Nasi Lemak is a traditional Malay food that’s hugely popular in Singapore and Malaysia. The fragrant rice which is cooked from coconut milk and pandan leaves is paired with sambal, egg, cucumber and other dishes such as fried chicken wings and rendang. Check out where to get an authentic plate of nasi lemak to satisfy your taste buds!
TOP 1 Ponggol Nasi Lemak
Ponggol Nasi Lemak is a heritage brand of nasi lemak established in 1979 by founders Mr Ang Chye Choon and Mdm Koh Ah Tan. It has since expanded to three stalls across Singapore, with each stall drawing long lines of queue especially during meal times. Walk past any of the stalls, and you will smell that whiff of fragrance from pandan leaves and coconut milk which makes your mouth water. Besides the winning rice cooked using premium Thai Hom Mali grains, their signature sambal and chicken wings are also hot favourites among patrons. Opened till well past midnight, the Kovan and Tanjong Katong branches are popular supper spots.
Address and opening hours:
371 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208998 (12pm – 11pm)
965 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534721 (5.30pm – 3.30am)
238 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437026 (5.30pm – 2.30am)
TOP 2 Chong Pang Nasi Lemak
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak is another nasi lemak powerhouse that has been around since 1973 when the founders established a humble stall in the former Chong Pang Village Hawker Centre. Its delectable nasi lemak and consistency in maintaining the quality of the food has earned it a strong following over the years. Today, they operate from a coffee shop along Sembawang Road. Though the location is rather out of the way, long queues still form at the shop. Patrons has remarked that the fried chicken is absolutely to-die-for, along with the sambal. There is also a wide variety of side dishes to choose from, and pricing is affordable too. Opened through the night till 7am, it is the place to go when you have late night cravings.
Address: 447 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758404
Opening hours: 5pm – 7am daily
TOP 3 Haji Maksah Barkat Chahya (Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak)
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak is a hot favourite amongst people who stay at the West side of Singapore and a favourite supper spot among NTU students. Snaking queues form at the stall during dinner and supper times. The generous amount of fragrant coconut rice (nasi lemak) paired with the spicy and savoury sambal makes the nasi lemak here truly power and irresistible. The side dishes such as fried chicken, fried fish and the various vegetables and tempeh are also done right and are great additions to complete the meal.
Address: 221 Boon Lay Place, #01-106 Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre, Singapore 641221
Mon: 4.30pm – 3.30am
Tue – Sun: 6.30am – 3.30am
TOP 4 Latiffa Huri
Another strong nasi lemak contender in the western part of Singapore is Latiffa Huri, which serves not only nasi lemak but also other popular Malay cuisine such as lontong, mee rebus, mee siam and nasi rawon. The nasi lemak is the most sought after item on the menu, so much so that there is a separate queue for patrons who want to order only nasi lemak. Even with two queues, long queues are still formed and the average waiting time is 30 minutes. The rice is fragrant and has just the right texture. The chicken wings and fish are fried to crispy perfection and the sambal is a hot favourite. You can also savour classic Malay side dishes such as sambal goreng.
Address: #01-426, 7 Stars Coffee Shop, 498 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 640498
Opening hours: 5.30am – 2pm daily
TOP 5 The Coconut Club
The Coconut Club is a shop that specializes in coconut dishes such as nasi lemak and cendol. Only freshly-squeezed coconut milk is used to prepare the food, hence the nasi lemak rice is extra fragrant. Besides the fragrant and fluffy rice, the fried chicken is also the star of the show. The fried chicken is markedly different from the usual ones served at nasi lemak stalls. It is termed ayam goreng berempah (fried chicken with spice), and rightfully so as it is nicely marinated with a host of herbs and spices such as lemongrass, galangal and turmeric, giving it a taste profile that’s extremely fragrant and irresistible. You wouldn’t bear to leave that delicious piece of chicken skin untouched! Round up the meal with a refreshing bowl of cendol and your joy will be complete.
Address: 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708
Monday – Sunday from 11am – 3pm
Monday – Saturday from 6pm – 9.30pm
TOP 6 Bali Nasi Lemak
Established in 1985, Bali Nasi Lemak has come a long way in offering a hearty plate of nasi lemak with delectable side dishes. Popular dishes include their signature kicap manis fried chicken (chicken wings with a coating of sweet soya sauce), golden crispy fried chicken, curry chicken and sambal petai. Besides that, there is also a variety of other side dishes, all priced affordably. The rice is rich and fluffy, and goes very well with the robust sambal which is spicy and savoury with a strong aroma of shallots.
Address: 2 Lorong 15 Geylang, Singapore 388596
Opening hours: 5pm – 4am daily (closed on alternate Sundays)
TOP 7 Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak is one of the nasi lemak stalls in Adam Road Food Centre that attracts a long queue of diners. The set meals here are named based on the ingredients in each set, with some bearing the names of card combinations in poker card games such as Royal Flush and Royal Rumble. If you are hungry and you want to try out every ingredient on the menu, get the Royal Rumble where you will have a taste of everything, namely fried egg, begedil (fried mashed potato with spices), fried chicken wing, otah, fried fish, ikan bilis and sambal. The sambal is less spicy and more sweet than others in general.
Address: 2 Adam Rd, #01-02 Adam Road Food Centre, Singapore 289876
Monday – Thursday 7am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday 7am – 3pm
Closed on Fridays
TOP 8 No. 1 Adam’s Nasi Lemak
No. 1 Adam’s Nasi Lemak is another popular nasi lemak stall at Adam Road Food Centre, right beside Selera Rasa. Long grain basmati rice is used for a better texture, and with fragrant coconut milk and pandan leaves, it certainly helped to bring the rice up another notch. The rendang here steals the show from fried chicken wings. The beef rendang is tender and flavourful, which leaves you wanting for more. Be sure to get the rendang to go with the nasi lemak!
Address: 2 Adam Rd, #01-01 Adam Road Food Centre, Singapore 289876
Wednesday – Monday 8:30am – 2pm
Closed on Tuesdays
TOP 9 International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak
Changi Village Market & Food Centre houses several nasi lemak stalls, and International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak is one of the stalls that have stood the test of time and garnered a loyal following. Premium jasmine rice is used to cook the fragrant rice, which contributes to a good texture. The fried chicken wings are flavourful and crispy with a hint of ginger to add to the flavour profile. The sambal is another winning component that gives the flavour explosion when paired with the rice. All in all, it is a good plate of nasi lemak!
Address: 2 Changi Village Road, #01-03 Changi Village Hawker Centre, Singapore 500002
Mon to Fri: 9am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am
Sat: 9am – 7pm
Sun: 10am – 12am
TOP 10 Nasi Lemak Kukus
This nasi lemak stall is different from all the others in the list as the rice is nasi lemak kukus (steamed coconut rice). The rice is steamed so that it is more light and moist, and the best part is you can get this delectable rice free flow for just $1. The nasi lemak is also fully customizable – you get to scoop the amount of rice, sambal, cucumber, ikan bilis and roasted peanuts, and select the side dishes. The selection of side dishes is quite wide, and there are even six different types of gravy you can drench your nasi lemak in, which caters to people with different spice tolerance level. With such sumptuous food and wide variety of side dishes, it is no surprise that this shop is almost always full house.
Address : 229 Selegie Rd, Singapore 188344
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 12pm – 10.30pm (closed on Sundays)
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