Nasi Lemak Specialist – Alemak what’re you waiting for?
Keeping up with the recent Nasi lemak burger food fad, we’ve sniffed out another new stall just for you! Launched about 7 months back, Nasi Lemak Specialist is a family-run business located in Tampines Round Market.
Mdm Mazwin, who’s the key figure the kitchen, told me that she starts preparing everything at 5am so that they can start operating by 7am. What’s special is their use of long grain basmati rice and fresh coconut milk. Another notable feature is the special homemade batter used for both her chicken wings and fried fish.
They have quite a number of ingredients for you to build your nasi lemak but we recommend the Mega Value Nasi Lemak set ($5) which comprises fried egg, otah, begedil, anchovies, peanuts and homemade chicken wing. I think it’s a steal considering the number of ingredients present. The otah wasn’t exceptionally large but I liked that they use real fish. The begedil was well-executed; the potatoes were smooth without lumps. The star would be the fried chicken wing. Crunch through the crispy batter and skin to reveal succulent flavorful flesh. The batter is a little thicker than usual so it’s best to use your hands. The use of basmati rice is interesting. The grains were lighter and fluffier but I felt like that they weren’t as lemak as I had expected. Nevertheless, the rice was fragrant and still very tasty. My only other reservation was that the chilli was too sweet but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. All in all, I think this is really mega value for $5.50. Even if you’ve got a big appetite, this will satisfy.
Mdm Mazwin also recommended the Beef Rendang Nasi Lemak ($5.50) which features homemade beef rendang in replacement of the chicken wing and otah in the Mega Value Nasi Lemak Set. The beef rendang has a depth of flavor that is quite mesmerizing, and tender beef chunks. The curry used was alluringly spicy, but nothing too overwhelming.
We also got the Economical Nasi Lemak which is the most basic nasi lemak and the most affordable. For $2.50, you get basmati rice, anchovies, peanuts, chilli and a fried egg. Nothing stood out but if you’re on a budget, this will definitely appeal to you. If you feel like adding more ingredients, you can get a begedil or fried egg for 50 cents.
The Nasi Lemak Specialist also sells lotong and biryani. Other noteworthy nasi lemak dishes include the Yellow Fish Nasi Lemak and Chicken Wing Nasi Lemak. I hear that their lontong is also very popular, and I’ll definitely be back to try it.
Nasi Lemak Specialist
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, Tampines Round Market, #01-14, Singapore 521137
Phone: 8233 6101
Opening Hours: 7am to 130pm daily. Closed on Mondays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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