What should you eat in Kuala Lumpur? Nasi lemak- Malaysia’s national dish has to be on your eating itinerary! In its simplest form you’ll find nasi lemak wrapped up in a banana leaf. It’s an addictive mix of coconut rice, sambal, ikan bilis (fried anchovies), peanuts, cucumber and a quarter of a boiled egg moulded into a small pyramid. But if you want to up the ante head to Village Park restaurant in Damansara and try their famous nasi lemak ayam goreng (fried chicken)- this is one nasi lemak that you will never forget…
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Nasi lemak is traditionally a breakfast dish but in reality it’s eaten all day long. They vary in price, the nasi lemak you can pick up at small stalls will set you back around RM2/$0.50USD whilst the more involved dishes, those served with a rendang curry or fried chicken will be a few ringgit more. Village Park’s nasi lemak ayam goreng has what many people consider a hefty price tag at RM10.40/$2.40USD but boy is it worth it!
Each plate is piled with rice which has been soaked in coconut milk, coconut water and then steamed with pandan leaf which imparts a subtle almost vanilla like fragrance. The sambal or chilli sauce errs towards the sweeter side whilst retaining a gentle hum of heat and the roasted peanuts and ikan bilis (fried anchovies) are crisp.
The piece de resistance is the ayam goreng. You’ll see tray after tray of golden fried chicken legs being carted from the kitchen to fill insatiable diners’ plates. Crispy, golden skin coated in a crunchy batter and meat that tears easily from the bone- this is fried chicken worth travelling for. If fried chicken isn’t your thing then head over to the bain marie where there are loads of different curries from which you can choose if you wish to add a protein to your nasi lemak.
Wash it all down with a bandung blend, a slightly ghastly pink rose syrup and milk slushy which is sweet and refreshing or a teh tarik a hot, milky sweet tea that is ‘pulled’ to create an aerated and frothy drink.
The packed restaurant is proof that Village Park restaurant has a firm place in the hearts of KL-ites. One bite of that nasi lemak and it’ll have a place in yours too.
Village Park Restaurant
5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open Monday to Saturday 7:00am to 7:30pm and Sunday 7:00am to 6:00pm
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