11060 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 4 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (Closed on Sunday)

Kafe Sin Teong Nam: 10-D, Jalan Air Itam, 11500 Air Itam, Pulau Pinang.

Operating Hour: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Closed on Tuesday)


Of course, there are more Nasi Lemak stalls out there that are good, these are just 8 of our favorite Nasi Lemak places.

Tell us what you think is the best Nasi Lemak below in the comments!

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