First opened in the 1970s, Ponggol nasi lemak has slowly
crept into the diet of Singaporeans and has been a popular place to go to
satisfy your craving for this coconut rice dish. Was recently invited to a
tasting of their third and newest outlet at Jalan Besar and left impressed by
the new concept. This modern new look outlet features a fast food style concept
which is a complete opposite to its existing shops.
What’s the difference?
They have premium house specialities as well as in-house made
ice cream and sorbet to attract the new age crowd.
Premium House specialities
The Jalan Besar branch features seven house specialities to
the existing array of ingredients from the existing outlets. Here are my
Grilled Japanese Squid (3hands)
Air flown from Japan, this premium squid is grilled before
being served with an Indonesian sweet sauce. The squid @ $7.50 a piece goes
well with the coconut rice and is an ingredient in which we do not normally
associate with our nasi lemak.
Crispy battered prawns (4hands)
Live prawns bought fresh from the market, are dipped in
batter and fried fresh everyday so that we diners can feel satisfied during our
meal. 2 large prawns are priced at $3.80.
Signature Ngoh Hiang (3hands)
These wanton like dumplings are made using the family’s
secret recipe. Minced pork, water chestnut and seasonings are mixed together
before being wrapped in a beancurd skin and then fried. Definitely not as good
as homemade ones but this is as good as you can find outside.
Crispy chicken skin (5hands)
A must try dish here and something you can rarely find
elsewhere. Yes, im talking about this irresistible portion of the chicken skin
with curry leaves. Am told that preparing this dish is utterly time consuming
but the family wants diners to enjoy it with the nasi lemak. I agree it goes
very well with the coconut rice, or even individually as a light (but fat)
The Nasi Lemak as it is
A sample of how your nasi lemak set may look like depending on your order. The standard
of rice is markedly similar to the other outlets. To cut down on man power, the
eggs are fried automatically and are consistent throughout. Amongst all, my
personal favourite – the sayo lodeh, curry vegetables which goes really well
with the rice.
so is that all ? of course not! THE
FRIED CHICKEN WINGS. How can you not have these crispy tender chicken wings / drums with
your nasi lemak ? it is a sin!
Lastly, we have come to desserts ....
Ice cream and sorbets
The only outlet to sell ice creams and sorbets comes in a
variety of favours – Raspberry Mango, Lemongrass Lime, Pink Guava, Grape,
Passion Fruit, Milo, Peanut Butter and Green tea. There were hits and misses
but my favourite has to be the Milo and Lemon grass. After a heavy rich portion
of Nasi Lemak, these flavours help to soothe the stomach with something light
Overall review: shauneeie4hands. An example of how tradition
means modernity -This new concept can be replicated due to the fast food
design. Food was surprisingly as good as
its other outlets. Its plus point would be the variety of ingredients you can
choose to go with your nasi lemak and the fully air-conditioned environment to
escape the heat of tropical Singapore.
Lemak (Jalan Besar)
Noon – 11pm, closed on Thursday
Nearby mrt: lavender , farrer Park
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