Nasi Lemak House

115 grattan St, Carlton
Phone: none!

A Carlton institution for the last six years, Nasi Lemak House never fails to satisfy me (and countless others who live, work or study in the vicinity of Melbourne University). Although it is open at night, I more often than not find myself there for lunch, when it’s wise to arrive a few minutes before the hour, to grab a table before the lunch-hour regulated hordes descend.


The staple of Nasi Lemak House is the eponymous nasi lemak. Of course, NLH has thirteen variants on this dish, if you include the vegetarian versions. On a recent visit, my friend @tammois ordered the Nasi Lemak Langkawi. Coconut rice, sambal, ikan bilis (fried anchovies), peanuts and a fried egg, topped with a pappadum. The Langkawi variant has fried calamari with a sweet and spicy sauce, in place of the traditional fried chicken drumstick. @tammois didn’t even come close to finishing the whole dish.


While I enjoy the nasi lemak from time to time, I usually find myself distracted by the Malaysian hawker dishes on the menu, such as the Char Kuay Teow, Wat Dan Hor Fun or the Laksa. This time, I tried the Malaysian Loh Mien. It’s hokkien noodles in a slightly sour gravy/soup, with mixed seafood and bok choy. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. The gravy was a rather non-descript savoury falvour, and seemed to lack the tartness I was expecting from the menu description. It could probably quite easily been saved by the addition of chilli or a lemon wedge, but I think next time I’ll go back to the laksa or the char kuay teow.


More photos of subsequent visits.
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