Last Updated: March 22, 2019
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 10 nasi lemak stalls in the neighbourhood that really hit the spot!
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: 7am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 7am – 1pm (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: 9.30am – 1.30pm & 6pm – 12midnight (Mon – Fri), 9.30am – 7.30pm (Sat), 9.30am – 12midnight (Sun)
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 (Mon – Sun), 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 (Sat – Thu), 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.
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!