Do you know what is the signature food of Penang?
Yes! It is Nasi Kandar which is so famous for their thick, creamy, spicy and rich flavour curry.
Sometimes, I crave for Nasi Kandar but to go to Penang just for a plate of Nasi Kandar? If I said this 3years back, yes, it is possible. But with the pandemic going on around this country today? I might want to limit my movements especially when it comes to ‘travelling’.
Worry not, if you can’t go to Penang and eat Nasi Kandar, we bring Nasi Kandar to you. KL has been in love with Nasi Kandar for over a decade, and their love child is a list of franchises ensuring the highest quality Nasi Kandar and younger entrepreneurs who are more than eager to push how far and how long our love for Nasi Kandar will continue.
Nasi Kandar is a meal that everyone can enjoy and Kuala Lumpur is home to some of the greatest Nasi Kandar. Here are Top 5 scrumptious Nasi Kandar that you can find around Kuala Lumpur.
Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar, Petaling Jaya
Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar originated as a stall in a coffee shop in SS2 Chow Yang here in 1974 and has since grown to become one of the most recognized Penang Heritage Cuisine restaurants in Klang Valley and Penang. They now have 9 branches of their restaurant which 8 of them are in Kuala Lumpur and the other one is located in Penang. They also offer catering services if you want to order their foods for any event.
Before the pandemic, Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar is open 24 hours which means you will be able to be there at any hours especially the teenagers or working adults. Since the recipe originated from Penang, the curry is very flavourful and will make you think of it day and night. Nasi Kandar KL stalls are also a nice place to ‘lepak’ with your old friends and also colleagues.
Location: Original Penang Kayu Nasi Kandar Sdn Bhd (HQ)
No. 64, Jalan SS2/10, 47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Contacts: Tel: +603 7877 7745
Fax: +603 7877 4777
Business hours: Monday – Friday (9.00am – 5.30pm)
Saturday (9.00am – 1.00pm)
Nasi Kandar Kudu Bin Abdul, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
‘Nasi Kandar Ayam Sambal Bawang.’
That is their signature menu. The best ayam sambal bawang you will ever eat and will only get the best and flavourful ones at Restoran Kudu Bin Abdul. Complete your Nasi Kandar with their flavorful and rich curries that complement the rice perfectly. They also provide wonderful squid and okra with your Nasi Kandar which makes it one of the best Nasi Kandar in Kuala Lumpur.
This is a favourite spot for young adults to have their lunch during lunch break which makes it not suitable for people with babies unless you are ready to fight for seats! The lines will take you up to 15 minutes if you come at the wrong timing but it obviously is worth the wait. There are also public transports nearby, so if you feel like you don’t want to struggle to search for parking, that is the best choice you have.
Location: No. 335, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100, City Center, Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 03-2697 7082
Business hours: Daily (7.30am – 8pm)
Nasi Kandar Apollo, Kajang
Is it Nasi Kandar with Apollo wafers? Will it be sweet and not spicy and flavourful as it should be?
Surprisingly, there is nothing such as an Apollo wafer in your Nasi Kandar but it is called Nasi Kandar Apollo because the pot they used to cook the rice is rocket-shaped. The rice is not the normal white rice that you can always see at other Nasi Kandar stalls, but it is yellow which shows that it is from the northern side of Malaysia.
Here, you get to try their signature Kari Ikan Bawal Mas and 3different choices of scrumptious chicken; Ayam Goreng Masala, Ayam Goreng Sesame, Ayam Goreng Nestum. Unlike any other Nasi Kandar Stall that is usually owned by Indian or ‘Mamak’, Nasi Kandar Apollo is owned by orang Melayu. The best thing about this Nasi Kandar apart from their tasty food is that it is not located in the middle of the city of Kuala Lumpur but away from the bustling city and you can order it via FoodPanda app.
Location: Jalan Reko Sentral 2, Kampung Sungai Tangkas, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.
Contact: 014-370 7751
Business hour: Daily (10am – 10pm)
Nasi kandar Line Clear, Kampung Baru
If you are a fan of nasi Kandar, surely Nasi Kandar Line Clear is common for you. It is one of the best Nasi Kandar in Penang but now, they have opened another branch in Kuala Lumpur!
In Kuala Lumpur, Nasi Kandar Line Clear is considered as the famous Nasi Kandar in KL. This is because the restaurant is air-conditioned which makes it quite different from any other Nasi Kandar in the KL area. It is suitable for families and a large crowd but make sure to make a reservation or come early if you want to do so. otherwise, you will have to wait for quite some time. Once you get seated, make sure you flood your rice with their curry because that will never make you regret.
Location: 170, Jalan Raja Abdullah, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50300, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan.
Contact: 017-409 6129
Business hours: Daily (8am – 8pm)
Mohd Yaseem Nasi Kandar, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
This restaurant provides one of the most classic Penang-style Nasi Kandar dishes, which will make your tummy grumble just by looking at it. They have been operating for more than 50 years but the taste? Has never changed. This is one of the most common Nasi Kandar in the KL area.
At Mohd Yaseem Nasi Kandar Restaurant, you will have to wait in a line before finally getting the chance to get seated, so come as early as you can or make sure you know when is the right time to come where there are not many people queueing for the Nasi Kandar.
Location: 351, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 03-2694 8927
Business hours: Daily (8am – 10pm)