Nasi Lemak: how much would you pay for a taste of home?

The Malaysian staple: the nasi lemak: has travelled the world just like the people of the country. But the prices indicate that there is, no place like home.

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What would you do without your nasi lemak? Luckily for most of us, despite rising prices, we still have the option of heading to a nearby stall and getting ‘the works’ below the RM5 mark. A small, humble, pack of nasi lemak bungkus can still be found for as low as RM1.20.

Sure, some franchise restaurants operating in shopping malls and affluent suburban areas offer their ‘own traditional family-kept secret recipe’ nasi lemak at premium prices of RM20 and above: but you know you can always fall back on the smiling mak cik in your housing area who wouldn’t think twice about giving you an extra dollop of sambal at no extra cost.

Sadly, for homesick Malaysians around the globe: a taste of home will cost a pretty penny/dollar/ruble/peso… well you get the idea.

Considered an ‘exotic’ dish (and we aren’t disputing it!); only upper crust restaurants offer a good homestyle nasi lemak in big cities worldwide. Get ready to fork out anywhere between RM26-RM45 for a decent nasi lemak in these cities:

With prices like those; you may swear off nasi lemak for as long as you’re there. Or would you? How much would you pay for a taste of home?


Agree or disagree with this post? Questions? You also have your word!

  • Steve lim

    Just learn to cook your own nasi lemak.

    • Lisa

      I agree, it's SUPER easy.

    • rudy yao

      How to cook nasi lemak? rudy

      • Geran

        Its a stupid article which convert their big currency to our small currency .

        • the secret of nasi lemak is at its sambal.

          • belinda

            just Google for recipes on local dishes,there r many shops selling our local ingredients overseas.Go to chinatowns of every country u can find the ingredients.

            • Surenddra

              now, I am gonna open a nasi lemak stall in Vancouver!

              • Henry Por

                I also can tell you a McDonald Big Mac Value Meal cost less than GBP 5; and Malaysia, we have to pay at RM 10..........

                • Henry Porkeymark

                  Do you know that Less Than GBP 5 is still RM25 and below? Which is still MORE than our Malaysia price? So, paying is RM10 is still cheap.

                  I don't know why you are stupidly complaining about this. Sheesh.

                  • Sophia

                    You are so right. We are not actually looking at dollar to dollar here.

                  • James T

                    Its cheap you know considering M AS paying 60 for it! hahaha,,,,!

                    • thiaga

                      For a local rm45 is not worth to pay for a nasi lemak but those who are abroad would pay anything to get a taste of Malaysian food. When you are oversea you r not indian, malay or Chinese. You r just malaysian.