Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang is all about the quintessential Malay dish iconic Nasi Lemak but with a twist.

In this concept, they fuse a tried-and-tested recipe for Nasi Lemak, with an age-old recipe of ancient Ayam Taliwang from Indonesia.

Both dishes are humble dishes from their own regions. But the result is a one that became quite popular in Singapore – Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang.

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This cross-cultural mix of flavours began when a Singaporean and Indonesian fell in love.

Mohammed Noorman and Puti Andam’s paths crossed when they worked as cabin crew in the same airline.

During their honeymoon in Lombok, Indonesia, they tried Ayam Taliwang, a local grilled chicken dish. After being captivated by its memorable taste, they decided to bring it to Singapore.

Together, they first started their very own Nasi Lemak stall at Yishun Park Hawker Centre.

The Halal-certified stall at Yishun Park Food Centre has recently been included in the Michelin Guide with a ”Michelin Plate”.

They now have outlets around Singapore, at Hougang (Ci Yuan Food Centre), Tampines Street 81 (4 Kopi House), Kaki Bukit (Makan Empire), and Canberra (Canberra Plaza).

With a revamped branding, they now offer Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang ($6.20), Nasi Lemak Ayam Balado ($6.20), Nasi Lemak Cabe Ijo ($6.20), Nasi Lemak Kecap Sambal ($6.20), Nasi Lemak Jumbo Set ($6.20), Nasi Lemak Fillet Set ($4.50), and Nasi Lemak Fish & Otah ($4.60).

Their Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang ($6.20) is potentially addictive for it is very spicy – at least for the usual Singapore palate.

The sauce itself carries strong flavours blending sweet, spicy, and tangy notes.

The Ayam Taliwang marinade is prepared by hand accordingly, using loads of fresh chili, shallots, tamarind juice and Belachan. The result is a deep-flavoured paste that coats the chicken to marinate it.

Another interesting thing to note is once marinated, they first steam the chicken to lock in the flavours, then grill it to release the taste and aroma.

Therefore, you may find the texture of the chicken on the soft side, rather fork-tender.

They serve it with nasi lemak, fragrant rice cooked in creamy coconut milk – rather aromatic and flavourful (though not the best I had in terms of the rice and rice alone).

There was once when ‘everything’ was almost sold out, so I ordered a Nasi Lemak Chicken & Otah ($4.80). A not bad rendition though chicken wings could have been crispier and more marinated.

The Ayam Taliwang is the main star here.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang (Yishun)
51 Yishun Avenue 11, #01-33 Yishun Park Hawker Centre, Singapore 768867
Tel: +65 8750 5240
Opening Hours: 7am – 6:30pm (Tue – Sat), 7am – 4:30pm (Sun), Closed Mon

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