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Taste Legendary Nasi Lemak, Chow Kit

Taste Legendary Nasi Lemak, Chow Kit

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.

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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.

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The crowd at 9am

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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.

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Nasi lemak with pork belly

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.

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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.

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Nasi lemak with mutton

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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.

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Braised pork belly

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.

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Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6/10
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
(closed Monday)
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