Johnny’s Nasi Lemak – A Truly Unique Treat!

Written by Lingzie

Topics: Penang Hawker Food

Nasi Lemak is indeed one of the best loved staple foods in Malaysia. Various versions are available, from the simplest form (those RM1 per packet nasi lemaks) to the more elaborate types where you can pick and choose your dishes to go with the rice.

One of the most unique nasi lemaks I’ve come across is Johnny’s Nasi Lemak in Pulau Tikus.

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Basically, what you get is VERY FRAGRANT rice, 2 prawns & 1 fish, cucumbers and a dollop of fiery hot ‘sambal belacan’. That’s it. No curry, no ‘sambal ikan bilis’. This is so unique that when I brought a KL guest to try it, he couldn’t really accept it, because to quote him ” I just can’t believe that nasi lemak comes without sambal ikan bilis!”

And it does not come cheap too! A plate like that would set you back RM3.50!  You can opt to skip the fish if you’re not a fan of fish. It’ll be replaced with an extra prawn (hence the photo above has got 3 prawns instead of the usual 2)

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Some would think it’s crazy to pay RM3.50 for a rather small plate of nasi lemak. In fact, most guys would need to order an extra bowl of rice! But I urge you to give it a try. The rice is sinfully rich and fragrant, living up to the ‘lemak’ claim. Mix up the rich rice with that dollop of spicy belacan and you would think that you’ve died and gone to nasi lemak heaven!

Perhaps another reason for this nasi lemak being such a hit is the limited supply. Johnny’s Nasi Lemak opens at 8.30am (on the dot, no earlier than that) from Mondays to Saturdays only. And they only make and sell one big pot of rice. So he’s usually all sold out by about 10am!

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To get your hands on a plate of this really yummy nasi lemak, make your way to Jin Hoe Kopitiam, which is located in the shoplots opposite Bandar Baru supermarket in Pulau Tikus.

There are 2 stalls in this kopitiam. Johnny’s Nasi Lemak is the stall on the left. The stall on the right sells economy rice. And remember, don’t go too late as they sell out really fast (by about 10am). 8.30am onwards, Mon-Sat only.

Price List: Normal nasi lemak – RM3.50. Extra rice – RM.160, extra fish – RM1, extra prawn – RM0.70, ikan bilis – RM1

8 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. laukl says:

    Oh, my favourite meal for breakfast. I’m digging the ‘sambal belacan’.. to provide that extra kick and spiciness. But it looks quite dry without any curry. Perhaps, you could post a pic showing how it looks like after mixing the belacan with the rice.

    laukl´s last blog post..Abu Nasi Kandar @ Bali Bali Cafe

  2. allie says:

    Truly unique ler.. But I still prefer mine with some curry and sambal ikan bilis. I don’t fancy prawns and fish in my nasi lemak. 😛

    allie´s last blog post..Penang Hawker Food | Duck Drumstick Mee Suah @ Sg. Pinang

  3. foodbin says:

    fragrant “lemak” rice- double kicks

  4. The rice here is like, the ULTIMATE coconut rice! I don’t know if this is accurate but I was told that the original guy who ran this stall had a brain tumour and passed away?

    550ml jar of faith´s last blog post..BB Ho Steamboat, Bandar Puteri Puchong

  5. ohhh..tis is CHINESE nasi lemak, luvv it! so sick of kl’s malay nasi lemak n moi nw really missing the chinese version..gimme sambal belacan anytime!

  6. gill gill says:

    i think this is more towards to Nyonya Style Nasi Lemak? Fish & Prawn marinated with Asam or Tumarine and fried to perfection and eat it with Rich and flavourful Nasi Lemak and Fiery HOTTTTTT sambal balacan….oh man! i missed this so much. Drooling while writing this comment…haha. Rarely can get this nowdays. This is another sunset receipy / selling food.

    gill gill´s last blog post..Hainanese at Nan Yang Chinese Cuisine, Penang

  7. kewlly says:

    This was my favorite nasi lemak growing up…the rumor was that the store was owned by a Tai Ee Loong (“loan shark”). The rice is truly unique!

  8. Domino says:

    Ya, this is the Nyonya version nasi lemak. Used to be wrapped in banana leaves with the sambal belacan resting on a tiny piece of square banana leave on the top of the rice. The cucumber was cut into thicker chunks, crunchy! I remember it was sold together with other nyonya kuih and laksa by Indian wearing sarong. Some on bicyle, some put the container on top of their peddling on foot. Now I think the last of its kind can be found in the coffee shop behind Giant, Burmah Road.

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