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November 19, 2017

Nasi Lemak Bumbung, Petaling Jaya… it’s never short of utterly delicious

If you’re food-obsessed but don’t have the disposable income for Kuala Lumpur’s top end restaurants, you want to pay nasi lemak bumbung a mealtime visit. It is truly a cheap eat of an exceptional standard. You can tell, with every mouthful.

Nasi Lemak Bumbung is an odd name because the stall does not have a roof (bumbung) over it. It is hidden in a narrow alley.

The combination of coconut rice, crispy anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, egg and spiced fried chicken (ayam goreng berempah) hits all the right spots of flavour and texture. These were doused in an incredibly shrimpy sambal that I couldn’t get enough of—the funkiest, most powerful flavors of the meal. And all for less than ten ringgit.

A billion times better than plane food. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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September 30, 2017

The Coconut Club, Singapore…terrible waste of time and money

As you may make out of the title of this post, The Coconut Club isn´t good – or rather a terrible waste of money and everybody´s time. They’ve put effort into the décor. Obviously you know it’s going to be nose-bleedingly expensive. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be good.

A plate of nasi lemak with coconut rice, chicken leg, ikan bilis, peanuts, cucumber, fried egg and sambal set me back SGD12.80. And this was before adding on the otak-otak which was another SGD10.50. Sorely lacking were the things that make nasi lemak great: the flavour and fragrance. This is a restaurant predicated on one idea: that a single really expensive ingredient – specially brought in from Malaysia – will make your life better.

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but it won’t. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 27, 2016

Loke Thye Kee Restaurant, Penang…disappointingly bad

Believe it or not, but apparently, Loke Thye Kee, or love boat as it was affectionately known, was once the choice venue of family gathering. To eat here, I was told is that you are in the presence of greatness, while the evidence of my senses tells me that I am in the presence of, at best, okayness. Let’s face it: times have changed drastically. Today, it’s so sub “standard”. Soooo over rated it’s unbelievable.

The people who work in Loke Thye Kee were warm and gracious but the food was another story. The hainanese set – kaya & butter toast, soft boiled eggs and kopi was very ordinary. The spread were woefully lacking richness and savouriness. The nasi lemak and chicken curry was as exciting as hotel buffet fare. For all its past glories, the restaurant is terribly, terribly sad.

Is Loke Thye Kee worth the time and money? In and of itself, no. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 20, 2016

Nasi Lemak Tanglin, Kuala Lumpur…Number one? Surely not in my books!

Allow me to use a metaphor.  Nasi Lemak Tanglin is like Manchester United…the team looks good on paper, but it does not deliver during the regular season.  I was disappointed to say the least.

Everyone is talking about it and everyone is recommending it…I was expecting something big. Having been voted Food Wars Asia Nasi Lemak Champion, everyone seem to be raving that its one of the best nasi lemaks in town.

The sambal sotong and beef rendang were a real let down. These are the two basic staple accompanying dishes to nasi lemak, and they can’t get basics right. Definite skip.

So what’s the big fuss behind it? Number one? Surely not in my books! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 10, 2015

Village Park, Petaling Jaya…Muted praise for the nasi lemak

After watching about it on TV, I was determined to try Village Park’s version of the classic dish of coconut rice with a spicy sambal, egg and cucumber that was originally “breakfast” but is now popular throughout the day. It is not a fancy place by all means, but you do not come to this eatery for the décor.

On the whole; the nasi lemak was GOOD. Not extremely outstanding. The coconut rice was pretty good, not overpowered but with a nice hint of coconut. The tender deep-fried chicken thigh had a shatteringly crunchy coating but was lacking flavour. No matter how well you can crisp up a chicken leg, it needs a balanced flavour to make all the difference between good fried chicken and one that’s transcendental. The sweet and creamy, wet and salty beef rending was unfortunately not that great. The beef have obviously been slow cooked and there is absolutely no toughness in the meat. But one of the other key elements in the dish is the gravy and this is where this dish falls flat here. It was definitely not the best Nasi Lemak I have had.

The nasi lemak is good but you do pay a price. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 16, 2014

Penang Place Restaurant, Singapore….as good as being in Penang

Penang is an island best known as Malaysia’s unofficial food capital. After many trips to Penang, I am hooked on the food and this restaurant is as good as being there.

The buffet line was quite expansive – 30 specialties. There’re hits and misses, with the Penang Fried Koay Teow faring very very well, while the desserts and Assam Laksa less so. This is a no pork no lard restaurant, but the char koay teow, is a winner – not oily but equally fragrant with that smoky flavour as any others around and topped with generous amounts of fresh and big sized prawns and cockles. The nasi lemak was just ok. The rice was not particularly fragrant but the rending was very tender, though a tad too spicy. The curry chicken is also a must try. The assam laksa was a DIY station but sad to say, this dish was not up to par. I actually enjoyed DIY-ing my own rojak because I decide what goes into the mix: cucumber, pineapple, guava and starfruit.

Being an ex-Malaysian, I would say this is the closest to authentic Penang food you will get in Singapore. I had to waddle out of the restaurant stuffed to the eyeballs, moaning that I could never, ever, possibly eat another thing. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 24, 2014

Makan Indah Selalu Nasi Lemak, Kampung Senibong, Johor Baru…..the nasi lemak here absolutely satisfy both the expert and the greedy

One of the true hidden gems of Johor Baru (JB). First of all, the views are amazing. Situated right by the sea, Kampung Senibong boasts a long row of restaurants serving a wide range of various aquatic creatures. You can have your dinner at one of the floating restaurant on stilts with variety of fresh fish, crab, and prawn while enjoying the seaview of Sembawang, Singapore.

Nasi lemak Senibong is its version of the classic dish of coconut rice with a spicy sambal, egg and cucumber that was originally “breakfast” but is now popular throughout the da. It is so famous in Johor Baru (JB) that even wikitravel has an entry about it as one of the best nasi lemak in JB. The rice is smooth, soft and fluffly yet it tastes reassuringly of coconut without being in any way puddingy. The rich sambal sauce is excellent, with enough chilli heat to set the sides of your tongue into convulsions. There’s a welcome sweetness and the flavours are well integrated. The accompanying chicken rending is really nice too.

Other than the nasi lemak, the food wasn’t the best or worst we’ve ever had. Was the chicken satay edible? Yes. Did it make me sick? No. Did I like it? Not particularly. The lala were hard and not particularly fresh and overall the food is a little over-priced, probably because of the ambience.

Be laser focused…the nasi lemak here absolutely satisfy both the expert and the greedy. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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September 3, 2011

Tanjong Pagar Pandan Leaf Nasi Lemak, Singapore…fantastic value for money and amazingly delicious

A plate of nasi lemak (rice cooked in rich coconut milk), which comes with pandan-flavored rice and your personal choice of three condiments (I chose a fried chicken drumstick, a piece of luncheon meat and a piece of otah) costs only $2.50. The huge really fresh fried drumstick is exceptionally crispy, tender and as a colonel would say it…finger-licking good.

The difference between a good nasi lemak and an exceptionally marvelous nasi lemak lies in the use of pandan leaves (screwpine leaves). Possessing highly fragrant floral smell, these leaves are used to infuse rice dishes or desserts with the signature aroma; a nasi lemak will not be a true nasi lemak without their presence. At this 02-43 stall, the rice even has pandan colour all over and has the most amazing aroma.

This pandan leaf nasi lemak is easily the best I have tasted in Singapore in the six over years I have been here. Anjd at $2.50 it’s fantastic value as well. Thank god, there are still stalls like 02-43 out there. They are a vanishing breed. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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