Thinking of eating rice in Penang? ... read on.

Rice is the staple food in Malaysia and Singapore. Most Malaysian take at least one or two rice meal daily. Plain white rice is cooked daily in almost every household. White rice is usually taken with a selection of dishes prepared with meat, fish or vegetables. (note: 'nasi' refers to cooked rice in Malay; 'beras' refers to uncooked rice)

Other than plain white rice, some unique rice meals you can order or buy at eating places or restaurants are:

Nasi Lemak - This is Malaysia's most popular breakfast rice meal. This is rice cooked in coconut milk, served with ikan billies (anchovies), egg, groundnuts and cooked sambal (chilli condiment). Sold usually at roadside stalls by all races in Malaysia (Origin: Malay).  This is a very popular lunch meal too.

nasi lemak


Chicken rice is white rice cooked with chicken stock and served with roasted or boiled chicken. Of Chinese origin, stalls selling Chicken rice somtimes also serv roasted duck and pork. You may find Malay stalls (halal) also selling chicken rice or 'nasi ayam' but usually served with deep fried chicken.

chicken rice


Nasi kandar /nasi biryrani  - Nasi biryrani is rice cooked with spices and prepared by placing layers of the spiced rice with pieces of spiced-cooked lamb, mutton or chicken, then garnished with almonds and raisins. Nasi kandar often refers to plain rice or nasi biryani served with an assortment of curry. (available at Indian-Muslim or Malay stalls or restaurants)

Nasi daun pisang (banana leaf rice) - an Indian rice meal served on a banana leave. White rice is served on leaf with an assortment of vegetables, curried meat, fish or vegetables and papadum (crispy cracker made from flour with spices).

Nasi goreng is fried rice. You will find many styles of fried rice in Malaysia.  Rice is fried in various styles by the different communities in Malaysia.

Nasi kunyit - yellow rice, cooked from glutinous rice with coconut milk and turmeric; usualy served with chicken curry (Malay and Nyonya)....Nasi kunyit recipe

nasi kunyit


Nasi Ulam is often prepared by the Malays and Nyonya communities. It is cooked rice mixed with an assortment of herbs and vegetables, salted fish and dessicated coconut, etc. (similar to this is nasi kerabu)

Nasi Ulam Nyonya


Pulut inti - glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk and served with grated coconut mixed wit palm sugar (brown sugar).

Rice is also popularly made into Malaysian kueh. Rice and glutonous rice are often wrapped in banana leaves or other palm leaves, then boiled, steam or toasted over charcoal fire.

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