Nasi lemak, first meal for a homesick Malaysian back in homeland

 

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 My younger brother and his wife are back in town, after two weeks of vacation/work in the USA. I went to pick them up from KLIA last Sunday. It was a great trip, they had a ball. They were talking non-stop about their trip, as soon as they got into my car.

I started taunting my (cute and adorable) younger brother with local foods, few days before his return. He also salivated over my food postings. Poor guy was enjoying the road trip of a lifetime, yet … missing Malaysia food. There’s no place like home?

Why do people miss homeland food, especially during vacation? I would grab the opportunity to enjoy new foods and tastes of other cultures, and eat like a local.

Their first food stop back in Malaysia, is non-other than our national dish, nasi lemak. Fragrantlicious rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, with sambal and condiments. 

Our destination? The famous Village Park Nasi Lemak.

 

A testament to its popularity

 Having visited the restaurant few times on weekends, I was prepared with the crowd. We were greeted with an extremely packed restaurant, long, long queue … Malaysians are really crazy about their nasi lemak!

 I dropped my brother and SIL first, and then went to park my car. By the time I walked in to the restaurant, they were already seated. My brother said it only took five minutes for them to be seated, faster than the time it took me to secure a parking spot! Read on for tips below.

So, is it really that good? I think it is one of the better nasi lemak joints in town, with decent sambal. But not to-die-for. Overall, as a dish, it is decent. Their service is also good. So, I would say a good dining experience.

 

Aroyz!

 This time, I ordered their fried chicken to go with my nasi lemak. It is well-marinated and definitely fingerlicking-licious.

If you still have yet to visit this place, and would like to give it a try, I have few tips to share:

  • There is a lack of queue system in place. Most people ‘hawk’ around table: standing next to table waiting for customers to finish their food. My brother walked in to the restaurant, turn right after the drink serving area, and you will see a short queue system.
  • For dine-in, it is faster to order from staff, instead of queuing at the food counter.
  • After you have finished your meal, take the slip given by waiter, and pay at cashier.

Village Park Nasi Lemak

Address: 5, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03-7710-7860

Business Hours: 7am – 8pm (Mon-Sat), 7am – 6pm (Sunday)

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.