‘Food for Champions’ – The story of how Nasi Lemak helped N’Golo Kante win the Champions League

N’Golo Kante played a key role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in the 2020/21 campaign, as the Frenchman was named the midfielder of the season in the competition.

He made four appearances for the best player in the knockout phase, three of which were awarded in two semi-finals against Real Madrid and in the final against Manchester City.

So what exactly inspired Kante to perform magnificently in the Champions League final? Well, we discovered a mystery.

Kante Mendy Chelsea Champions League trophy


Nasi Lemak, Kante’s favorite food and the secret of the triumph in the Champions League?

Three days before leaving for Lisbon, Portugal, where she will play in the Champions League final, the Chelsea star stopped by a restaurant on Craven Road in London, called Tukdin, which specializes in Malaysian cuisine.

Kante ordered takeaway food for Nasi Lemak which is his favorite food. The head chef and other restaurant staff did not miss the opportunity to click photos with the French star in front of the restaurant after he took the order.

Tukdin’s head chef, Syed Fauzi, recounted the incident while speaking to the Malaysian newspaper New Strait Times. He said: “It was just before closing and my sister (Nurul Ulya, who is also the manager of the restaurant) sent a message that N’golo Kanté is in our restaurant.”

Fauzi then asked his sister to ask the footballer to click some pictures with them, which the humble Kante kindly accepted.

Reportedly, Kante is a regular visitor to the restaurant where he occasionally enjoys a plate of Nasi Lemak.

What is Nasi Lemak?

Nasi Lemak, the national dish of Malaysia, consists of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves. It is a typical Malay food that is usually served for breakfast.

Nasi lemak is served with toppings such as eggs, sliced ​​cucumber, fried anchovies and chili sauce. But coming here, our lemak is most often combined with various side dishes such as chicken, meat, satay, squid and shrimp, with the addition of bananas, peanuts, tofu-tempeh, with grated coconut.

How can you get Nasi Lemak in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Australia?

Like Kante, fans in India can quench their hunger for a delicious Malay order by ordering food delivery services such as Swiggy and Zomato. Malaysian restaurants can be found in almost every major city in India.

In Singapore, the top food delivery services are Deliveroo, GrabFood, WhyQ, Foodpanda and many more from where fans can order food.

In Malaysia, fans can order pizza from services such as GrabFood, Lalam’s and SmartBite.

In the Philippines, the best food delivery providers are GrabFood, GrabMart, LalaFood, LalaMove, MetroMart and FoodPanda.

Fans in Australia can rely on Deliveroo, Menulog and Uber Eats to order Nasi Lemak.


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