Malay

Malay

Featuring The Coconut Club (Beach Road), Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House (Ann Siang Road), Cafe Pandan, Uptown Nasi Lemak, Wild Coco (Boon Keng), Ponggol Nasi Lemak (Capitol Singapore), Spicy Wife Nasi Lemak (Amoy Street Food Centre)
Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

Finally tried the popular Aromatic Chicken Nasi Lemak ($6.50) from @spicywifenasilemak at Amoy Street Food Centre (#02-119) and this is one of the most generous Nasi Lemak I ever had. It comes with a HUGE grilled chicken leg, fried egg, ikan bilis, peanut and chilli.

The rice is very moist and fragrant. The grilled chicken leg is marinated thoroughly, super tender and full of flavour and char - the skin is especially tasty. Priced at $6.50, this is really a steal for the quality and portion (I am not a small eater but I could not finish my plate) - no wonder it draws long lunch queues on weekdays!

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Decided to brave the weekday lunch crowd to try Uptown Nasi Lemak and it did not disappoint!

Located within a coffeeshop at 121 Telok Ayer Street, this stall sells Malaysian-style Nasi Lemak and the Nasi Lemak with Ayam Goreng Berempah ($8.70 for whole leg, $6.80 for drumstick) is good. The chicken leg is well-marinated, moist and tender, while the skin is crispy and fragrant. The chilli is not the sweet kind of sambal, but it is not too spicy too. The tangy achar served on the side helps to cut through the grease, which is great.

Although it’s a little pricey, the portion is very big and all the elements are quite well done. I’m not very sure if this lives up to Malaysian-style Nasi Lemak as I have not tried it before, but this is definitely a hearty (and food coma-inducing) lunch on its own!

The Fried Tempeh Tofu ($6) is freshly fried upon order. This is seasoned just right and I love the beany aroma of the tempeh and tofu.

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If there is one word to describe the Nasi Lemak with Sambal Fried Fish ($10.80) from Wild Coco, it has to be FRESH. The turmeric kembong fish is freshly fried upon order and it is crisp on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside and very fragrant. The house-made sambal balado looks very spicy, but it is actually quite manageable and adds much flavour and oomph to the fish.

The sides are equally impressive. The coconut rice is fluffy and aromatic. The ikan bilis and peanuts are fried daily and are fresh and crispy. The runny yolk of the sunny side binds everything together nicely. The only downside is that the fish can get quite oily after awhile, which makes it a little jelak towards the end. Nonetheless, this is still a very good plate of Nasi Lemak.

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The Nasi Lemak set ($6.50) comes with 1 meat, 1 vegetable and 1 egg of your choice. The coconut rice is fluffy and fragrant, the chilli is just the right amount of sweet and spicy and the fried ikan bilis and peanuts have a nice crunch. The chicken wings are not the best I’ve had - I prefer one with a crunchier exterior and with the drumlet intact. Having said that, the meat is juicy and tender. The other items such as white cabbage and sambal brinjal are quite good. There are also 4 types of egg to choose from: sunny side up, omelette, sambal egg and sous vide egg.

I wasn’t expecting much, but the nasi lemak from Ponggol Nasi Lemak at Capitol Piazza (#B1-36/36A) is actually pretty good! I ordered fried chicken wing, luncheon meat, egg, ikan bilis & peanuts for $6.90, which is not too bad considering the location. The coconut rice is moist and fragrant while the chicken wing is crispy and tasty. This can satisfy my Nasi Lemak craving any day:)

This is my first visit to The Coconut Club after they have shifted to their current location, and it’s good to know that their signature Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng Berempah ($12.80) is still as good as ever! The chicken thigh is tender and flavourful, the coconut rice is fragrant and the sambal is quite spicy! Had to queue 25min during weekday lunch but thankfully it did not disappoint:)

Finally tried The Coconut Club after reading much good reviews! It’s is pretty good, especially the chicken that is super tender! I wished the chili is sweeter though - I felt that it’s a little too spicy for nasi lemak! But overall, still thoroughly satisfied👍🏻

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Can we take a moment to appreciate how pretty is this😍? More importantly, it’s as much a feast on the stomach as it is on the eye:D!

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