Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nasi Lemak Tanglin

Type of food: Malay
Signature dish: Nasi Lemak ( coconut rice)
Location:Kompleks Makan Tanglin, Jalan Cenderasari, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan
Opening Hours: All days, 7.00a.m.-10.30a.m.
Contact: 03-22843366
Other: Halal. Medium spicy.

Nasi Lemak Tanglin is one of the best known Nasi Lemak stalls in Kuala Lumpur, situated in a food court near Lake Gardens/ Bukit Aman. It's been around for ages, and past 8am the crowd starts to form a long line. My father swears by this place, and it's easy to understand why.

The nasi* is fresh, fragrant, and especially in the early morning is hot and fluffy. The sambal is a good, deep-flavoured spice infused prawn base, it's obvious it has lots of herbs and spices that give it a layered taste. It might be a bit mild in terms of spiciness for some though, I find it just right.

There is a good selection of lauk to choose from, ranging from the more mundane fried egg to the more exotic cooked beef liver. I went for their specialty ayam dish, the sambal sotong, and fried ubi. The ayam is a fantastic one- it is not quite rendang, not quite curry, but is something born out of a union of the two. It has a good, thick santan and herb infused yellow gravy, the chicken is cooked perfectly, and with some rice, the aroma of kunyit is just sublime. The sotong is relatively tender, but otherwise nothing to really shout about; whereas the fried ubi is a nice, filling side dish for carbo-suckers like me. 

The meal, for both me and my dad costs RM 9.50. A pretty reasonable price, definitely worth it. It's near the Lake Gardens, so it's ideal spot to eat breakfast after a morning jog. Heh, I know, what's the point of exercise then, but I can say its worth the extra calories. 

There is also a Chinese kopitiam stall at the other end of the food court which serves decent coffee, tea and Hainanese toast, if you like your breakfasts a la muhibbah style.

Nasi Lemak Tanglin
Taste: 8/10 - One of the best nasi lemak in town.
Value: 8/10 - Can't complain about the price.
Health: 6/10 - Calories, but really, who cares?!
Overall: 4/5 durians!

Nasi- rice
Sambal- spicy paste
Lauk- dishes
Ayam- chicken
Sotong- squid
Ubi- Potato
Kunyit- Turmeric


  1. kunyit is actually turmeric in english i think. but your post definitely makes me want to try it out. i'm a sucker for nasi lemak!

    1. Oh haha thanks fr the heads up, changed it! Yep it's definitely worth a try!