Tree Coconut – Nasi Lemak by Next-Gen Hawkers!
Having decided to carry on her father’s legacy of selling Nasi Lemak, Charlene (on the left), 24, opened Tree Coconut with her father. Charlene studied biomedical science in University of Queensland, prior to taking the huge step to becoming a hawker. Yuting (on the right), 26, left her insurance job when Charlene needed help running the stall. The rest, as they say, is history.
At around 5am, the team prepares the marinade and ingredients for the day.
Watching the rice being cooked, chicken being fried, and otah being grilled, I became really hungry. A nasi lemak set($2.50) consists of rice, a fried egg and chicken wing. If you desire ikan bilis and peanuts, you have to add on $0.50. I added another otah ($1) to complete my meal.
The rice was quite fragrant and fluffy. At the same time, it was quite light and refreshing, which is something many other customers have noticed. The sweet sambal gave the rice a nice heat, and great flavours. The ikan bilis was super crispy and had that saltiness that complemented all the components in the dish.
The crispy chicken, which was marinated with five-spice powder, was tender and juicy. I was sad when I finished the chicken wing, all too quickly. I should have gotten another one!
The otah wasn’t grilled over charcoal and was not very fragrant, but it was very soft, and extremely delicious.
The next item we got was the Chicken cutlet set ($3.60), with an additional fishcake ($0.70). Only regulars know about the cutlet ($1.60)!
The breaded chicken cutlet was still really crispy by the time I got to it. It was coated in the same seasoning that was used for the fried chicken wing. The chicken was really juicy too. You can dip it in the runny yolk of the sunny side up if you like.
It’s definitely heartening to see the younger generation taking the road less travelled. The standard of the food here is pretty good to be honest, and I’ll say that Tree Coconut is definitely worth a try.
Address: #01-27, Jalan Berseh Food Centre, 166 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208877
Phone: 9622 1799
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 9pm daily. Closed on Sundays
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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