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Nasi Lemak

The Best Nasi Lemak in Singapore

Translate nasi lemak from Malay to English, and you will get ‘rich rice’. The ‘rich’ refers not to wealth, but the coconut cream that makes it oh-so sinfully scrumptious. This dish is a perfect mix of flavours: aromatic rice infused with coconut milk and pandan leaves, eaten with deep-fried fish or chicken wings, otah (grilled fish paste), fried ikan bilis (local anchovies) and peanuts, eggs, cucumber slices, and sambal (spicy chilli paste).

It is a hearty meal that is adored by the Malays as well as non-Malays who have their own version of nasi lemak. The rice is the same, although some have a greenish hue owing to the pandan leaves, but it is the side dishes that set each other apart. The Chinese version, for instance, can come with anything from deep fried drumstick, chicken franks and fish cake to curried vegetables and luncheon meat.

The Makanholic Nasi Lemak aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared the rankings from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. 

Sources:

1. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak

Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak is well known for their fragrant rice and their sweet and spicy sambal chilli. Top it up with otak-otak  (that’s often sold out) or the begedil. Be ready for long queues – you have been warned!

⭐⭐⭐ Top of the Makanholic Rankings for fragrant and fantastic nasi lemak that’s almost voted in by all food critics and reiewers

Located in: Boon Lay Place Market and Food Village

Address: #01-106, 221B Boon Lay Pl, Market and Food Centre, 642221

Phone: 6266 4466

Hours

  • Monday 4:30pm–3:30am
  • Tuesday 6:30am–3:30am
  • Wednesday 6:30am–3:30am
  • Thursday 6:30am–3:30am
  • Friday 6:30am–3:30am
  • Saturday 6:30am–3:30am
  • Sunday 6:30am–3:30am

2. Punggol Nasi Lemak

The Punggol Nasi Lemak has evolved into a franchise business, but their original stall at Upper Serangoon Road still serves delicious Nasi Lemak with the same great fragrant rice and delicious sambal chilli. Queues are expected, especially during meal times and during weekends. 

⭐⭐⭐ Affordable and tasty Nasi Lemak with fragrant coconut rice that’s firm. Goes very well with the sambal chilli. Chicken Wings are a hot favourite.

Address: 965 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534721

Hours

  • Monday 5pm–2am
  • Tuesday 5pm–2am
  • Wednesday 5pm–2am
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday 5pm–2am
  • Saturday 5pm–2am
  • Sunday 5pm–2am

Phone: 6281 0020

3. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

The Prime Minister of Singapore, the Sultan of Brunei and a couple of celebrity chefs have dined at this stall! Treat yourself to the Royal Rumble ($5.90) which has a little of everything — from fragrant fluffy pandan-infused coconut basmati rice to sweet jam-like sambal to a fried yet moist chicken, a buttery bergedil, fried egg, and a nice slab of otak-otak.

⭐⭐⭐ Famous Nasi Lemak stall of Adam Road with the famous basmati coconut rice. 

Located in: 2 Adam Rd, #01-02 Food Centre, Singapore 289876

Hours: 

  • Monday 7am–5pm
  • Tuesday 7am–5pm
  • Wednesday 7am–5pm
  • Thursday 7am–5pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 7am–3pm
  • Sunday 7am–3pm

4. Chong Pang Nasi Lemak

While Chong Pang Nasi Lemak is rather inaccessible, it has its share of Nasi Lemak fans who would travel to Sembawang to try it. The sambal chilli and fried (crispy) chicken wings are delicious, and also their spicy-sweet ikan billis.

⭐⭐⭐ Your go-to supper place as Chong Pang Nasi Lemak is open from 5pmn to 630am the following day, making it an ideal supper and breakfast Nasi Lemak destination

Location: 447 Sembawang Rd, Singapore 758404

Contact: +65 9655 1868

Hours: 

  • Monday 5pm–6:30am
  • Tuesday 5pm–6:30am
  • Wednesday 5pm–6:30am
  • Thursday 5pm–6:30am
  • Friday 5pm–6:30am
  • Saturday 5pm–6:30am
  • Sunday 5pm–6:30am

5. The Coconut Club

Most likely one of the more expensive Nasi Lemak places ranked on Makanholic, The Coconut Club has gathered a following for their delicious and tasty Nasi Lemak with the coconut rice which is full of coconut aroma and flavour. Pay a higher price but enjoy more generous portions of rice and side dishes. 

⭐⭐⭐ Your high-end Nasi Lemak at about $12 to $15 per person with a serving of well-marinated fried chicken. Also try their Chendol which is both refreshing and not too sweet. 

Location: 28 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069708

Contact: +65 6635 2999

Hours: 

  • Monday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
  • Tuesday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
  • Wednesday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
  • Thursday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
  • Friday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
  • Saturday 11am–3pm, 6–9:30pm
  • Sunday Closed

6. Mizzy Corner

There are many famous Nasi Lemak stalls at Changi Village Food Centre, and Mizzi Corner remains the best rated one of the list. They use basmati rice which places the coconut aroma of the dish and also comes with egg, chicken wing and ikan bilis. The chilli is slightly sweeter and goes well with the rice. 

⭐⭐⭐ One of the top contenders of the few famous Nasi Lemak stalls at Changi Village 

Location: 2 Changi Village Rd, #01-26, Singapore 500002

Contact: +65 9816 4419

Hours: 

  • Monday 7:30am–1am
  • Tuesday 7:30am–1am
  • Wednesday 7:30am–1am
  • Thursday 7:30am–1am
  • Friday 7:30am–1am
  • Saturday 7:30am–1am
  • Sunday 7:30am–1am
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7. Bali Nasi Lemak

Bali Nasi Lemak was established in Geylang since 1985, and has been featured in many food reviews and guides such as LianHe ZaoBao, The New Paper, Makansutra, The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel Magazine, Time Magazine as well as popular food blogs and websites.

⭐⭐⭐ Famous for their signature Black Chicken (Fried chicken in kecap manis)

Location: 2 Lor 15 Geylang, Singapore 388596

Website: http://ilovebali.sg

Contact: +65 6841 4102

Hours: 

  • Monday 5:30pm–4am
  • Tuesday 5:30pm–4am
  • Wednesday 5:30pm–4am
  • Thursday 5:30pm–4am
  • Friday 5:30pm–4am
  • Saturday 5:30pm–4am
  • Sunday Closed

8. International Muslim Food

International Muslim Food Stall at Changi Village still pulls in the hungry crowds with their fluffy and aromatic jasmine rice, with spicy sweet sambal chilli sauce. 

⭐⭐⭐ Incredibly crispy and fragrant chicken wings with a subtle hint of ginger with delicious jasmine rice

Located in: Changi Village Hawker Centre

Location: 2 Changi Village Rd, #01-03, Singapore 500002

Contact: +65 8400 6882

Hours: 

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 9am–3pm, 6pm–12am
  • Wednesday 9am–3pm, 6pm–12am
  • Thursday 9am–3pm, 6pm–12am
  • Friday 9am–3pm, 6pm–12am
  • Saturday 9am–7pm
  • Sunday Closed

9. Old School Canteen

Old School Canteen serves Nasi Lemak the traditional way, with a nostalgic backgrop of old tunes and vintage memorabilia. Enjoy their thick sambal chilli and choose from boiled egg, cuttlefish or prawns, together with the usual coconut rice, fried fish, peanuts and anchovies. 

​⭐⭐⭐ Touted as the old-school Nasi Lemak at Changi Village

Located in
: Changi Village Hawker Centre

Location: Blk 3 Changi Village Rd, #01-85, Singapore 500003

Contact: +65 9234 0426

Hours: 

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 9am–3pm
  • Wednesday 9am–3pm
  • Thursday 9am–3pm
  • Friday 9am–3pm
  • Saturday 9am–3pm
  • Sunday 9am–3pm

10. Village Nasi Lemak

Village Nasi Lemak, after its shift to Circular Road, has tried to keep not only relevant but ahead of the times by reinventing itself. With the inclusion of a truffle poached egg, cucumber cut in thin strips, and the addition of deep fried crispy flour on top of the rice for that added crunchiness, Village Nasi Lemak is slightly pricier but not to the level of The Coconut Club. 

⭐⭐⭐ Village Nasi Lemak has moved from Simpang Bedok to Circular Road, where it has been rebranded to be an Asian tapas bar. 

Location: 57 Circular Rd, Singapore 049412

Contact: +65 6443 0400

Hours: 

  • Monday 10am–10pm
  • Tuesday 10am–10pm
  • Wednesday 10am–10pm
  • Thursday 10am–10pm
  • Friday 10am–12am
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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