Wonderfull Nasi Lemak – Wonderful Wings and Superb Sambal
It’s always refreshing to see young hawkers take up the baton of running the kitchen from their parents. Even though they lack experience, their courage and dedication to their job really shows in their attitude and their food. The food scene could definitely do with more of such hawkers and I was glad to have stumbled upon one! Launched slightly over a year ago, Wonderfull Nasi Lemak is run by 26-year-old Lois Er. If you’ve been keeping up with Singapore Food Festival, you might remember Lois as 1 of the 9 pairs of hawkers and chefs from Open Stoves 2017. She collaborated with chef Sid Kim (Vatos Express) to create the unique Wonderfull Beef Rendang Burrito Bowl.
Lois told me that the recipes of all the food items that the stall serves came from her dad. Now, he has imparted the relevant skills and techniques to Lois so that she can run the stall on her own. Lois graduated 2 years ago with a major in accountancy. but she decided to follow her passion in food instead.
Lois(right) is well-versed in graphic design, and came up with the design for the signboard, and apron (the one they’re wearing). She shared with me that the inspiration for the name of the stall came from her dad’s usual quirky catchphrase “what a wonderful (blank)”. She translated it to Chinese as 万得福 (wan de fu) which serendipitously means a thousand blessings in English. In this sense, she hopes that her food will be a blessing to others.
Eunice (left), Lois’s younger sister, is also following in her sister’s footsteps as she readies herself to head their second stall which is opening in Yishun Park Food Centre this month! She told me that they’re looking to expand their menu further by introducing economical bee hoon. I’ll definitely be back to support when they open then!
I ordered a set B which comprises a chicken wing, peanuts and anchovies, choice of scrambled or sunny side egg, sambal chilli and fragrant rice. For $3.50, I thought that the portion was decent and definitely filling. The batter for the chicken wings and drumsticks are all made from scratch. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, the chicken wing was faultless and finger licking good. Highly recommended!
For me, the essence of nasi lemak lies in the chilli. It may seem unimportant but I feel that it’s what brings all the components of the dish together. The housemade sambal chili isn’t overly sweet, and the balance of spiciness and sweetness was spot on. I also liked that the rice which, in my opinion, was of the right consistency – not too dry and not too mushy. The grains were firm, and had a robust lemak flavor that’s hard to miss.
If you’ve got a bigger appetite, feel free to add more items to your nasi lemak. They’ve got a decent spread of affordably-priced fried items and vegetables. They also serve curry vegetables (sayur lodeh) if you prefer a wetter nasi lemak!
Wonderfull Nasi Lemak
Address: 51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-96, Singapore 390051
Phone: 9180 1995
Opening Hours: 830am to 830pm daily. Closed on Fridays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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