* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 3rd May 2011.

One will find numerous hawker stalls serving a wide array of local delights at Gurney Drive Hawker Center in Penang. Nasi lemak lovers should try the all-time favourite at Nasi Lemak Cili Bilis. The stall specialises in nasi lemak kukus (steamed rice in coconut milk). (The owner, Hashim Haji Ismail who is the champion in the Battle of Penang Hawker Masters 2012’s nasi lemak category has switched to using palm milk  instead of coconut milk).

The rice, cooked with ginger, coconut milk and pandan leaves that give it an amazing aroma, is steamed on the spot on large metal trays in a giant steamer.

Palate-pleasing ‘nasi lemak’ at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

Rice and egg steamed in the premises itself


Once cooked, the fluffy rice is transferred and kept warm in a wooden tub. They will repeat the entire cooking process once the supply runs low.

Palate-pleasing ‘nasi lemak’ at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

A plate of nasi lemak cost between RM2 and RM4. The basic set comes with a half hard-boiled egg, cucumber slices, sambal, deep-fried ikan bilis and fried peanuts. The sambal is not too spicy and is slightly sweet. Together with the ikan bilis, it gives a good balance with the rice.

Palate-pleasing ‘nasi lemak’ at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

Simple tasty meal of Nasi Lemak with fried egg cost RM2.50

Palate-pleasing ‘nasi lemak’ at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.comPalate-pleasing ‘nasi lemak’ at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

Deep-fried chicken and crunchy peanuts and anchovies

Nasi lemak goes well with Ayam Goreng (deep-fried chicken). The well-marinated succulent chicken with crispy skin makes an excellent accompaniment. The chicken is replenished with a new batch constantly by the workers.

Palate-pleasing ‘nasi lemak’ at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

This stall also sells Santan Pulut. The glutinous rice steamed using fresh coconut milk is eaten with either durian or mango.

Santan Pulut with Durian at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

The pulut durian looked delicious and I had one packet on the go. The sticky rice comes with a generous amount of durian and a small packet of fresh coconut milk. The whole concoction was delightful, a burst of creaminess and sweetness. However, this mouthwatering sticky dessert is only available when the owner has the fruit.

Santan Pulut with Durian at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

The stall faces directly opposite Sunrise Mc Donald. If you are looking for hawker food in Gurney Drive, do consider dropping by Gurney Drive Hawker Centre. It is an idyllic place to sample the range of Indian, Chinese and other Malay hawker fare. Click here for the Map Location.

Palate-pleasing ‘nasi lemak’ at Nasi Lemak Cilibilis, Gurney Drive by what2seeonline.com

Nasi Lemak Cili Bilis
No 1 Gerai Kawasan Penjaja Gurney Drive (Anjung Gurney)
Padang Kota Baru
Pulau Pinang

Tel: 017 4928848

Business Hour : 5pm to 10pm

Closed on Sunday

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9 comments so far

 1 

That’s quite smart – steaming the rice and eggs together. Both cost-and-time-saving!

And ooh! durian pulut! :D

CK Lam Reply:

Didn’t know that you like durian pulut. Will share more of it with you next round.

May 19th, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Jessie Lim
 2 

Didn’t know about this stall although I am quite a regular there ,as I always went to the Chinese section.Must go and try one day.Thks for sharing.

CK Lam Reply:

Hope you like it too.

May 20th, 2011 at 8:38 am
 3 

OMG i cant wait to be back to Penang to try them.. CK lets go for nasi lemak, i buy you :)

CK Lam Reply:

Been a while since we makan together. Definitely will take up your offer…hehe

May 20th, 2011 at 6:16 pm
 4 

Reading your post and staring at each pictures, this is a must to eat when I balik Penang.

CK Lam Reply:

Hope you get to try the durian pulut too…only available during the season :)

May 23rd, 2011 at 12:27 pm
 5 

Looks yummy! Will go and try this out! :)

CK Lam Reply:

Remember that the closing day is on Sunday…

May 23rd, 2011 at 10:06 pm
Stranger
 6 

ummm , seems to be quite nice for me .

September 11th, 2011 at 11:55 pm
isaac
 7 

Came back from Sweden, looking for good Nasi Lemak. Sorry to say this CK Lam, nasi lemak was not good at all. Any roadside stall nasi lemak costing Rm1.50 taste at least 10 times better. Try the one in Cantonment road Jin Hoe Cafe. That is what I call Nasi Lemak or the ready pack one at the mamak stall in Chowraster Market

July 8th, 2012 at 11:19 pm
isaac
 8 

Went to Jin Hoe to have Nasi Lemak, so far is the best. Exactly the authentic taste of the Mamak Kueh from the street with heavy baskets on each side of a pole in the ’60s. Now THAT IS WHAT I CALL NASI LEMAK

July 9th, 2012 at 10:41 am
jess
 9 

jin hoe nasi lemak was nothing to shout about- the rice was soggy , sambal was too salty , prawns were hard and tasteless..
however fish was fresh and not too bad but overall ,definitely thumbs down for me..

September 8th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

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