Sedap Nasi lemak, the Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in creamy coconut milk and pandan leaf, is one of Singaporean’s favourite dish.
Add some crispy chicken wings, deep-fried fish, otah otah, fried ikan bilis and peanuts, eggs and cucumber slices for a more indulgent treat.
Not forgetting the much-need sambal chilli sauce for that oomph.
Here are 10 Nasi Lemak Dishes found in Singapore, listed from Cheap Cheap to Atas, motivated by the Toggle Series Cheap Cheap vs Atas.
In this episode, hosts Amander Liew (from Bellygood) and Jianhao Tan track down some cheap ($2) to atas ($36!) Nasi Lemak dishes and give their verdict. Click PLAY below to watch the full episode.
10 Nasi Lemak Dishes In Singapore – From Cheap Cheap To Atas
Pandan Leaf Nasi Lemak
Tanjong Pagar Food Centre #02-25, 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Singapore 081006
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 1:00pm (Mon – Sat). Closed Sun
$3 Generous Portion
There are at least 3 Nasi Lemak stalls around at Tanjong Pagar Food Centre. This is my favourite.
A single dish contains SO MANY ingredients from a plump fried chicken drumstick, egg, ngor hiang, fishcake and dollop of sambal chilli. For only $3.
I enjoyed the crispy chicken with quite juicy meat, and the fragrant light-green pandan rice.
Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak 家香椰浆饭
CT Hub2, 114 Lavender Street, #01-08/09 Singapore 338729
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:00am – 4:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun
$4 Blue Nasi Lemak
The instagrammable blue Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak is located at the slightly ulu Lavender Street CT Hub 2 aisle.
Do not worry about artificial colourings. The blue in the rice comes from blue peaberry flowers, which is commonly used for that hue in galaxy drinks and kueh kueh.
Jia Xiang’s prices are value-for-money as well, with the basic set at $2.50, $4.00 with a chicken wing, and $4.50 with chicken drumstick which includes a sunny side up egg, fried chicken, achar, peanuts, anchovies, and sambal chilli. (I added an Otah).
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. So affordable!
There are options with Crispy Pork, 5 Spiced Pork Confit, Beef Rendang or Chicken Rendang, all at a wallet-friendly $7.90 to $9.90 considering it is a café setting.
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.
CRAVE @ ION Orchard
Ion Orchard #B4-58/59, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6238 7181
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9:30pm
$5.90 Originated From Adam Road Nasi Lemak
CRAVE found at the ‘atas’ ION Orchard was developed from Adam Road Nasi Lemak by Selera Rasa.
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.
Red Dot Design Museum, 11 Marina Boulevard #01-01 Singapore 018940
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 2:00am
$6.80 (for 2) 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.
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
$7.80 ‘Upgraded’ With Truffle Egg
Village Nasi Lemak has re-branded to be an Asian tapas bar, located in the heart of the CBD.
One of the key features of the Nasi Lemak is the truffle poached egg.
What I appreciated about this Nasi Lemak was its attempt to be different from others – cucumbers are cut in thin strips, and deep fried crispy flour are on the top of the rice for crunch.
(Also check out this Nasi Lemak at Cheap Cheap vs Atas.)
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 Hipster Nasi Lemak
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: Old crop Thai Jasmine Rice is used, and coconuts are from one specific plantation in Sabak Bernam, with a specific type called the MAWA (The Malaysian West African strain).
This coconut milk is squeezed in-house, and has a creamier, richer texture. Liked the rice – it was lovely and fluffy. The chicken was the other tasty element, rubbed with lemongrass, galangal and turmeric.
Even PM Lee has visited the shop!
No 13 Pahang Street, Singapore 198613
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 11:00pm (Mon – Fri), 1:30pm – 11:00pm (Sat – Sun)
$18 Nasi Lemak With Giant Sotong
Route 12 is famous for their Nasi Lemak Sotong King ($18) with a ‘giant’ deep fried squid. Note: It has moved to Pahang Street at the Kampong Glam area.
Each platter consist of Pandan Nasi Lemak made of basmati rice, 3 chicken wings, 3 pieces of fish, omelette eggs, sambal, cucumber, peanuts & ikan billis and the star of Giant Sotong King.
Don’t finish it alone. Recommended for 3 pax.
30 Penhas Road Singapore 208188 (Lavender MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 11:00am – 11:00pm (Fri, Eve of PH), 10:00am – 11:00pm (Sat), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sun)
$20 Nasi Lemak Burger
McDonald’s may have caused Nasi Lemak Burger craze a few months back, but this version looks like it is here to stay.
What you get is a ‘burger bun’ of Japanese rice cooked with fresh pandan juice, sandwiched with XXXL Chicken, homemade mackeral and prawn otah, luncheon meat, egg and special dried shrimp chilli which reminded me of my grandma’s hae bee hiam.
The Otah Otah was home-made, and you could really taste the difference – that it was not as starchy as the ordinary ones.
(Cheap Cheap vs Atas has also introduced this Nasi Lemak, check out what the hosts have to say.)
Chef Wan’s Kitchen
8 Raffles Avenue, #02-14 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Tel: +65 63974911
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)
$35+ Balado Lobster Nasi Lemak (Promo price at $23.90+ now)
Popular chef and TV personality Chef Wan has opened a NEW restaurant at Esplanade Mall. Unknown to many, it serves up a mighty dish of Balado Lobster Nasi Lemak.
Balado? It is a type of spice mixture found in many West Sumatran dishes, made by stir-frying chilli pepper, garlic, shallot, tomato and key lime.
The fleshy lobster is coated with a generous amount of the sauce, together with fragrant nasi lemak, Chef Wan’s signture Sambal, belachan kang kong, egg and crispy crackers.
Cheap Cheap vs Atas
In the Toggle series Cheap Cheap vs Atas, 2 hosts will explore various local cuisines that can be found at both value (cheap cheap) and high end (atas) prices.
Are we paying too much for a dish at an upscale restaurant when a similar dish at a hawker centre tastes nearly just as good?
To spice things up, there will be a quirky element in every episode. In this Nasi Lemak episode, find out how Antoinette known for its desserts, incorporates the local dish into the menu.
The main host for this series is Amander Liew from Bellygood who is known for her frank critic.
Every episode, there will an influencer guest co-hosts. Other than Jianhao Tan (who will co-host 4 episodes), look out what Xiaxue, Rachel Wong, Sylvia (NOC) and Jinnyboy have to recommend.
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