Top 5 Malaysian’s All-time Favourite Nasi

Rice – a staple in our Malaysian diet. Some even can’t live a day without rice(you know who you are).

It’s just such an intriguing piece of carb that can be made in a variety of styles.

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Here are five kind of rice that Malaysians love to makan over and can never be sick of:

5. Nasi Goreng

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Did you know Nasi Goreng started as a way to avoid wasting leftover rice? Slowly, it became a constant in the diet of Malaysians.

Walk into any mamak and you’ll find a long list of Nasi Goreng for you to choose from – Nasi Goreng Kampung, Nasi Goreng Cina, Nasi Goreng Tomyam, the list goes on and on.

4. Nasi Ayam

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The simplicity of rice and chicken with some soup on the side. Traditionally, the rice is cooked with water used to poach the chicken, as well as with ginger, garlic and pandan leaves, producing an oily, fragrant rice most commonly known as “oily rice.” If you prefer something more flavourful, try the roast chicken.

In Melaka, the chicken rice is served as golf ball-sized rice balls rather than a plate of rice – commonly known as chicken rice balls – served together with the chopped chicken.

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3. Nasi Daun Pisang (A.K.A. Banana Leaf Rice)


They say no fast food will ever replace the satisfaction of an Indian meal. That’s so true! All Banana Leaf Rice lovers can confirm that! Commonly served with three to four vege (or five if you’re lucky) with rice, you may add on some chicken and mutton for a well-balanced meal.

And papadom. Don’t ever forget the crunchy papadom.

Here’s a tip: Eat with your hands for the full cosmic experience.

2. Nasi Kandar

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Another kind of rice that’s best eaten with hands. Originated from Penang, the name came about from a time when vendors would kandar (carry something by the shoulder) a pole on their shoulder with two huge containers of rice meals. Gradually the vendors sold Nasi Kandar in stalls which we now know as “mamak.”

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On top of the dishes you choose (like literally on top), make sure you ask for kuah banjir (“flooded gravy” if literally translated). That’ll make it all the more satisfying when the rice reaches your taste buds.

1. Nasi Lemak

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Can’t talk about rice in Malaysia without talking about good old Nasi Lemak. Called “fat rice” if translated literally. Nobody can ever resist its fragrant rice cooked with santan and pandan leaf. Drizzled with sambal with fried chicken, confirm you’ll have food coma.

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