8 Places in Singapore That Deliver Authentic Nasi Ambeng ⁠To Your Doorstep

With origins from Java, Indonesia, nasi ambeng is a traditional communal dish that was immensely popular back in the 1960s to 1980s. Served on a large dulang (tray) comprising of steaming white rice nestled amongst a mouthwatering selection of side dishes, many regard nasi ambeng as a dish signifying unity and togetherness. 

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Still considered a must-have in almost every religious and social gatherings, a portion of this extravagant celebratory dish takes up to a gruelling 4 hours to prepare and cook. On days when nasi ambeng is on the menu, the kitchen comes to life almost immediately with everyone in the family playing their part in contributing to this culinary masterpiece. 

In this multicultural society that we live in today, nasi ambeng is no longer limited to the Javanese community. Despite it being a less popular ‘nasi’ dish in our local food scene, there are in fact, a handful of eateries in Singapore selling wallet and portion friendly versions of this ceremonial dish.

Here are 8 places to get an authentic plate of nasi ambeng that also delivers to your doorstep.

1. Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak

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With snaking queues of diners waiting patiently to get their hands on a packet of nasi lemak pre ‘circuit breaker’, Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak needs no further introduction. Known for their basmati coconut rice and sweet sambal, the eatery’s delivery menu extends beyond their signature Nasi Lemak Bento Sets (from S$4.80) to include other dishes such as Nasi Rawon, Nasi Jenganan, and Nasi Ambeng Dulang. 

Recommended for two, the Ambeng Standard Dulang (S$20.90) consist of Jasmine rice topped with Shredded Coconut, Beansprouts & Winged Beans, accompanied by the likes of Ayam Lemak Chili Padi, Beef Rendang, and Sambal Goreng.

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Enjoy your nasi ambeng anywhere you are with their islandwide delivery. Order a minimum of S$20 and you will be able to get your meal delivered for just S$7. With the launch Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak’s online shop, you can also get 5% off all orders above S$40 with the code ‘Super5’ upon checkout!

Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak: OutletsFacebook | Instagram | Website

2. Pu3 Restaurant

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Located at TripleOne Somerset above NTUC FairPice finest, Pu3 Restaurant is an established nasi ambeng restaurant that remains committed to serving their nasi ambeng communal-style. At S$50, their Dulang Ambeng Basic feeds up to four persons and features classic side dishes like Daging Rendang (beef rendang), Ayam Lemak Cili Padi (chicken cooked in coconut cream), and Terong Belado (eggplants with chili).

For a pimped out version, try their Dulang Ambeng Royal (S$60) which includes the addition of Sambal Kacang Ikan Bilis (anchovies in chili), Udang Belado Hijau (spicy shrimps) and Ikan Kering (fried fish). Both the Dulang Ambeng Basic and Dulang Ambeng Royal also comes in smaller sets, so you won’t have to worry if you are just ordering for yourself.

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For islandwide delivery, call or WhatsApp your orders to +65 9272 0034. Alternatively, orders can also be placed online here. Delivery fee is priced at S$15 and be reminded to place your orders at least three hours in advance to avoid any disappointment!

Pu3 Restaurant: 111 Somerset Road, 111 Somerset, #02-20, Singapore 238164 | Tel: +65 9272 0034 | Opening Hours: 10.30am – 8.30pm (Mon to Thurs), 10.30am – 9pm (Fri to Sun) | Facebook | Instagram | Website

3. Sofnade

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A common name that is seen at almost all the pasar malams and pop-ups around Singapore, one will never expect Sofnade to be selling nasi ambeng under their menu. Afterall, Sofnade is famously known for its yummy pasar malam goodies and unique beverages.

Especially for bubble tea lovers, you can now pair your nasi ambeng with a refreshing cup of bubble tea to beat the heat as you savour on the spicy sambal dishes. Sofnade’s Nasi Ambeng Set comes in four sizes (from S$12.90 to S$189) ready to feed up to 10 pax! All their nasi ambeng allows you to choose your favourite meat option (Beef Rendang, Lamb Rendang, and Chicken Curry) as well as additional special side dishes. 

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Complete your meal with Sofnade’s freshly brewed bubble teas, fusion teas, signature lemonades, and sodas. With more than 20 different beverages and up to six toppings, you will be spoilt for choice when selecting your drink!

For islandwide delivery, WhatsApp to +65 8930 9756 or place your orders online here. Minimum order of S$30 is required for you to enjoy delivery at only S$5. Order above S$80 and your meal will be delivered to your doorstep—free of charge.

Sofnade: Tel: +65 8930 9756 | Facebook | Instagram | Website

4. Coba Coba

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Although we are not allowed to dine-in at Coba Coba and busk in the comfortable ambiance of this hippy eatery, fans can still relish in their Nasi Ambeng Sharing Platters and Nasi Ambeng Bento Boxes as they are now available for islandwide delivery.

Coba Coba’s monstrous Deluxe Nasi Ambeng Sharing Platter (from S$38.90) features a variety of meats and seafood that are bound to leave you craving for more. The eatery also allows for non-beef eaters to replace their Beef Rendang with Ayam Masak Merah (chicken in spicy tomato sauce) and Mixed Vegetables. Single portions of their nasi ambeng are also available at S$10.80 with the option of Beef Rendang, Sotong, and Chicken for you to choose from!

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Order your nasi ambeng from Coba Coba online or via GrabFood. Although there’s no minimum order required, islandwide delivery is S$20 with additional charges for the CBD, Sentosa and Tuas areas. With a minimum spend of S$50, enjoy S$8 off your delivery fee when you order with Coba Coba online!

Coba Coba: 156 Yishun Street 11, #01-06, Singapore 760156 | Tel: +65 6382 2622 | Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Daily) | Facebook | Instagram | Website

5. Hajjah Mariam Cafe

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If you are one who enjoys the characteristic pungency of animal entrails—cow’s lungs, in particular—Hajjah Mariam Cafe’s nasi ambeng will be your number one choice. Though we can’t enjoy our nasi ambeng served on their trademark enamel metal plates in the cafe itself, nasi ambeng lovers can still savour Hajjah Mariam Cafe’s Ambeng Premium which includes the addition of brinjal and cow’s lungs on top of their standard side dishes. 

Their Ambeng Premium comes in three sizes—Mega (S$47), Jumbo (S$35.50), and Solo (S$11.50)—enough to feed four, three, and one pax respectively. Like me, if you can’t seem to decide on the choice of beef or chicken as your main protein, feel free to opt for their Duet Ambeng Premium (S$23) as it allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds!

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Call +65 9062 0041 or +65 9141 6629 to place your orders for islandwide delivery or self-collection. Delivery charges ranging from S$15 to S$50 are applicable depending on location and quantity. In addition, do be reminded to order two weeks in advance!

Hajjah Mariam Cafe: 3 Gateway Drive,Westgate Shopping Mall, #B2-08, Singapore 608532 | Tel: +65 9062 0041 | Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Daily) | Facebook | Website

6. My Spice Affair

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Started in the 1970s by Madam Salmah, a street warong hawker serving nasi padang along Jalan Kayu and Seletar back in the days, My Spice Affair grew into an established eatery and is now located in Aperia Mall.

Although My Spice Affair is said to be a nasi padang restaurant by day and a nasi ambeng cafe by night, the launch of the brand’s nasi ambeng delivery services in 2016 has since allowed their diners the opportunity to satisfy their nasi ambeng cravings any time of the day. My Spice Affair’s Solo Ambeng (S$13.80) comes in the option of Beef Rendang Set or Chicken Lemak Chili Padi Set good for one, whilst their Premium Ambeng (S$34.80) and Jumbo Ambeng (S$64) contains both types of meat with a portion huge enough to feed three and five persons respectively. 

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Orders can be placed online, through Facebook message or via WhatsApp to +65 8424 2182. Minimum order of S$45 is required and the delivery fees will be advised by the eatery once orders are placed. Just for those of you who are planning to get their Jumbo Ambeng, My Spice Affair is also giving away two free desserts with every purchase made! Free desserts for an after-meal treat, why not right?

My Spice Affair:12 Kallang Avenue, Aperia Mall, #02-11, Singapore, 339511| Tel: +65 6702 2785 | Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon to Fri & Sun) | Facebook | Instagram | Website

7. Istimewa Nasi Padang

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Serving authentic home-style Malay delights in the neighbourhood of Bukit Merah since 1989, Istimewa Nasi Padang has been a well-known food hangout in the area. Aside from their signature Ayam Goreng Istimewa (S$5.80), the husband and wife team are also known for their nasi ambeng platters which they serve on a huge banana leaf.

With 12 of the eatery’s best dishes featured in a single platter, Istimewa Nasi Padang’s nasi ambeng platters are available in two sizes—Nasi Ambeng Full (S$50) and Nasi Ambeng Half (S$28). All their dishes are packed separately for maximum freshness, allowing you the option to reheat your nasi ambeng if you are not planning to devour them immediately. 

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If you are in the midst of selecting your nasi ambeng orders with Istimewa Nasi Padang online, you are in for a treat as islandwide delivery for any order of their nasi ambeng is at a mere S$5 delivery fee. Yes, I repeat, just S$5! So, what are you waiting for?

Istimewa Nasi Padang: 28 Hoy Fatt Road, Fuling F&B Coffeeshop, Singapore 151028 | Tel: +65  9424 6884| Opening Hours: 7am – 3.30pm (Daily) | Facebook | Instagram | Website

8. Padi @ Bussorah

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Located in one of the colonial shophouses, tucked along Bussorah Street in the heart of Kampong Glam, Padi @ Bussorah not only whip up hefty plates of Malay delicacies but also western delights such as the Hawaiian Pizza (S$17.40) and Seafood Aglio Olio (S$17.40).

Their Ambeng Platters consist of fluffy steam white rice and a generous serving of Sambal Belacan alongside eight side dishes which include Beef Rendang, Chicken in Spicy Coconut Gravy, and Sambal Squid. Ranging from S$12 to S$55, feel free to pick a platter big enough to feed everyone in your family!

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For the period from 6 April 2020 to 30 June 2020, get to enjoy free delivery with every order of at least S$55. Otherwise, a delivery fee of S$15 will be applicable. Online orders will require an advance booking of at least one day, where else same day orders can be placed via GrabFood, foodpanda, Facebook message, a call to +65 6291 3921, or WhatsApp to +65 8798 7891.

Padi @ Bussorah: 53 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199469 | Tel: +65 6291 3921| Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun to Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Many times, food in our culture is not just about its taste and flavour. Traditional dishes often entail a strong cultural significance and values in which many of us hold dearly to this day. Nasi ambeng is one such dish.

It’s a dish that signifies hospitality. A dish that brings about a communal act of gathering around the table to share love though one of human’s basic necessities—food. 

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