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That McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger got me all craving for REAL Nasi Lemak.

Fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, accompanied with deep-fried chicken wings, otah otah, ikan bilis and peanuts, eggs, cucumber slices, and sambal chilli.

The popular places to get this iconic local dish include Power Nasi Lemak (Boon Lay), Selera Rasa (Adam Road Food Centre), Fong Seng (Clementi), Chong Pang Nasi Lemak (Sembawang), Market Street Nasi Lemak (Golden Shoe), and Mizzy Corner (Changi Village).

I usually just go to the ones at Tanjong Pagar Food Centre and Qiji (because it is nearby and convenient).

There are a few more modern eateries where you can get Nasi Lemak. Here are 7 of them:

The Coconut Club
NO. 6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787 (Chinatown MRT)
Tel: +65 6635 2999
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun)

$12.80 Nasi Lemak At Ann Siang That Got People Queuing
The Coconut Club got into the foodie limelight with their $12.80 Nasi Lemak, served at the hipster district of Ann Siang Hill.

Here is what’s so special about the rice: Old crop Thai Jasmine Rice is used. Coconuts are from one specific plantation in Sabak Bernam, and type is called the MAWA (The Malaysian West African strain).

This coconut milk is squeezed in-house, and has a creamier, richer texture.

Like the rice – it was lovely and fluffy. The chicken was the other tasty element, rubbed with lemongrass, galangal and turmeric, carrying with it Asian flavours rather than just a generic fried chicken. After all that hype, some say ”over-rated” though. The Coconut Club (Ann Siang)

Village Nasi Lemak Bar
57 Circular Road Singapore 049412
Tel: +65 6443 0400
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 10:00am till late (Fri), 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun

Humble Hawker Food Gets ‘Upgraded’ With Truffle Egg
Village Nasi Lemak has opened an outlet at 57 Circular Road, a short distance from the heart of Raffles Place.

It has been re-branded to be an Asian tapas bar, with locally inspired ‘tapas’ such as Fried Chicken, Rendang Beef, and Sambal Sotong available at night from 6pm onwards.

What I appreciated about this Nasi Lemak was its attempt to be different from others, with the inclusion of a truffle poached egg, cucumber cut in thin strips, and addition of deep fried crispy flour on the top of the rice for crunch. Village Nasi Lemak (Circular Road)

Revolution Coffee
Infinite Studio, 21 Media Circle #01-03A Singapore 138562
Tel: +65 6777 2110
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm Daily

$4.90 Nasi Lemak In A Hipster Café
A plate of Crispy Fried Chicken Nasi Lemak at Revolution Coffee is priced at a friendly $4.90.
Options with Crispy Pork, 5 Spiced Pork Confit, Beef Rendang or Chicken Rendang are still at a wallet-friendly $7.90 to $9.90.

The fragrant rice is painstakingly cooked by twice steaming over a three-hour period, ensuring a fluffy texture and a lemak taste which is not too heavy.

Compared to the hawker centre ones which are generally oily and richer in taste, I like how delicate this is, complete with light aroma.

CRAVE @ ION Orchard
Ion Orchard #B4-58/59, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6238 7181
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9:30pm

Originated From Adam Road Nasi Lemak
CRAVE houses both the popular Adam Road Nasi Lemak by Selera Rasa, as well as the Amoy Street Teh Tarik by Rafee’s Corner in the same place.

A normal Nasi Lemak set would be between $4.90 and $5.90, while a Royal Rumble with Chicken Wing, Bergedil and Kuning Fish is at $6.90. Top up $1 for Otah Otah.

The current owner attributes it to the family recipe that emphasizes on the 4 key ingredients: basmati rice, sambal chilli, chicken wing and otah otah.

The winning element to me was the Sambal Chilli, specially cooked with both Indian and Japanese chillies. Crave (ION Orchard)

Ponggol Nasi Lemak
371 Jalan Besar #01-01 Singapore 2089998
Tel: 65 6293 0020
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 11:00pm Daily, Closed Thurs

Supper Haunt At Jalan Besar
Ponggol Nasi Lemak goes upmarket, like a local version of a fast-food restaurant.

For convenience, there are four sets. I foresee many would order the Set 3, a double chicken wing and ikan bilis (anchovies) plate at $5.

There are some house specialities which can also be found at this Jalan Besar outlet – crispy chicken skin with curry leaves ($1.50 per serving), ngoh hiang ($1.50 per piece) and seafood dumpling ($1.60 for 2 pieces).

Thai Hom Mali grain is used for the rice, which did give it an edge – long grained, aromatic, resonating with flavours of coconut milk.

The overall feel was dry, compared to some other nasi lemak rice which could be more moist and fluffy. The winner is really in its home-made sambal chilli sauce, which brought the chicken wings (and other items) to another level. Ponggol Nasi Lemak (Jalan Besar)

Food Anatomy
Tanjong Pagar Centre, #B2-04, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 757492 (Near Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:00am – 10:00pm (Sat – Sun) (may close earlier on Sundays)

Nasi Lemak In A Cube
These deconstructed savoury cake-sized items from Food Anatomy are Instagram-able down to each colourful layer.

Prices are 2 cubes for $6.80, 3 cubes for $9.90, 18 cubes for $39 or 24 cubes for $75.

The Nasi Lemak – complete with chili and ikan bilis topping – was beautifully constructed with otah, coconut rice and egg. A sumptuous and fragrant treat which could be a hit if marketed properly.

Additional note: After the Nasi Lemak cube still tasted not too bad after takeaway and microwave. Food Anatomy (Tanjong Pagar Centre)

(Photo credit: @juicyfingers)

Route 12
No 12/13 Pahang Street, Singapore 198613

Nasi Lemak With Giant Sotong
Route 12 famous for their Nasi Lemak Sotong King ($18) with a ‘giant’ deep fried squid will be moving from 45 Sam Leong to Pahang Street at the Kampong Glam area.

And that Nasi Lemak Burger which triggered this post…

Other Related Entries
The Coconut Club (Ann Siang)
Crave (ION Orchard)
Ponggol Nasi Lemak (Jalan Besar)
Village Nasi Lemak (Circular Road)
Food Anatomy (Tanjong Pagar Centre)

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