As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - Penang’s Projek Nasi Lemak Box copied Lawa Bintang Singapore’s groundbreaking lobster cheese nasi lemak concept - the only Malaysian restaurant to do so. It was a stroke of genius and good timing, as outstation visitors who traditionally flooded Penang over the Christmas season made a beeline to try the dish. 2-hour waits were endured patiently by their customers.
Lawa Bintang’s lobster cheese nasi lemak in Singapore:
Projek Nasi Lemak Box’s lobster cheese nasi lemak in Penang:
But Lawa Bintang’s version was much tastier as it incorporates a rich, creamy béchamel sauce which is then topped with cheese before grilling. The Projek Nasi Lemak version was only cheese.
But what Projek Nasi Lemak Box got going for it is its amazing location just outside the historic Fort Cornwallis, and by the Penang Esplanade, right next to the sea. So, one gets fresh sea breezes which makes dining outdoors in tropical Penang even during the day, as one sits under the shade of large trees whilst having lunch.
Just as at Lawa Bintang, here are also other options available at Projek Nasi Lemak Box: fried chili-stuffed fish or curried chicken are also pretty good.
Projek Nasi Lemak Box
Padang Kota Lama (Esplanade), near the children’s playground)
10200 George Town, Penang
Tel: +6018-393 8018
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-12 midnight daily, except Wednesdays (closed)