The best nasi kandar places might be in Penang, but Klang Valley has its fair share of recommended nasi kandar too!
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Penang may be known as the birthplace of Nasi Kandar, but the Klang Valley certainly has its hidden gems too.
The humble rice dish is best eaten drowned in various curries and gravies, then topped with any sides of your choice. It is rich, fragrant, and bursting with flavour, and nothing quite compares.
Of course, not all nasi kandar are quite alike. Each kitchen has their own signature curries, with varying flavour profiles and intensity and recipe mix.
If you’re looking for a nasi kandar place to party at, why not give these a try?
1. Saddam Nasi Kandar, Segambut
Rich, thick, and fragrant, Sadam Nasi Kandar is well-beloved, judging by the staggeringly long lines that wait patiently at their door for a plate of nasi kandar.
Sure, its location is cramped and hot, but that certainly doesn’t deter hungry patrons at all. Some even say that this so-called nasi kandar place is on par with the legendary ones in Penang. That makes all the queue worth it, doesn’t it?
With reasonable prices and classic choices of dishes (fried chicken, squid curry, mutton, etc), this place has the best (so they say) fried chicken. It’s perfectly crispy on the outside while soft and tender on the inside. Their mix of gravies is said to be a bit spicy but very well combined.
The only challenges here are the limited parking and eating space so customers are recommended to tapau the food or come earlier (avoid peak hours, especially lunch) to beat the crowd.
Address: 58, Jalan Segambut Pusat, Taman Segambut, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 7 am – 10 pm
2. Nasi Kandar Basikal, Seri Kembangan
Now even though this is a bit far downtown, that doesn’t stop some people from labelling it one of the best nasi kandar in town.
While their curry mix is considered above average by some, their have a lot of innovative and unique menu items to serve their customers. Some of them include fried baby crabs, fried chicken skin and fried lady’s finger.
The price actually depends on what dishes you took, but it can be expensive if you blindly put everything on your plate (we know, they look tempting!).
Take note that this place isn’t as spicy as you might expect. It’s a good option for those who want a flavourful plate without sweating over it too much.
However, a common complaint is that the eatery is understaffed and service can be quite slow. But fret not, the owner is trying his best to overcome this problem and serve his loyal customers better.
Address: 52, Jalan Lp 7/4 Taman Lestari Perdana, Bandar Putera Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Operating Hours: 10 am – 6.30 pm
3. Zainul Nasi Kandar, PJ
Located in a mere food court in MBPJ’s Kompleks C, Zainul Nasi Kandar is dubbed the best nasi kandar in PJ. It’s known for its addictive ‘kari campur’ mix and ‘bergedil‘ (a kind of potato fritter).
Even though it has been operating for more than 50 years, loyal customers still regard its nasi kandar quality to be deliciously consistent.
A classic menu here would be their fried chicken, bean sprouts, bergedil, soft tofu and mix curries. The curries are said to have a hint of sweetness and mild spicyness that’s quite unique.
The pricing is highly reasonable considering the chicken that they usually serve are quite big.
However, as this place is quite popular, lunchtime queues can be a bit overwhelming (especially on weekdays).
Address: Stall No. 90, Medan Selera Kompleks C, Lorong Sultan, Seksyen 52 Petaling Jaya, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operating Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
4. Sithique, Jalan TAR
Located in a very popular street known for its bustling Nasi Kandar joint, Sithique is one of the well known places for the Nasi Kandar aficionados.
It’s one of the oldest nasi kandar place there is in KL is considered an all time favourite for some devoted nasi kandar fans.
Although their dishes are nothing to shout about but they are reliably good and better than other mediocre nasi kandar place. A must try is their Ayam Kicap and curry mix.
Parking can be quite a hassle here around lunchtime so do pick your timing wisely.
Address: Bangunan Odeon, 237, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 8 am – 7 pm
5. Kudu, Jalan TAR
Also an all time favourite nasi kandar place in Jalan TAR, Kudu is always lined with hungry customers (especially peak hours).
It’s a proper nasi kandar place with a wide selection of side dishes to go with the meal. One of their suggested dishes would be their Ayam Bawang and ayam goreng.
The prices here are also considered reasonable but their seating is quite limited as it is an old shop.
A good thing to note is that their curry mix here is quite watery or liquidy, not as thick as other nasi kandar curry mixes have.
But, to each their own liking, right? And that still doesn’t stop them from being one of the top places for nasi kandar in KL.
Address: 335, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 9 am – 7 pm
So, these are some of the best suggested Nasi Kandar places around the Klang Valley. Undoubtedly, these places can’t top the original ones in Penang, but it’s not everyday you can travel to the Pearl of the orient. Also, beggars can’t be choosers.
But hey, if you hear people saying ‘surrrr’ (a slang for the best taste which makes you ‘high’), then you know that nasi kandar is worth something.
We know, there are plenty more other places that deserves a shoutout. So tell us, what’s your favourite go-to Nasi Kandar place? Maybe this list deserves a part two.