Last Updated: June 23, 2020
Whenever somebody mentions Malay food, nasi lemak springs to my mind immediately. This simple and classic dish is readily available everywhere in Singapore, yet every stall has its own way of preparing it.
So what makes a scrumptious plate of nasi lemak? There are three crucial components: the rice, the chilli and the fried chicken. Since we Singaporeans love spicy food, we always look out for good, fiery chilli. And a piece of fried chicken is quintessential for a complete nasi lemak experience.
We’ve gone around looking for good nasi lemak, so here’re 15 nasi lemak stalls in the neighbourhood that really hit the spot!
Established in the 1970s, Changi Nasi Lemak has been serving up their Legendary Changi Chilli alongside their fragrant coconut rice since their debut. After a well-deserved break, Changi Nasi Lemak is making a comeback with more than three generations’ worth of experience.
One might ask—what’s so special about Changi Nasi Lemak, compared to the rest of its competitors? The answer lies in their innovation and the interesting toppings they bring to the table and of course, their Legendary Changi Chilli.
One of the interesting sets of nasi lemak that Changi Nasi Lemak offers is their Spicy Thigh (McSpicy-inspired) Set (S$5.80). The very first of its kind in Singapore, this dish combines our local favourite meal with the beloved McSpicy patty all on one plate.
Make sure you try out their famous Legendary Changi Chilli as well, it’s sure to make you swoon. Different in taste from mundane sambal chilli you can find at other nasi lemak stalls, Changi Nasi Lemak’s Legendary Changi Chilli is full of flavour and is made with an assortment of exotic ingredients handpicked by the eatery’s founders.
Check out their Chicken Wing Set (S$3.90), their Chicken Cutlet Set (S$4.50) and their Curry Chicken Drumstick Set (S$4.90) if you’re more attracted to simpler and more traditional toppings.
Nestled in a coffeeshop in Bukit Batok, Nurul Delights serves up an impressive assortment of Malay dishes. But the stall’s Nasi Lemak (S$2.50) is what most customers flock there for.
The coconut rice at Nurul Delights has a slightly chewy texture, though every grain of rice is firm. The sambal that comes with it also complements the fragrant rice perfectly with its lingering heat.
Every set includes slices of fried egg and a decently-sized chicken wing as well. With a crunchy outer layer, the chicken meat was pleasantly juicy and tender.
Nurul Delights: 413 Bukit Batok West Avenue 4, Singapore 650413 | Opening Hours: 7.45am – 8pm (Mon to Fri), 8am – 2pm (Sat & Sun)
Changi Village Hawker Centre is a famous battleground for nasi lemak stalls, and one of the main contenders is Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak.
You can choose from a few different set meals here. A standard Set A (S$3.50) comes with a fried egg, chicken wing, ikan bilis and sambal chilli.
The excess bits of batter hanging off the chicken wing make the skin extraordinarily crunchy.
While the rice has a strong coconut flavour on its own, mixing it with the sweet sambal chilli simply makes it tastier.
Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak: 2 Changi Village Road, #01-26, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Singapore 500002 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 1am (Daily) | Facebook
Another contender in Changi Village Hawker Centre is International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak.
Likewise, their basic Chicken Set (S$3.50) comes with an egg, a chicken wing, sambal and ikan bilis.
Supporters of this stall often rave about how their delectable sambal chilli packs a punch. Many have also praised the stall for maintaining its standards over the years.
That said, the stall and its surrounding rivals all have their own loyal customer bases. Head down and try them all to see which one you prefer!
International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak: 2 Changi Village Road, #01-03, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Singapore 500002 | Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm & 6pm – 12am (Tue to Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat), Closed on Sun & Mon
We Singaporeans love food that’s good and affordable, and Kedai Makan Muhajirin in Toa Payoh checks both boxes.
The price of their Nasi Lemak starts from S$1. It’s no wonder the stall sets aside a separate queue for it, as it can get scarily long.
A basic combo comes with fried egg, sambal chilli, and a choice of either deep fried mackerel or ikan bilis. Their rice had just the right amount of coconut and pandan flavours, with sambal that wasn’t overly sweet or spicy.
For such a generous portion at this price, I don’t think there’s a better deal anywhere else.
Kedai Makan Muhajirin: 20 Toa Payoh Lorong 7, Singapore 310020 | Opening Hours: 6am – 1.30pm (Daily), Closed on alternate Mondays
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak is unquestionably a big name in the nasi lemak scene of Singapore. It’s also perhaps the most popular stall at Boon Lay Food Village.
Their ever-popular Chicken Set (S$3.50) consists of a chicken wing, a fried egg, ikan bilis, peanuts and sambal chilli.
Their fluffy coconut rice is paired with a sambal sauce that’s sweet and comes with a decent kick of spice. Tender and juicy, their chicken wing has a unique subtle ginger taste.
Another famous nasi lemak stall in Singapore is Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak. Located in Adam Food Centre, the stall offers an array of side dishes to go along with your order.
Their Royal Flush (S$5.40) set includes fluffy and wonderfully fragrant Basmati rice that’s irresistible. Selera Rasa also makes a tangy sambal that goes very well with it.
The set comes with a variety of other ingredients such as otah, begedil, egg, ikan bilis and chicken wing. With such a feast fit for a king, it’s no wonder the Sultan of Brunei is a fan.
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak: 2 Adam Road, #01-02, Adam Road Food Centre, Adam Road, Singapore 289876 | Tel:+65 9843 4509 | Opening Hours: 7am – 5pm (Mon to Thu), 7am – 3pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Fri | Facebook
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak is tucked away in a coffeeshop along the bustling Sembawang Road.
Whenever I’m here, their wide array of side dishes always leaves me spoiled for choice. Unlike other nasi lemak stalls out there, Chong Pang Nasi Lemak operates like a cai png stall. They also serve noodles and white rice as alternative carbs.
A sunny side up, large otah, ikan bilis with peanuts and a chicken wing rounds up to S$5 per portion.
Admittedly, Chong Pang Nasi Lemak’s coconut rice isn’t the best out there. However, it’s their chilli sauce that takes the cake for me. Sweet and nutty, the chilli sauce is so appetising that the stall charges extra if you want more of it!
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, Adimann is the place to go. Located in Golden Mile Food Centre, this hawker stall reinvents the classic nasi lemak by giving it their own spin.
Their best seller is the Nasi Lemak Cutlet (S$7.50), which comes with a chicken cutlet that’s scrumptiously crispy. It also includes a special salad that consists of quail eggs and grapes. You can even opt for a generous coat of Salted Egg Sauce for S$1 to make your dish even tastier!
Though the food at Adimann is slightly pricey, their portions are huge and value-for-money.
How can a list of nasi lemak places in Singapore not include Ponggol Nasi Lemak? With three locations islandwide, this franchise is a favourite amongst many locals.
Their Set 2 (S$4.70) is a hot favourite, which comes with a chicken wing, sunny side up, ikan bilis and sambal chilli.
While prices are relatively steep here, many customers return for the juicy chicken wing. Their perfectly-cooked coconut rice receives many compliments too.
Tucked away in an industrial area in Tampines, Lawa Bintang offers nasi lemak with a unique variety of toppings.
They offer side dishes like sotong, smoked duck, and even lobster and soft shell crab, which you don’t usually get with nasi lemak.
Their famous Lobster Nasi Lemak (S$22) comes with a heavy price tag but also a deliciously creamy cheese sauce. The lobster meat was also sweet and cooked to perfection.
With such premium ingredients, Lawa Bintang’s nasi lemak is definitely a step up from the regular ones.
Ever tried Australian nasi lemak? Soulfood Catering pushes the limits with their very own Australian/Malay version of this traditional Malay dish. Just down Pahang Street, the idea of Soulfood Catering was birthed from the innovative minds of Australian-born Brett and his Malay wife, Yani.
Just look to their Bangers and Hash (S$10) as an example. Who would’ve thought hashbrowns and sausages could go so well with nasi lemak?
Check out their other interesting dishes like their Egg Benny Nasi Lemak (S$10) and Surf & Turf Nasi Lemak (S$18.90). Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.
Bringing together the Australian and Malay flavours in harmony to represent their love—could we ask for a sweeter love story? I guarantee you won’t regret trying out the different options they have there as well, it’s certainly a nasi lemak hotspot not to be missed.
If you’re looking for simpler flavours and a more authentic taste, opt for their classic Chicken Wing Nasi Lemak (S$5). I heard their sambal is to die for.
Highly debated to be better than the famed Ponggol Nasi Lemak, Bali Nasi Lemak resides at Geylang, home to many hidden gems in Singapore. We’ve taken the liberty to compare the two to crown a winner, so if you’re deciding which to try between the two, check out our food showdown on these strong contenders.
Without spoiling anything for you, I can safely say that the sambal at Bali Nasi Lemak is extremely piquant and highly addictive, so spice lovers will definitely enjoy having a warm plate of nasi lemak at the joint. While there are pre-set meals available, most people will opt for a la carte nasi lemak at Bali Nasi Lemak, giving you the freedom of choice for those with smaller or larger appetites.
The rice would set you back S$2 and each item costs S$1, while the chicken goes for S$1.50 a wing and S$3 a drumstick.
You can even switch it up with various ingredients apart from the classic fried chicken wing with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) chicken. Just thinking about the mouth-watering nasi lemak piqued my cravings.
Sick and tired of the deep-fried chicken wings? I don’t know how you can be tired of the crispy goodness of fresh golden-brown chicken wings, but there is an alternative for you. Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak was set up in 1983, and they’ve been seeing snaking queues since then.
Fried chicken wings are not on the menu for this one, and is replaced by their best-selling kuning fish. Simple as it sounds, their menu only features fish as the main source of protein in their nasi lemak. Priced at just S$3, I’m sure you’ll be able to enjoy a sinful, filling and satisfying meal when you visit Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak.
They also defy normal conventions of nasi lemak by offering silverfish instead of ikan bilis without peanuts alongside their dish. Peanuts are easily burnt after all, and they are more focused on perfecting the other aspects of the meal.
Head down for some delicious nasi lemak, and don’t forget to reach earlier because they close when they sell out.
Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak: 105 Hougang Avenue 1, Hainanese Village, #02-30, Singapore 530105 | Opening Hours: 6.30am – 12pm (Daily), Closed on Mon & Thu
An extremely popular supper spot, Fong Seng Nasi Lemak is a favourite among NUS students in Singapore. With a large selection of ingredients, customers often get to pick their own food to enjoy a la carte instead of a fixed set meal.
From fried chicken wings and kuning fish to more unconventional ingredients like luncheon meat and teriyaki saba fish, Fong Seng Nasi Lemak has got it all.
The sambal has also been said to provide the right amount of spiciness and umami to the overall dish, enhancing its flavours with the fragrant coconut rice.
Check out Fong Seng Nasi Lemak if you’re in the vicinity during late hours of the night. It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but it’s decent for a midnight snack when nowhere else is open. The affordability is a plus point too!
Fong Seng Nasi Lemak: 22 Clementi Road, Singapore 129757 | Opening Hours: 6am – 4am (Daily) | Tel: +65 6474 2886 | Facebook
A decent plate of nasi lemak doesn’t have to be from a posh restaurant. So long as it comes from the heart, that makes it comfort food at its best.
Let us know if you know of any other nasi lemak stalls hidden in your neighbourhood. We would love to know where else we can go for some comforting nasi lemak!