Fluffy coconut rice, fried egg, ikan bilis and piquant sambal belachan—it is no wonder this is one of Singapore’s best breakfast dish.
While we enjoy a massive serving of English big breakfast and fluffy pancakes to kick-start our day, our first love will always be our sinful local breakfast — nasi lemak. Not only good for breakfast, the decadent dish is also popular as a late-night supper eat. Loosely translated as ’creamy rice’ in Malay, the decadent dish usually comes with aromatic coconut rice, fried egg, chicken wings, ikan bilis and a whole lot of mouth-watering sambal.
The Coconut Club
The newest kid on the nasi lemak block, The Coconut Club specialises in all things coconut. As of now, they only serve Malaysian-styled nasi lemak, but do watch their space as they plan on expanding their menu in 2017. Using whole chicken legs instead of the usual winglets, the tender chicken is marinated in lemongrass and turmeric and fried till crispy perfection. The rice, although not as lemak as the traditional makcik version that we are used to, is just as addictive—it’s a mix of chicken rice and nasi lemak rice. Taking customers feedback into consideration, the sambal chilli has been fired up to deliver more heat. Our verdict? It’s definitely worth $12.80. 6 Ann Siang Hill. Tel: 6635 2999
Mod-sin chef Shen Tan has taken over the kitchen at Revolution Coffee in One-North to bring to us a delicious plate of ’gourmet’ nasi lemak. Steamed twice daily with fresh coconut milk and 10 ingredients like fennugreek, lemongrass and ginger, her fluffy rice is bursting with flavours and was, hands down, the best of the lot. Offering five delicious sets starting from $4.90, look forward to scrummy accompaniments like fried chicken, five-spice pork confit marinated with coffee grounds, as well as her famed crispy pork belly, which was lightly fried and not oily. All sets come with two omelette, ikan bilis and a healthy scoop of sambal belachan and coffee sambal. Tip: Request for her extra spicy sambal if you love your spice. #01-03A, Infinite Studio, 21 Media Circle.
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak
You can’t talk about nasi lemak without talking about the outlet at Chong Pang. Spice up your usual plate of coconut rice, chicken wing, egg and otah with other delicious sides on offer, including cabbage or luncheon meat. Arguably, what makes or breaks a plate of nasi lemak is the sambal chili sauce and Chong Pang Nasi Lemak’s is sure to bring back customers; the chili is sweet, yet packs a fiery kick. Be sure to make your way there early as queues start forming even before they open at 5pm. 447 Sembawang Road. Tel: 9655 1868
Deep fried crispy chicken wings from International Muslim Fosi Lemak
International Muslim Food Stall
It’s no secret: Changi Village is famous for its delicious nasi lemak. There are over three stalls selling the hearty dish here but, despite the competition, punters never fail to queue for a plate of International Muslim Food Stall’s nasi lemak–and we can understand why. Their chicken wings are fried in small batches, so you can rest assured that it will be served crispy and hot. The sambal packs a punch too and is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. #01-03, Changi Village Food Centre, 2 Changi Village Road.
Trust Damian D’Silva to whip up an authentic plate of nasi lemak. And by authentic, we mean the kind our great-grandparents had the luxury of enjoying. Painstakingly steaming the rice three times over after soaking the grains in coconut milk, his plate of fluffy rice so fragrant, you can literally eat it on its own. Comes complete with deep-fried selar fish, chicken strips, egg, and a generous dollop of his spicy sambal. #01-28 Timbre+, JTC Launchpad @ one-north, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent
Nasi Lemak Kukus
Who can say no to free-flow, steamed (not boiled!) fluffy coconut rice? At Nasi Lemak Kukus, you can help yourself to an unlimited amount of rice. Take your pick from various popular sides such as otah, ikan bilis to mutton rendang ($0.50-$3.50) before topping it off with sweet and spicy sambal sauce. Its graffiti littered walls and open concept kitchen gives this place a unique twist from your regular coffee shop experience, really giving making us feel right at home with their friendly service and smiles. 229 Selegie Road.
Bali Nasi Lemak
There’s no better complement to nasi lemak than velvety, spicy curry gravy at Bali Nasi Lemak. Established in Geylang since 1985, they are best known for their signature dishes such as sambal petai and kecap manis chicken (blackened honey chicken) For those slightly bored with your usual egg and chicken wing combo, you’ve come to the right place, with their array of yummy side dishes, guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Opened till 2AM daily, they will be sure to satisfy your midnight supper cravings. 2 Lorong 15 Geylang.
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