The competition amongst Nasi Lemak shops is relatively stiff. Many fans have their firm favourites, and new stalls constantly open and innovate.
Some of the newer Nasi Lemak names in Singapore out there include The CoCo Rice (Tiong Bahru Food Centre), Mr & Mrs Nasi Lemak (Tiong Bahru), HUSK Nasi Lemak (Bugis Cube), Dickson Nasi Lemak (Joo Chiat), Uptown Nasi Lemak (121 Telok Ayer Street), OG Lemak (Newton Food Centre) and 97 Nasi Lemak (Old Airport Road Food Centre).
Yes, that many.
There is Wild Coco at a McNair Road coffeeshop with frequent comparisons drawn to the famous, atas The Coconut Club. Except that it is priced more affordably.
For price comparison, a Chicken Leg Nasi Lemak at Wild Coco cost $9.80; while a similarly presented plate at The Coconut Club is at $18.80.
Wild Coco serves non-MSG Malaysian-style Nasi Lemak within a refurbished open-air corner coffeeshop.
The place is only five minutes away from Boon Keng Road, and there are also Xin Yuan Ji Fish Soup (sometime known as the “Bugis Fish Soup” and Hei Kee Wanton Mee sold at the same coffee shop.
Do note that while the closing hours is 8:30pm on most nights, the Nasi Lemak or some of the ingredients get sold out early, especially during the weekends.
There are offerings of Ayam Berempah Nasi Lemak ($9.80), Ayam Rendang Nasi Lemak ($11.80), Sambal Fried Fish Nasi Lemak ($10.80), or a basic Nasi Lemak ($5.80).
Each plate comes with coconut rice, egg, ikan bilis, peanuts, sambal and cucumber.
These can be paired with dishes and sides such as Nyonya Assam Eggplant ($7.80), Stir Fry Lady Finger ($7.80), Stir Fry French Bean with Chye Po ($7.80), Sambal Fried Fish ($8.00) and Fried Fish ($7).
I was recommended to try the Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah ($9.80) served with a well-marinated, beautifully fried golden-brown chicken leg or breast meat.
Instead of a floury batter, you get a sour-sweet flavour mix of ginger and lemongrass when you bite into the crust.
The fried chicken (and perhaps fried egg) was my favourite part to the plate due to its succulent meat matched with fragrant, semi-crisp skin.
While I had read quite a number of favourable reviews on the rice, I thought it lacked the coconuty-fragrance and flavours and richness distinctly-associated with Nasi Lemak.
The grains were unfortunately part-mushy and part on the harder side, which could be a result of undercooking.
(As service recovery, the Wild Coco team offered a kopi and later a refund – which I declined as I have eaten most of the other components of the plate anyway.)
So hopefully they could keep the rice cooking (and perhaps stock of certain ingredients) more consistent. (I spotted many other customers eating that same rice as I did – I wonder how they would react.)
As for the sambal, I was more impartial as it was thick, rich, and to the spicy side with lack of sweetness – that’s their version, and I suspect it is the one thing that could keep customers divided.
122 McNair Rd, #01-45, Singapore 320122
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 3pm (Mon). 10:30am – 8:30pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun
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* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Juliet Huang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.