RS Deli – Have you tried Nasi Lemak Burger?
Are you a fan of Rasa Sayang kueh lapis? Founder Madam Lai, started her home based confectionary in the 1970’s in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her products, which made up of breads, kueh lapis, birthday/wedding cakes and Indo-Chinese cuisine, was soon introduced to Singapore and was very well received.
Besides baking excellent cookies, Madam Lai cooks very good Indonesian cuisine as well. The family used to have a stall in Takashimaya food court selling a variety of Indonesian food. But due to shortage of manpower, they eventually ended it and focused on selling cookies.
However, Madam Lai’s son, Derwin is very interested in culinary. Together with his friend, Jimmy, they started a cafe “RS Deli” in Upper Thomson Road about 3 weeks ago. The cafe serves traditional Indonesian cuisine using Madam Lai’s recipes.
The Beef Rendang Set ($7.50) is very good. The beef is slow cooked in authentic rendang spices, it is tender with gelatinous bits. Pair your thick rendang gravy with yellow rice for extra oomph-ness.
In order to capture the younger crowd, Derwin also recreated some of the traditional cuisine and transformed it into innovative Fusion burgers.
One good example is the Nasi Lemak Burger ($8.50). Inspired by the MOS Burger’s burgers, steamed coconut rice is first mixed with glutinous rice to form a firm rice burger. There is only a very mild coconut aroma, it may be due to the use of glutinous rice. Perhaps, they can replace it with Japanese rice as it sticks well and is not very heavy on the tummy. Nevertheless, the burger comes with fried chicken, egg, sprinkle of ikan bilis and sambal which is very shiok, and tasted just like Nasi Lemak.
Chicken Satay Burger ($9) has very tender and grilled to perfection BBQ chicken thigh, coated with smooth savory peanut sauce. My only complaint is the completely drenched chicken skin, other than that, we absolutely love the well marinated chicken meat.
Belado Chicken Wings ($3/2pc, $6.50/5pc) is also popular among youngsters. Don’t be fooled by the fiery red looking wings, they aren’t the usual buffalo wings. These wings are deep fried and coated with indonesian sambal balado. Not spicy one lah, but very addictive!
End your meal with Lychee Soda with Lychee Sorbet ($3.80) orChendol with Jackfruit and Coconut Ice Cream ($4). RS Deli makes its own chendol strips and gula melaka. Alot of effort, isn’t it?
If you are a fan of Rasa Sayang cookies and kueh lapis, you don’t have to wait till Chinese New Year to get them. Because RS Deli sells them too!
Their Kueh Lapis are made using traditional methods that require skills and patience. Lavish spices and ingredients are never compromised, with each layer carefully and painstakingly hand baked. They are very very soft.
Go for their Sweet Garlic Emping too! Crispy thin, savoury bitter emping that with a natural aroma and sweet aftertaste. Made traditionally with blinjao seeds.
OPENING PROMOTIONS!(From now till 30th November 2012)
1. From Tuesdays to Fridays 12pm – 3pm, Rice Set Meal (Nasi Lemak Set OR Chicken Gulai Set) costs only $7! It comes with garlic sweet emping crackers and coffee/tea/ice lemon tea.
2. From Tuesdays to Fridays 12pm – 3pm, Burger Set Meal (Beef Burger OR Chicken Satay Burger) costs only $9.20! It comes with garlic sweet emping crackers and coffee/tea/ice lemon tea.
Address: 244R Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Garden Estate
Tel: 6455 1242
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm, closed on Mondays