20 best nasi lemak stalls in Singapore

Asking a Singaporean about fried chicken will usually lead to one thing: nasi lemakIt is, after all, one of the two major components of the traditional plate of this ever-popular dish, the other being fragrant coconut rice. 

If you’re ever craving a good plate of nasi lemak, this list will help you find the 20 best nasi lemak stalls in Singapore. Just note that the entries aren’t ranked in any particular order and are just a compilation of our favourites.

1. Mama Lemak

Nasi Lemak - mama lemak stall front

We don’t usually picture using Eurasian-style curry to make nasi lemak but that is what Mama Lemak does. 

Nasi Lemak - mama lemak devil's curry

They are located at Foodies’ Garden food court in Hougang Mall and offer 6 varieties of nasi lemak sets. One of them is the Devil’s Chicken Curry Set (S$8.80) which pairs Devil’s curry with coconut rice.

Devil’s curry is the aforementioned Eurasian-style curry, traditionally made from leftovers from Christmas dinners. It’s made with a blend of chilli paste and vinegar.

Nasi Lemak - mama lemak beef rendang set

Another saucy choice is the Beef Rendang Set (S$9.80) which is served with a a generous portion of tender beef. 

Both sets come with ikan bilis, a sunny-side-up egg, peanuts, cucumber, a topping of fried shallots and a side of sambal chilli. 

Nasi Lemak - mama lemak chicken wings

You may also indulge in the best part of regular nasi lemak – the Chicken Wings (S$2.20 for 1, S$12.90 for 6). The freshly fried will be topped with a sprinkling of homemade fried shallots.

The wings are marinated with a blend of spices, like turmeric and curry powder just to name some. It’s also why the chicken wings have a much deeper colour to them. 

Mama Lemak also offers Chicken (S$1), Mutton (S$1.20) and Beef (S$1.10) satay with a minimum order of 10 sticks. 

90 Hougang Ave 10, Hougang Mall (Foodies Garden), #04-11
Daily: 10am to 10pm
Order Delivery: Deliveroo

2. Sixth Avenue Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Sixth Avenue Nasi Lemak stall front

When people think of Sixth Avenue, they see the multitude of condominiums and restaurants. All at a high cost. Yet, nestled within the area is Sixth Avenue Nasi Lemak, offering wallet-friendly dishes at a humble kopitiam.

Nasi Lemak- Sixth Avenue Nasi Lemak nasi lemak

Here, the Chicken Nasi Lemak Set (S$5.20) uses long grain rice and comes with a sunny-side-up egg, a cut-up fried chicken wing, ikan billis, and thick cucumber slices, all with a side of sambal

The rice is aromatic, with hints of pandan and coconut. The chicken here is marinated with ingredients like turmeric, leaving it with a light golden batter. The ikan billis adds to the dish with its crispy texture and savoriness that pairs well with the rice. 

The show-stopper here though, is really their homemade Sambal. It’s such a big deal that Sixth Avenue sells them in containers ranging from S$1.50 to S$10. For just adding more to your set, it will be an extra charge of S$0.30

Nasi Lemak - Sixth Avenue Nasi Lemak otak otak

They have add-ons like Otak-otak (S$1.40) and Lontong (S$4 – S$4.50), but the latter sells out pretty early and you should be there for it by 8am at the latest. 

12 Sixth Ave, Singapore 276475
+65 9005 6372
Mon to Sat: 6am – 1pm
Sun: 6.30am – 12.30pm

3. Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang

Nasi Lemak - ayam taliwang stall front

Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang likely needs little to no introduction. They have expanded with several outlets and even earned a spot on the 2021 MICHELIN Guide Singapore.

The flagship is at Yishun Park Hawker Centre and usually has a waiting time of 10 minutes. 

Nasi Lemak - ayam taliwang nasi lemak ayam taliwang

The signature here is their Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang (S$6.20). The rice is topped with the titular ayam taliwang, ikan billis, a side of roasted peanuts, cucumber slices, egg and nasi lemak chilli. 

The fragrant chicken leg is tender, so you would find it easy to tear apart even with the plastic cutlery provided. The side of chilli is a must as it adds a richer taste to the rice.

nasi lemak ayam taliwang - nasi lemak jumbo

For a more classic take, get the Nasi Lemak Jumbo (S$6.20), which comes with a crispy fried chicken wing, a big piece of otah, egg, sausage, fishcake, crispy ikan billis and cucumber. It’s well worth it as it comes with all the ingredients you could ask for in a regular plate of nasi lemak

51 Yishun Ave 11, Yishun Park Hawker Centre, #01-33
+65 8750 5240
Tue to Wed & Fri to Sun: 6.30am – 7pm
Thu: 7am – 7pm
Closed on Mon
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4. Hon Ni Kitchen

Nasi Lemak - Hon Ni Kitchen stall

Normally, when we think of nasi lemak, we don’t often imagine a Chinese-owned stall. Yet, Hon Ni Kitchen has managed to earn a reputation as one of the go-to places for nasi lemak in Bedok.

It’s a no-frills nasi lemak stall that constantly earns long queues during operating hours. This is because the price here is graciously economic. 

Nasi Lemak - Hon Ni Kitchen Nasi Lemak

The total cost here entirely depends on the sides that you pick, letting you customise your nasi lemak to your liking. 

The majority of their ingredients like Ikan Bilis and Brinjal go for $0.70 a piece, with the fried Chicken Wing being the most expensive item on their menu. 

The chicken is fried to perfection, leaving a nice crisp to be paired with their coconut rice. The sambal from Hon Ni is a good balance of sweet and savoury. 

Hon Ni is ideal for those looking to keep things wallet-friendly, as orders hardly ever go above S$6, which is not something most nasi lemak places can boast of. 

216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-07, Singapore 460216
+65 9655 8675
Tue to Sat: 5.30am – 1pm
Closed on Mon & Sun

5. Chong Pang Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Chong Pang Nasi Lemak front

Tucked away at a kopitiam on Sembawang Road is Chong Pang Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Chong Pang Nasi Lemak Yishun

The nasi lemak here is done cai peng style, letting you pick and choose the sides you want. The portions given are always generous, so you’re bound to get bang for your buck. If you don’t want rice, they also offer noodles as an alternative.

If you’re feeling indecisive, Chong Pang also offers a variety of sets. With their S$4.70 set, you can get a chicken wing, omelette, fish fillet and hot dog. 

One of their S$5.70 sets has sweet and sour chicken instead of chicken wing, alongside the omelette, fish fillet and mackerel otah

The nasi lemak chilli deserves the spotlight as it’s both sweet and nutty, making everything all the more appetising. Chong Pang themselves are aware of how good it is as they charge extra if you want more of it. 

447 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758404
+65 9655 1868
Daily: 5pm – 6am

6. Fong Seng Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Fong Seng Nasi Lemak store front

As Fong Seng Nasi Lemak is very popular among students, you already know it’s at least going to give you value for money. 

There is a large selection of a la carte sides for customers to fully customise their nasi lemak, from the iconic Chicken Wing (S$1.80) and Ikan Selar Kuning (S$0.70 – S$0.80) to more unconventional sides like Teriyaki Chicken (S$2 – S$3), Teriyaki Saba Fish (S$3 – S$4), Tempura Fish (S$2) and Chicken Luncheon Meat (S$1).

Nasi Lemak - Fong Seng plate

If you don’t feel like customising, they also offer sets like the traditional Chicken Wing Set (S$4), Variety Set (S$6) and Royal Teriyaki Set (S$8).

Many reviews say Fong Seng’s sambal has the right balance of umami and spice. Naturally, it compliments their coconut rice well. As it’s open till the wee hours of the morning, it makes for an ideal late-night supper spot for midnight cravings.

22 Clementi Road, Singapore 129757
+65 6474 2886
Daily: 6am – 4am
Closed on Sun

7. Lawa Bintang

Nasi Lemak - Lawa Bintang stall

Despite the ulu location of a Tampines industrial area, Lawa Bintang has a rather eye-catching and unique selling point. Here, their nasi lemak comes with a unique selection of toppings.

Nasi Lemak - Lawa Bintang lobster

They are famous for their Signature Lobster Nasi Lemak (S$24). While heavy in price point, it makes up for it by having the lobster luxuriously topped with a cheesy cream sauce, all cooked to perfection. 

Other interesting items to check out are their Barramundi Nasi Lemak (S$9), Salmon Nasi Lemak (S$9) and Grilled Sotong (S$10)

If you’re looking for what’s under S$10 at Lawa Bintang, you can opt for a Dory Fish Nasi Lemak (S$6.50), Grouper Fish Nasi Lemak (S$6), and Wing Nasi Lemak (S$4).

While they have the usual side of Otah (S$1.50), you can get a Begedil (S$0.50) as well. 

This is the kind of place you would visit if you wanted to treat yourself to a more premium type of nasi lemak

9008 Tampines Street 93, Singapore 528843
+65 6909 2275
Tue to Sun: 8am – 1pm
Closed on Mon
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8. Pak Mandor Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Pak Mandor Nasi Lemak

Few in Yishun would protest calling Pak Mandor Nasi Lemak the best nasi lemak stall they have had. There is constantly a long queue, likely due to their affordable prices.

Nasi Lemak - Pak Mandor nasi lemak

The majority of their sets start at S$3.50, all coming with a bowl’s worth portion of pandan coconut rice. Said rice is made with a good deal of coconut, making it fragrant and mouth-watering. 

The most popular sides are fried chicken wings, ikan billis, ikan selar kunning and a portion of omelette. Fish fillet and the begedil are popular alternatives. 

Their signature homemade sambal is what many claim to be the reason why they return. Customers are given a generous serving on the side with every order. The sweet and spicy combo helps to balance out the whole meal. 

Fair warning, though, that many in the queue order in bulk, so wait times are pretty long. 

Block 645 Yishun Street 61, #01-320, Singapore 760645
Sat to Thu: 7.30am – 1pm
Closed on Fri

9. Ponggol Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Ponggol Nasi Lemak spread

No nasi lemak list can be complete without the inclusion of Ponggol Nasi Lemak. With 4 outlets islandwide, this franchise has earned widespread recognition and popularity among Singaporeans.

Nasi Lemak - Ponggol Nasi Lemak serving

There are 4 sets to choose from, with Set 2 (S$5.60) being the common favourite among many customers. It comes with a side of crispy and juicy chicken wing, ikan billis, egg and sambal on the side. 

Set 4 (S$5) is ideal for those looking purely for vegetables, as it’s loaded with lady’s finger, brinjal and long beans.

If you’re looking to indulge, you could always order more with additional orders of Crispy Wing (S$2) and Spicy Shrimp Floss (S$1.20, up to S$3.80 per tub).

Ponggol Nasi Lemak also has made-to-order premium house specials like their Grilled Japanese Whole Squid With Special Sauce (S$18.90) and Crispy Battered Whole Prawn (2 pieces for S$5.60)

371 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208998
+65 6293 0020
Fri to Wed: 11.30am – 10pm
Closed on Thu
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10. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak stall

Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak is undoubtedly one of the big-name players in the Singapore Nasi Lemak scene. It’s likely even one of the most popular stalls at Boon Lay Food Village.

Here, they boast of using the highest quality extra virgin coconut oil in their cooking. 

Nasi Lemak - Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak serving

The most popular set is their Chicken Set (S$4), which comes with a piece of fried chicken, egg, anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and sambal

The sambal has a sweet tang to it, balancing out the spiciness. They’re not going to be stingy on the amount of sambal, but do note that an additional serving can cost S$0.50

Their fluffy coconut rice pairs well with their chicken wings which come with a unique and subtle taste of ginger. 

As it closes at 3.30am, you can check this place out as a potential supper spot when you’re hungry for some late-night nasi lemak

Blk 221A/B, Boon Lay Place, #01-106, Singapore 641221
+65 6266 4466
Daily: 7.30am – 4pm & 5pm – 3.30am
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11. International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak

International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak is located in Changi Village and has a steady and loyal customer base built over 30 years. It goes to show that old-school traditional styles of nasi lemak can still hold strong even among their contemporaries. 

Despite how long they’ve been around, many have praised them for maintaining quality for their nasi lemak. Their prices remain relatively wallet-friendly as well. 

Nasi Lemak - International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak plate

Their set menus are all under S$5 without add-ons. The standard plate of Nasi Lemak Chicken is S$4

As seen with quite the handful on this list, the mark of a well-regarded nasi lemak stall is usually their sambal. Here, you can expect it to be a lovely blend of heat, subtle oiliness and just a hint of dried prawn essence, and is not overly sweet.

The coconut rice is the fragrant, long-grain type and their crispy fried chicken has hints of lemongrass and ginger.

2 Changi Village Road, Changi Village Hawker Centre, #01-03, Singapore 500002
+65 8400 6882
Tue to Fri: 7am – 2pm & 6pm – 12am
Sat: 7am – 2pm
Sun: 5pm – 10pm
Mon: 6pm – 11pm

12. Wild Coco

Nasi Lemak - Wild Coco

When you think of nasi lemak, you don’t often think about heading down to a cafe or restaurant to have it. Wild Coco decided to lean into that rarity and serve up delicious nasi lemak in a more snazzy eatery than the usual kopitiams.

Nasi Lemak - Wild Coco ayam berempah

You can opt for the Basic Set (S$7.90) which comes with the usual suspects of coconut rice, sunny side up, ikan billis, peanut, sambal and cucumber. This also acts as the template among the different sets as all nasi lemak orders come with what is in the basic

Some varieties are their popular Ayam Berempah (Breast for S$16.90/Leg for S$15.90), Sambal Fried Fish (S$17.90) and Chicken Curry (Drumstick and Thigh) (S$18.90).

While the dishes are pricier than your usual kopitiam, the large portions and well-seasoned ingredients will win you over. You can treat this as a nasi lemak place to indulge in. 

The rice is made with fresh coconut milk and all ingredients are made and prepped in-house. Wild Coco also boasts of using no MSG in their dishes. 

14 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209184
+65 9119 3822
Daily: 10.30am – 9pm
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13. M by Madas Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - M by Madas stall

Right at the heart of the Bedok marketplace is M by Madas Nasi Lemak. If you happen to be passing by, you will no doubt see the long queue all gathered to get something from their large spread. 

They have 18 different mains, 8 of which are variations of nasi lemak. Here, their nasi lemak is topped with hae bee hiam, which is a rather uncommon addition to the rice dish.

Nasi Lemak - M by Madas servings
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The most recommended is their Premium Nasi Lemak Platter, which lets you sample the best that M by Madas has to offer. This set includes 1 kuning, 1 chicken cutlet, 2 chilli squids, 1 egg, 1 begedil, 1 fish tofu, ikan billis & peanuts.

The chicken here has been known to be quite the treat as each serving is only battered and fried on order. You are sure to get a juicy and tender piece of meat under the crisp and crunchy skin. 

348 Bedok Road, The Bedok Marketplace, #02-17, Singapore 469560
+65 9229 2271
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 2.45pm & 4.45pm – 8.30pm
Closed on Mon
Order Delivery: Deliveroo 

14. Chai Chee Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Chai Chee Nasi Lemak stall

There’s a history to Chai Chee Nasi Lemak starting back in 1978. If you ask regulars what makes this stall so special, you’ll be told that it also specialises in various nasi padang dishes, mee rebus, mee siam, and lontong.

Some diners have been with them even before they moved to Hougang, and still made the journey to eat their no-frills nasi lemak

Nasi Lemak - Chai Chee Nasi Lemak plate

The nasi lemak here are kept simple, with Sets ranging from as low as S$3.50 to S$5 at max. All of them come including anchovies and omelette.

With that in mind, this place is one of the perfect stalls if you want to keep things affordable and still get your nasi lemak fix. 

The fried chicken here is homemade and loaded with seasoning and spices. The rice is moist and has a strong coconut fragrance. It goes well with their sweet and spicy sambal

105 Hougang Avenue 1, Hainanese Village, #02-42, Singapore 530105
Sat to Thu: 4.30am – 12.30pm
Closed on Fri

15. Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Yi Liu Xiang stall

Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak has been around since 1983. They have managed to stand out as one of the few nasi lemak stalls that does not specialise in deep-fried chicken wings for their nasi lemak.

Nasi Lemak - Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak

Long queues are common at Yi Liu Xiang, as many are attracted to their alternative to fried chicken: their best-selling ikan selar kuning.

They further defy regular conventions of nasi lemak by having silverfish instead of ikan billis. They even do away with their peanuts. 

If you’re hoping for a plate of nasi lemak that doesn’t feel quite as sinfully indulgent, yet still has protein in it, this might be a good alternative. 

Just note that because of their popularity, they do tend to sell out way before their closing time. If you’re planning on dropping by, do so earlier in the day. 

105 Hougang Ave 1, Hainanese Village, #02-30, Singapore 530105
Tue to Wed, Fri to Sun: 6.30am – 12pm
Closed on Mon & Thu

16. Bali Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Bali Nasi Lemak storefront

There’s a debate between fans of the famed Ponggol Nasi Lemak and Bali Nasi Lemak as to which is better. While we’re not covering that debate on this list, curious readers can peruse our food showdown article to see which we felt came out on top.

So as not to spoil the results, I’ll simply put it that Bali Nasi Lemak delivers plates of highly addictive nasi lemak

Located within their cosy eatery at Sims Ave, many flock over when they’re seeking an east-side location for supper.

Nasi Lemak - Bali Nasi Lemak serving

There are both sets and a la carte nasi lemak options on the menu, letting you customise and have the freedom of portion size at your disposal. 

Their Bali Kicap Manis Premium Set (S$9.50) comes with a kicap manis drumstick or thigh, all served atop basmati nasi lemak rice with a side of nyonya otak otak. You also get the usual bunch of sides such as sunny-side-up, roasted peanuts, ikan billis and sambal.

For S$2, you can order just their Kicap Manis Chicken Wing or Crispy Golden Chicken Wing to get your chicken fix. 

142 Sims Ave, Singapore 387464
Daily: 5pm – 2am
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17. Adimann@Beachrd

Nasi Lemak - Adimann Nasi Lemak Golden Mile Food Centre

Adimann@Beachrd offers its unique spin on nasi lemak, reinventing the classic dish in its own way.

Nasi Lemak - Adimann Nasi Lemak Golden Mile Food Centre serving

Here, their best seller is their Nasi Lemak Cutlet (S$7.50). Said cutlet can be topped with a golden coat of Egg Sauce for S$1. It comes with a side of salad that uses quail eggs and grapes, which is not the usual side you would see for nasi lemak

The price point matches the huge portions, making it value-for-money. 

505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #B1-12, Singapore 199583
+65 9227 3140
Daily: 10am – 10pm
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18. Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak Exterior Shot

Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak is located in Changi Village and the brand itself has been around since 1997.

Nasi Lemak - Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak plate

Here, they sell plates of old-school nasi lemak, with the Standard Set going for S$5.50

The rice is a fluffy bed of basmati, which results in a creamier-tasting rice. It creates a lighter plate of nasi lemak, making it feel less indulgent. 

It goes perfectly with the sweet sambal. Their crispy chicken carries strong flavours of turmeric and salt, beckoning you to clean them to the bone.

Although they lack peanuts, their fried ikan billis carry the serving with a savoury touch. 

It’s a 24-hour stall, so there are going to be times when you encounter their peak-hour queues and times when it should be easy to score a plate. 

2 Changi Village Road, Changi Village Hawker Centre, #01-26, Singapore 500002
Daily: 24 hours

19. Nurul Delights Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - Nurul Delights stallfront

There have been regulars who have been dining at Nurul Delights for over 15 years. This stall is located in Bukit Batok and has been attracting customers with filling meals at an extremely affordable cost.

Nasi Lemak - Nurul Delights plate

Their Nasi Lemak Set goes for S$3.50 but that low cost doesn’t mean small portions. They are quite generous with the amount of ingredients and rice, filling their bowls to the brim.

Your nasi lemak will come with a fried chicken wing, an omelette slice, and a huge dollop of sambal with their fragrant coconut rice. 

Many regulars warn newcomers of the long queues during peak hours, so plan your visit carefully.

413 Bukit Batok West Ave 4, Singapore 650413
Wed to Sun: 7am – 2pm
Closed on Mon & Tue

20. Aliff Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak - aliff nasi lemak stall front

Aliff Nasi Lemak can be found at Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre. It’s a little obscure location-wise, but well worth it if you make the journey. 

Nasi Lemak - aliff nasi lemak nasi lemak set

If you like to reward yourself, you can get Set E (S$6) from their menu, which is surprisingly the priciest thing at Aliff. 

What you will get is a generous portion of fluffy basmati coconut rice accompanied by a whole piece of fried chicken wing, one otah and a sunny-side-up. You will also get the usual group of ikan billis, a slice of cucumber and a corner filled with sambal

Here, their rice uses an additional touch of ginger. Their sambal is a well-balanced flavour of sweet and spicy, and it’s a good dipping sauce for the savoury crispy chicken. 

A surprising star of the dish is the ikan billis, which are fried to a light and crispy perfection. 

49A Serangoon Garden Way, Serangoon Garden, #01-27, Singapore 555945
Tue, Thu & Sat to Sun: 7.30am – 3pm
Closed on Mon, Wed & Fri

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