Nasi lemak is a simple yet emotionally complexing dish consisting of fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk (known as santan) and sometimes pandan leaf, served with a side of deep-fried anchovies, ground nuts, an egg, cucumber slices, and sambal chili—a sweet spicy gravy. With our childhood memories flooded by the smell and favourite places to have it, it’s only right to feature the best of the best to save you from questionable decisions. Thus here goes with Top 9 Nasi Lemak In Singapore!
10 Best Nasi Lemak In Singapore
#1 Changi Nasi Lemak [Temporarily Closed]
Known for its rice – which has a unique, lasting coconut fragrance unlike any other nasi lemak – and its legendary chilli, this stall is loved by foodies everywhere, and we’re sure you’ll adore it too!
As we mentioned, Changi Nasi Lemak is famous for its chilli. It’s made with the freshest anchovies and shallots, and it has a unique richness and sweetness that sets it apart from the usual sambal chilli you get from regular nasi lemak stalls. It pairs perfectly with the aromatic rice, highlighting its coconut flavour. Just thinking about it makes our mouths water!
Currently, Changi Nasi Lemak’s newest attraction is its McSpicy-inspired chicken thigh cutlet, whose juiciness and tastiness is everything you could want in a nasi lemak side dish. (And yes, for everyone asking, it does taste like the original McSpicy!)
Location: Block 323 Bukit Batok Street 33, Singapore 650323
Operating Hours: 7AM – 3PM, Tuesday – Sunday
#2 Ponggol Nasi Lemak
Being one of Singapore’s most well-known dishes, it takes a lot to stand out but Ponggol Nasi Lemak hits all the right spots. With freshly fried and crispy fried chicken drumsticks have two instead of one and make for sinful indulgence. The chilli complements the dishes well and has just enough kick without overpowering the dish.
The Biggest Star of all is their fried egg; what is seemingly a simple sunny side up is actually still runny and soft in the centre, including part of the egg white. With the rice aromatically accentuated by coconut and pandan, this major component is fluffy and beautifully pairs with their spicy sweet sambal!? Heck, let’s throw in an extra portion of rice while piling on options like fried egg, otak, luncheon meat, crispy ikan bilis and stir-fried lady’s fingers.
Address: Address: 965 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534721
Hours: 5.3 PM to 3 AM.Closed On Thursday
Phone: +65 6281 0020
Address: Address: 2 Parkstone Rd, Singapore 437649
Hours: 5.30 AM to 2.30 AM. Closed On Thursday
Phone: +65 6287 0020
Address: Address: 371 Jln Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208998
Hours: 12 PM to 11 PM. Closed On Thursday
Phone: +65 6293 0020
#3 Mizzy’s Corner
What truly sets them apart has to be the basmati rice that’s infused with coconut milk, bringing a whole new world of carbs heaven while the spicy sweet sambal when mixed into the aromatic rice became partners in crime, ready to steal your taste buds away.
Address: 2 Changi Village Rd, #01-26, Singapore 500002
Hours: 7.30 AM to 1 AM
Phone: +65 9816 4419
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#4 Old School Canteen
Doing nasi lemak the old-school way, this stall in Changi Village is a blast from the past. Fitting the nostalgic backdrop, blasting old tunes and peppered with vintage memorabilia, Old School Canteen serves plates of nasi lemak the traditional way.
Star of their show is 3 different types of sambal! Sambal with boiled egg, cuttlefish or prawns. It’s thick, crunchy and sinful in many ways! Served with fluffy coconut rice, fried fish, peanuts and anchovies – starting price for a complete plate begins from $3.
Address: Blk, 3 Changi Village Rd, #01-85, Singapore 500003
Hours: 9 AM to 3 PM. Closed On Monday
Phone: +65 9234 0426
#5 Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
Selera Rasa’s Nasi Lemak distinct itself from the usual crowd of the nasi lemak makers as their use of basmati rice instead of the typical jasmine variety what makes them unique. It is so popular that even the Sultan of Brunei makes it a point to have it whenever he visits. Resulting in a whole other variation of fluffiness and lightness, it allows the sweet and piquant sambal to be fully absorbed allowing you to enjoy each and every component with your own damn sweet pace!
Set A ($2.90): ‘flash meal’ with only basic ingredients like Ikan bilis & egg.
Set B/ C/ D ($3.90): fish/ chicken wing/ otak meal w Ikan bilis & egg.
Set E ($4.90): ‘full house’ with chicken wing & otak w Ikan bilis & egg.
Set F ($5.40): ‘royal flush’ with a chicken wing, otak & begedil w Ikan bilis & egg.
Set G ($5.90): ‘royal rumble’ with a chicken wing, otak & begedil w Ikan bilis & egg.
Located in: Adam Road Food Centre
Hours: 7 AM to 5 PM. Closed On Friday
Phone: +65 9843 4509
#6 Nasi Lemak Kukus
Free flow of rice and spicy sambal is probably the first thing you should notice while you’re at it here! Serving up traditional nasi lemak amidst dangly lights strewn across the ceiling and giving that primary school canteen feels, Nasi Lemak Kukus executes a hipster vibe where if you want extra chicken wing you’ll have to get it yourself, that’s hipster for you!
With the self-service system, indulge yourself in not only the basic condiments like crunchy peanuts with Ikan Bilis, chicken wing, Ikan Kuning and cucumber but the other half of the displayed food is also made up of hot dishes in pots. Here is where calorie counters explode. Lemak-till-can-die sayur lodeh, beef rendang, stewed beef lungs, and other spicy chicken dishes wink at you cheekily, daring to be scooped up and ravished.
#7 Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak @ Simple.簡
Recently rebranded their name from Jia Xiang to Simple Cafe, the butterfly blue pea flower is a significance to this notable dish taught by the owner’s grandmother who has an abundant amount of this flower blooming in their town where grandma uses it to infuse into her famous nasi lemak inspired by her Malay neighbours and inherited by the Nyonya heritage.
Using less coconut milk and allowing most of the flavours to derive from the pandan leaves, this nasi lemak is a path to a healthy journey in the most aromatic manner. With their homemade sambal robust in flavours, slightly spicy with a strong presence of shallots and a perfect balance of sweet and savoury, check out their weekly special Rendang Chicken set, only available every Tuesday.
#8 Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
It’s hard to miss this when it’s highly craved coconut rice is something to look forward to when in the land of Singapura especially to the one living on the West side of a country, This popular supper time haunt sells seriously good nasi lemak till as early as 3.30am.
For avid fans of this iconic dish, this is probably among one of the few worth venturing to in the dead of night. Maintaining the freshness of their nasi lemak ingredients and making sure that their food is kept sizzling hot, the well-marinated chicken is deep-fried to nice crispiness yet still maintaining its tenderness on the inside. In overall, for $3.50, this plate of supper goodness is a pretty good deal!
Address: #01, 221B Boon Lay Pl, 106, Singapore 642221
Hours: 6.30 AM to 3.30 AM.
Phone: +65 6266 4466
#9 Aliff Nasi Lemak
Join the queue for what many deem to be one of the freshest and tastiest nasi lemak in this part of Singapore; it’s also not overly oily so you’re spared that post-meal guilt. The Ikan Bilis here are freshly fried and go super well with the sambal.
While the rice is not the most fragrant, each grain is perfectly firm and not sticky. Major components: Fluffy basmati rice, golden fried chicken wings, a good sized Kuning fish, crispy ikan bilis and oh-so-sweet yummy chili!
Address: #01-27,, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945
Hours: 7 AM to 6 PM. Closed on Wednesday & Saturday
#10 Chong Pang Nasi Lemak
A comfort food haunt for Northerners, this Sembawang fixture has been serving its signature nasi lemak since 1973, so you bet it knows a thing or two about the famed local dish Patronized by not only the residents in Sembawang but also the hungry soldiers from the various camps nearby.
Their nasi lemak is always a delightful experience as their chicken wings and fried eggs are always fresh and hot from the wok. In addition, their sambal is super tasty without being too heavy on the spice. Food items here include otah, ngoh hiang, hash browns; the real standout, however, is its crispy, deep-fried chicken wings that will undoubtedly get your hands messy.
Address: 447 Sembawang Rd, Singapore 758404
Hours: 5 PM to 7 AM. Opens daily
Phone: +65 9655 1868
This food guide is updated on 1 January 2020.