Nasi Lemak is a staple in Malaysia. If you’re in Penang, the food capital of the country, you can find various food spots serving this delicious dish with their own little twists. The dish contains fragrant coconut rice, spicy sambal, anchovies, roasted peanuts, and boiled eggs. These are the top picks for the best Nasi Lemak in Penang.

Paya Terubong Nasi Lemak

One of the most popular Nasi Lemak spots in Penang, Paya Terubong Nasi Lemak opens its doors as early as 4 AM. The sambal is here loved for its perfect blend of spiciness and tanginess, which is complemented by crispy shrimps. People start queuing at the shop starting early in the morning, so get here as early as you can. This would be easier if you stayed at a hotel in Penang, Georgetown located close to the shop. For instance, Citadines Connect Georgetown Penang is only 20 minutes from Paya Terubong Nasi Lemak.


Located in a modest neighbourhood, Alamak adds to a modern twist to its Nasi Lemak. They offer burger style Nasi Lemak with spicy sambal and gooey cheese.

Nasi Lemak Liverpool

Football fans are sure to have a blast at Nasi Lemak Liverpool. You can enjoy heaps of rice with sambal and eggs while watching a match.

Jin Hoe Café

To sample Nyonya-style Nasi Lemak, head to Jin Hoe Café. The café stands out with its rich coconut milk-infused rice and tamarind shrimp. Get here as early as you can; they tend to sell out pretty quickly.

Amy Nasi Lemak

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Located at the intersection of Jalan Jones and Jalan Kelawei, Amy Nasi Lemak serves a traditional style Nasi Lemak. Paired with spicy sambal, eggs, peanuts, and cucumber, Nasi Lemak here is served wrapped in pandan leaves.