Best Nasi Dagang in Penang

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Literally translated as trader’s rice, nasi dagang has certainly been a sleeper hit since the early days. This Kelantanese delicacy may appear seemingly simple yet each mouthful bursts to the fore with distinctive flavours and fragrance. Speckled red grains is steamed with coconut milk, ginger shreds, fenugreek seeds, lemongrass and dash of herbs, offering a symphony of earthy and feisty punch. It was typically served with fish, vegetable pickles, toasted grated coconut, hard-boiled egg and fish crackers, and thanks to the march of time, one can now expect a range of delectables sides, just like nasi kandarNasi Dagang may not be ubiquitous in Penang, however, renowned spots below transport you to the East Coast via your palate.

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    SavaroHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    If you’re looking to wolf down authentic Malay delicacies in a backdrop that spells class and comfort, look no further than Savaro. Both the food and atmosphere pass with flying colours. Everything looks appealing on the menu, which might have you hew and haw but you can never go wrong with their nasi dagang. The rice is meticulously made to pump out an earthy flavour and the chicken curry that tags along is a real winner. 

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    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Upscale ambiance and good service

    Best with

    Mushroom Soup

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM20.00

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    Savaro Restaurant @ Gurney Paragon View restaurant

    Gurney Paragon (163D-2-34), , 10250, Georgetown, Penang
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    042189236

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    This modest restaurant is a must-go for those who have huge cravings for Thai and local fare. Among the best sellers here are nasi kerabu and nasi dagang, authentically prepared to win your loyalty. The real deal here is you’re presented with never-ending sides that come laid out to have you pacing back and forth to accompany your rice. Be sure of adding their tuna fish curry, which is an absolute bomb. And yes, price and portion are always on your side too. 

    Tips

    Enjoy the assorted Kuih as starters

    Things to expect

    Teeming crowd during lunch hours

    Best with

    Mango Sticky Rice

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    Restoran Anggerik Desa View restaurant

    12, Jalan Todak 4, Seberang Jaya, , 13700 , Butterworth, Penang
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    043700097

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    09:00AM—08:00PM
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    It's no secret that The Little Nyonya Cuisine is one of the most acclaimed spots to have your Nyonya food fix. The interior is pretty charming and comfortable and during peak hours you may have to wait to nab an empty table. Their nasi lemak is widely vouched but if you beg to differ, nasi dagang is not to be missed. Aesthetically presented, the rice is diagonally shaped and accompanied by a bowl of chicken curry imbued with rich santan, and slices of cucumber and crackling keropok complete the platter. If chicken curry isn't your cup of tea - tomyam and rendang make up a subtle substitute. 

    Tips

    Nasi Lemak Special is another best seller here

    Things to expect

    Neat and clean ambiance

    Best with

    Juice

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM20.00

    The Little Nyonya Cuisine View restaurant

    Lot 1.59.00 - 1.66.00 Level 1, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 5510, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321105546

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    11:30AM—10:00PM
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    Mek (Nasi Kerabu & Nasi Dagang)

    Long queues are habitually spotted at this neat and clean restaurant and it is not difficult to understand why once you’ve mopped clean a plate of nasi dagang. Expect a hearty portion - a mound of rice with adorable colours coupled with a puddle of chicken curry, tender slivers of beef, slices of cucumber and halved hard-boiled eggs. Be sure to massage your rice with their chopped chillies for a dose of heat. The subtle contrast of flavours offers sheer deliciousness to your taste buds. 

    Tips

    Do yourself a favour, opt for extra meat

    Things to expect

    neat ambiance

    Best with

    Milo Ice

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Mek (Nasi Kerabu & Nasi Dagang) View restaurant

    Jambatan Pulau Pinang, Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 14300 , Butterworth, Penang
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    0194657187

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    Kafe Bafana Roaster

    Located at mainland, Kafe Bafana Roaster is another reliable contender dishing out delectable nasi dagang. The texture and flavour of the rice are spot-on and the wide-ranging choice of condiments and sides just brings it up a whole level.  Wrap up your meal with a shot of teh tarik to awake the aftertaste that leaves you wanting more of the Kelantanese’s pride. 

    Tips

    Nasi Briyani is widely vaunted by the locals too

    Things to expect

    Simple ambiance with huge lunch crowd

    Best with

    Milo Ice

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Kafe Bafana Roaster View restaurant

    36, Jalan Butterworth, Kampung Permatang Manggis, 13100 Penaga, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 13200, Butterworth, Penang
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    07:00AM—05:00PM
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