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5 Spots in Singapore to Eat Authentic Nasi Lemak Dishes
by: The Beat Asia
Singaporean cuisine is the product of Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, and Malaysian influences. No wonder why many Singaporeans love this Malaysian staple called nasi lemak.
Originated in Malaysia, nasi lemak is an all-day meal made with coconut milk, sambal, egg (fried or hard-boiled), peanuts, anchovies, shrimp paste, and other condiments.
Generally, nasi lemak is wrapped in a pyramid-shaped banana leaf paired with fried chicken, fish, and a lot more.
From traditional recipes to a fresh twist, we’ve listed some of the food establishments that serve this popular dish around the Lion City.
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak @ Taman Jurong
Boon Lay Power has been offering authentic nasi lemak in Singapore since 1971. The restaurant is known for its fresh ingredients and good-quality coconut oil used in its signature Chicken Set (made with chicken wing, ikan bilis, sambal, and a fried egg).
Other nasi lemak meals you should try are the Selar Kunning set, Otah Otah set, Fish Fillet set, Paru set, Ayam Berempah set, and more. Group packages that cater to around five to 50 persons are also available for as low as S$26.40.
The place is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4 PM only.
Location: Stall 14, 101 Yung Sheng Road, #01-01
The Coconut Club
The Coconut Club is one of the most popular go-to places for people who are obsessed with nasi lemak in Singapore.
The restaurant’s nasi lemak sets include Ayam Goreng Berempah Leg Set, Ayam Goreng Berempah Breast Set, Ayam Lemak Chilli Padi Set, Grilled Fish Set, and Kids Set (ideal for aged five years old and below). Price starts at S$5.
Aside from nasi lemak, the Coconut Club offers appetisers, desserts, and beverages that perfectly complement your entire meal.
Location: 28 Ann Siang Road; 97 Frankel Avenue
Uptown Nasi Lemak
Uptown Nasi Lemak is home to authentic Malaysian-style nasi lemak meals as the restaurant uses traditional Malaysian recipes and condiments only. Plus, each nasi lemak dish is served with favourite Malaysian side dishes such as sambal sotong (squid in stir-fried chili paste) or sambal kerang (cockles in stir-fried chili paste).
We recommend trying Uptown’s signature dish Nasi Lemak with Ayam Goreng Berempah, as well as the traditional family recipe, Nasi Lemak with Kapitan Chicken. To view the restaurant’s all-day menu, go here.
Location: 121 Telok Ayer Street #01-01 Stall #7
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak is one of the oldest food establishments that serve nasi lemak in Singapore, tracing back its humble beginnings at the Chong Pang Village Hawker Centre in 1973.
Similar to other nasi lemak restaurants, Chong Pang has set meals priced at S$4.40 to S$5.20. If you’re thinking of adding something to your meal, it also has other food items on the menu such as dried fish recipes, vegetable sambal, fish cake, sausages, and luncheon meat, to name a few.
Location: 447 Sembawang Road
Established in 1997, Mizzy Corner became a popular store for selling Basmati coconut rice, paired with sweet sambal and its signature marinated chicken wings.
It is a one-stop dining place for those who are craving for local Malay dishes. Its nasi lemak is served in bento and Dulang sets. Other Malay dishes you can try at Mizzy Corner are Nasi Jenganan, Nasi Ambeng Dulang and Nasi Sambal Goreng.
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