Your Nasi Lemak – Otah Sundae Surprises Our Tastebuds
Opened about a month ago along the row of shophouses beside Sembawang shopping centre, new eatery Your Nasi Lema brings “interesting” nasi lemak to your table.
Owner Fabian used to be the vice-president of Pan Pacific hotel’s sales department. He is still a hotelier now, focussing on doing branding for overseas hotels. With more time on his hand, he can focus on his interest – food.
He gets the recipes from his grandmother, a Peranakan, as well as, from his mother-in-law, who is a Malay. The eatery is still in the process of getting their Halal certification.
We were attracted by their customers posting photos of the Otah Sundae ($5.80) online. To be honest, we were skeptical initially as we thought this would be a sweet dessert item. However, the Otah Sundae is a savoury dish. Coconut pandan rice forms the base, and is topped with a large pong pong otah, drizzled with Your Nasi Lemak’s special sambal chilli and coconut milk. The coconut milk accentuated the aroma and flavours of this dish.
The large pong pong otah is made in house using either Tenggiri or Batang fish, depending on what the freshest catch of the day is, from their supplier. Fish meat is blended first, before being shaped like a huge ping pong ball. This is followed by steaming for 8-10 minutes and finally frying for 2 minutes. Expect a moist interior that’s unlike the usual otah texture. The meat is fresh and mushy, which somehow reminds us of the texture of mashed potatoes.
Sambal chilli is also made in house using secret ingredients, but it isn’t spicy enough. Fabian explained that he prefers it to be wetter and less spicy as he wanted to cater to the masses.
Fly Like An Angry Chicken Nasi Lemak ($5.80) consists of ayam masak merah, ikan billis, peanuts, an egg, and cucumber slices served with coconut pandan rice and special sambal chilli. The chicken wings are marinated overnight for the spices to be well infused into the meat.
This “angry” marinade is a blend of the normal sambal chilli and tomato puree, hence you’ll get a hint of sweetness. According to Fabian, the rice is supposed to look greener as they grind pandan leaves to give it a natural colour and fragrance, but a pity the rice we had lacked the nice coconut aroma.
Bandung Float ($2.80) is a great thirst-quencher! The bandung drink is topped with raspberry vanilla ice cream, which makes it look quite attractive. The level of sweetness is just right, and this is perfect to counter our sweltering afternoon heat.
Your Nasi Lemak also serves nasi lemak with kuning, beef rendang, and sotong. There is even a vegetarian option available too. We would go back for the Otah Sundae, but that’s only if we’re in the area.
Your Nasi Lemak
Address: 596B Sembawang Road, Singapore 758455
Phone: 6481 6616
Opening Hours: Tue-Thu 11.30am to 9.30pm. Fri 11.30am to 10pm. Sat 11.30am to 10.30pm. Sun 8am to 9.30pm. Closed on Mondays.
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