We couldn’t leave Penang without trying Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak. Traditionally eaten for breakfast and often seen wrapped in banana leaf parcels in food courts and on the the street.
We found Ali Nasi Lemak at Sri Weld Food Court, a little out of the way in the Business district. They had several different versions to choose from, we opted for chicken (Ayam) although the traditional Malay version comes with Ikan Billis (anchovies) and egg. The rice is cooked in coconut milk, but what holds this dish together is the sambal – a fiery chilli and shrimp paste which has a great kick. The banana leaf infuses subtly into the rice to give it extra depth of flavour, making this an altogether tasty breakfast dish. At 1.70RM (30p!) we can why this is so popular.
For a great vegetarian alternative, No.1 Cannon street offers a tofu version which comes with peanuts, cucumber, a popadum and even crispy fake anchovies. A bigger portion without the banana leaf, but still a bargain at 6RM (£1.15)