Taste Legendary Nasi Lemak has been popping up on my news feed of late – numerous post shares from friends and acquaintances, claiming the nasi lemak is very good. With so many rave reviews, it’s hard not to want to try it for myself.
So I dragged myself out of bed at 7am on a Saturday and made my way to Chow Kit, in search of this legendary nasi lemak. It took us a while to locate the stall as Chow Kit isn’t a place I’m familiar with; you will need to know your way around the market or ask for directions like I did. All I know is, the stall is in the building behind the police station.
At close to 9am in the morning, there was a queue and a rather long one at that. People were placing large orders, I got worried if there were none left for me. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case as we got our nasi lemak after 30 minutes of queuing.
We tried the nasi lemak with pork belly, said to be a best-seller at Taste Legendary Nasi Lemak and also the mutton curry. I reckon the appeal of this nasi lemak is the rice, steamed with coconut milk until fragrant and fluffy. It is one of the better nasi lemak rice I’ve eaten, I have to say.
The sambal gears towards the sweeter side but packs a wallop in terms of spiciness. I prefer my sambal spicy and rich, rather than sweet but this goes quite well with the pork belly as it cuts through the fatty flavour of the meat.
I didn’t care much for the mutton curry as it was slightly on the milder side in terms of spices — not enough “oomph” I felt. That said, the meat was tender and properly seasoned.
While the pork belly is quite good, non-spicy gravies tend to have that “meh” effect on me when it comes to nasi lemak. On its own, it’s good braised pork belly; just not quite the perfect accompaniment on nasi lemak (for me). I can’t remember how much we paid per plate, but it’s between RM8 to RM12, depending on how much meat you order.
Food: 6/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Try the Hakka fried pork belly with nasi lemak.
Taste Legendary Nasi Lemak
Pasar Chow Kit Zone 1C
(behind the police station)
Tel: 012-333 2334
Business hours: 7am till they run out