I admit I am a little late in trying this trending Nasi Lemak in Singapore, but I was met with a sold-out situation during the initial launch of Dickson Nasi Lemak at Joo Chiat.
As this is also a purely takeaway concept, there needs to be some planning of the route so that the food still stays relatively fresh upon consumption.
When Dickson Nasi Lemak opened, it was widely mentioned in the media.
Part of the reason why is because it claims to sell Nasi Lemak with the same recipe as Village Park restaurant in Malaysia.
It is also opened by the same owners of Champion Bolo Bun which still continues to enjoy popularity despite being opened for more than a year.
A takeaway joint located beneath the historic shophouses of Joo Chiat, be prepared for a long wait or an early-sold-out situation if you head over on the weekend.
Unlike other Nasi Lemak places, Dickson does not offer the pick-and-choose style.
They sell their Nasi Lemak in packed boxes, with options of Chicken Rendang ($8.30), Beef Rendang ($8.60), Sambal Sotong ($8.80) and Ayam Goreng Berempah ($9.20).
There is a basic version without meat and a kid’s meal ($2.30), but no other sides.
Most would order the Ayam Goreng Berempah (it is recently available again). Apart from the anchovies and half a boiled egg, you get a spicy fried chicken breast meat marinated with herbs such as turmeric powder, ginger and lemongrass.
There is also the 18-ingredients sambal chilli which would add a nice kick to the dish.
However, do note that the rendang options do not include this chilli as the team feels the sambal does not complement the flavour of the heavier and richer rendang.
While there have been mixed reviews, I must say I loved the fragrance of the rice – supposedly steamed three times and cooked with milk from young coconuts, though I thought it could have been slightly fluffier.
The chicken rendang was also executed well, with nutty and buttery flavours that packed a good punch.
Not sure if other reviewers mentioned this, but its Kopi Peng ($2.50) is also worth a try – aromatic, smooth though could be a tad less sweet.
If you ae a Nasi Lemak fan, it is probably worth visiting and checking it out. I do wish that there is a sit-down concept at some point in time because their food taste best when eaten fresh.
Dickson Nasi Lemak
320 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427571
Opening Hours: 9am – 2:30pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed