Lawa Bintang – A Delicious Encounter With Halal Lobster Nasi Lemak!
Halal Lobster Nasi Lemak??? Say what?
Lawa Bintang, which was previously in Tai Seng and Kaki Bukit, has now settled down in Tampines. Sare, known affectionately as Kak (Malay word for sister) Sare, now mans the third stall which started operations in February 2017.
“We focus on bringing fusion food to the table. We use a variety of herbs and spices to create our food – including the fried chicken and lobster,” said the ex-property agent. Indeed, there is an unusual spread of Nasi Lemak ingredients, including the famous sotong grill, salmon, and even crayfish.
The Lobster Nasi Lemak ($22) was pleasing to the eyes. It features a whole lobster coated with grounded herbs and cheese, a bed of basmati grains, a fried egg, sambal peanuts and anchovies, and a generous dollop of sambal chili. “We use basmati rice because it is more presentable. It is also a healthier option since it does not absorb the coconut milk as well as normal rice do,” said Kak Sare.
Coating the lobster flesh is a ground blend of herbs that incorporates rosemary, parsley and other secret ingredients. The cheese, which is made from three types of cheese, is cooked separately before it goes onto the lobster. The lobster meat is sweet and succulent, and the herb blend lends a herbaceous dimension to the flesh. The cheese is sufficiently rich and fragrant, without overpowering the deeply-flavoured lobster. I love the elements present in this fusion dish but the combination may be slightly ambitious for those with a penchant for tradition.
The Nasi Lemak Sotong Goreng ($7.50) comprises a whole squid coated in fried batter, as well as the nasi lemak essentials. Though intended for one, the huge squid is definitely sufficient for two. The batter is flavourful, and is covered in a thin coat of herbal seasoning and chilli powder. Take a huge bite to reveal a fresh squid which is chewy and savoury.
Kak Sare reveals that her fragrant sambal chilli tunis is cooked for about 5 hours before being served. The fire in it was excellent; the enduring heat was pleasant. I usually skip the anchovies and peanuts, but the sambal that they were dressed in was too addictive! I was surprised that I actually finished them all.
The menu of the family-run business boasts a number of grilled dishes, and other favourites such as fried sotong. Kak Sare recommends the grilled sotong, which I’m sure would impress just like the rest of the dishes did. Nasi Ambeng is also available for pre-order, so do drop them a message on Facebook if you want to lay your hands on it. The location of this outlet is, unfortunately, quite ulu, so get ready to walk quite a distance before you can spot this hidden gem.
Address: 9008 Tampines Street 93 Singapore 528843
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays 8am to 2pm. Fridays 10am to 2pm. Weekends 9am to 2pm. Closed on Mondays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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