Leah Cohen is the chef at NYC's Pig & Khao on the Lower East Side. After competing on Top Chef, she moved to Southeast Asia for a year before returning to New York to open her first restaurant.
Best Nasi Lemak: Village Park
If you ask anyone who knows anything about food in KL, they will tell you the best Nasi Lemak is at Village Park. Nasi Lemak is Malaysia’s national dish and typically consists of coconut rice, chicken, sambal ikan bilis (crispy anchovies), and a hard-boiled egg. It is supposed to be eaten for breakfast or lunch. Be sure to go early because Village Park gets super packed by 10:30 a.m. and closes at 7:30 p.m.
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Awesome Chili Pan Mee Noodles: Kin Kin
Kin Kin restaurant claims to have created this dish, and whether or not this is true they make some of the best Chili Pan Mee noodles in town. You get a bowl of ground pork, noodles similar but thinner than udon, crispy anchovies, a poached egg and scallions. There's fiery chili paste in a jar at each table… add at your own risk. Anchovy broth is also served on the side; add it to your noodles if you prefer them a little wetter. 40, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru