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Nasi Lemak

One of the food everyone must try is Nasi Lemak in Malaysia. I remember when I was in my primary school, I used to cycling to school. During the school trip, I will make a stop at roadside foodstall to buy Nasi Lemak for my lunch. Now you can find quite common in Malaysia restaurant that the Nasi Lemak is served with pandang rice in semiphere shape. Around them a few spoons of Nasi Lemak Sambal, in which Ikan Bilis(dried anchovies) are the signature ingredient along with the sliced onions to make up the sauce. You may find some sliced cucumber and half boil egg as side. These are the common ingredients.

My childhood memory Nasi Lemak foods mostly were not always served on the plate. The roadside foodstall vendor will packed them in pyramid shape with bananaleaf and all the ingrediants like the deepfried fish or deepfried squid that the vendor put on the rice would already been soaked wet with the Sambal(crunched chili paste) when package is opened up. I like it that way, I prefer my deep fried fish has been absorded with the Sambal and the fragrance of rice.

I heard about this Sri Weld cafeteria's Nasi Lemak from a friend that on her suggestion this is one of the best Nasi Lemak in Penang. It is packed with banana leaf and cooked in tradiotional way. I have to admit I was quite a bit emotional, when I can have this again. All the nice school trip memory recalled. The fame of this stall nasi lemak is well deserved. They are delicous spicy and is made in the authentic way. The rice is cooked with coconut milk and pandang leaves. The Sambal is thick and same as before. You can add deep fried prawn, chicken, sliced squids or fishes on top of rice with extra price. I can't resist them, I took a few each of them in my combo version. I ate three packages the first time there.

This cafeteria is closed to Penang finance center and tourist spot Fort Cornwallis, three hundred meters from the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower. It is recommended to go there before afternoon one o'clock, otherwise Nasi Lemak are sold out. Transport by car going there is not recommended, due to difficulty finding a free parking slot.

Nasi Lemak

- 1. Remember to take enough coins for commune bus's ticket. Driver won't return small changes. First below 7km journey costs about RM1.40 (year 2015).

- 2. Always take a package of tissue paper along. Kopitiam, low cost cafeteria doesn't include one in wash room.

- 3. Penang route planner web site: Penang Journey Planner(

- 4. Postcards from the kiosks, stamps from the post office. There is one post office at Prangin Mall nearby.

- 5. Type of socket/plug is like the one used in UK, G type(UK).

- 6. Tap water: Recommending to boil it first. A bottle of mineral water costs less than an euro.