Where to get nasi lemak in Singapore
Nasi lemak is one of Singapore’s national culinary darlings. After all, it never fails to entice us with its aromatic rice steamed with coconut milk, that’s often paired with egg, sambal, ikan bilis, and either fish or chicken on the side. We’ve listed down 22 of the best nasi lemak places you can find in Singapore to fulfil your cravings for the delicious traditional dish.
1. Changi Nasi Lemak
When it was first established in the ‘70s, Changi Nasi Lemak received long queues for being one of the few Chinese-style nasi lemak stalls in the area. Fast forward to 50 years later, and the family-owned joint is still popular for their uber fragrant coconut rice and legendary sweet sambal which are made using the same passed-down recipes.
In addition to their Classic Nasi Lemak ($4.90), the stall has zhng-ed up their menu to include new variants, which feature tantalising ingredients such as salted egg yolk chicken and mala braised pork.
Their Mala Braised Pork Nasi Lemak ($5.40) pairs the stall’s signature rice and sambal with a slab of juicy pork that’s dotted with tongue-numbing peppercorn. The result is a rich mouthful that’s filling to boot!
Address: 183 Upper Thomson Road, #01-04, Singapore 574429
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10:30am to 8:30pm
Changi Nasi Lemak is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak
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Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak is one of the most popular stalls in Changi Village Hawker Centre, and for good reason; their coconut milk-infused basmati rice pairs exceptionally well with the spicy-sweet sambal that is served on the side.
Prices are affordable too, starting from $3.50 for Set A, which comes with a fried egg, chicken wing, ikan bilis, and sambal.
Address: 2 Changi Village Road, #01-26, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Singapore 500002
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 10pm
Tel: 9816 4419
Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak is a halal-certified eatery.
3. Old School Canteen
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While not as popular as the previous two, Old School Canteen still serves up a good plate with generous helpings of aromatic coconut rice and spicy-sweet sambal. Prices start from $3.50, and you can top up your meal with sides of your choice including fried prawn, cuttlefish, chicken wings, and fish.
Address: 3 Changi Village Road, #01-85, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Singapore 500003
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9am to 3pm
Tel: 9234 0426
Old School Canteen is a Muslim-owned eatery.
4. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
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Even though they’re open well into the wee hours of the morning, Boon Lay Power doesn’t disappoint with their fresh ingredients which are kept piping hot. Their chicken wings are a must-try, as these are well marinated and then deep-fried to crispy, juicy perfection. Prices begin from $4.50 for a standard set, or you can opt for their jumbo Combo Set ($7.50), which comes packed with a chicken wing, two pieces of fried fish, fried egg, and one otak-otak.
Address: 221 Boon Lay Place, #01-106, Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre, Singapore 641221
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 4am
Tel: 6266 4466
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak is a halal-certified eatery.
5. Chong Pang Nasi Lemak
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A favourite amongst NSFs and army regulars alike, Chong Pang Nasi Lemak sets itself apart by operating like a cai fan stall. Boasting a wide array of dishes daily, the stall gives its customers full reign over the customisation of the dish.
Apart from your usual fried chicken wings and ikan kuning, you can also order other side dishes such as lady’s fingers, long beans, and hashbrowns to go with your meal. Their house-made sambal is also a star ingredient, boasting a sweet and nutty flavour that complements the fragrant coconut rice.
Address: 447 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758404
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 6:30am
Tel: 9655 1868
6. Ponggol Nasi Lemak
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Ponggol Nasi Lemak has become a household name in Singapore, thanks to their chicken drumsticks that are freshly fried to a crisp. Pair it with their sambal, which has just the right level of spice that is both tolerable and complementary to the overall meal. They also fry their eggs such that only the edges of the whites are browned, leaving the yolk runny.
To level up your meal, you can choose to add side dishes like otak-otak, luncheon meat, and stir-fried lady’s fingers. The rice here, however, is not as fragrant as the rest on the list.
Address: 371 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208998
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6293 0020
Ponggol Nasi Lemak is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
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Selera Rasa makes this dish a lil’ differently from the rest; they use long-grain basmati rice instead of Jasmine rice. As a result, their version is light and fluffy, pairing well with the sweet sambal.
Prices here begin from $3 for a Flash Meal that comes with basic ingredients such as ikan bilis, egg, coconut rice, cucumber slices, and sambal. If you’re feeling especially hungry, go for their Royal Rumble ($6), which packs a fried chicken wing, ikan kuning, otak-otak, and begedil.
Address: 2 Adam Road, #01-02, Adam Road Food Centre, Singapore 289876
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 7am to 5pm, Sat-Sun 7am to 3pm
Tel: 9843 4509
Selera Rasa is a halal-certified eatery.
8. No. 1 Adam’s Nasi Lemak
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Located right beside Selera Rasa, No. 1 Adam’s Nasi Lemak’s speciality is its tender and juicy mutton rendang, which comes in a thick and sweet gravy.
You can savour the mutton rendang as part of Adam’s Special ($5.50), where you’ll also find deep-fried chicken wings, begedil, fried egg, anchovies, peanuts, cucumber slices, and sambal.
Address: 2 Adam Road, #01-01, Adam Road Food Centre, Singapore 289876
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 8am to 6pm
No. 1 Adam’s Nasi Lemak is a halal-certified eatery.
9. The Coconut Club
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Currently in the midst of shifting to a new location, The Coconut Club offers their signature plate at $18.80++. Don’t let the price deter you from trying out this Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant though, as they’re generous with their serving portions and fry up their chicken thighs to tender, juicy perfection. The rice is a winner, as it’s cooked with special coconut milk that gives it a delicate aroma.
Round off your meal with a serving of their Chendol ($5.60), which strikes a fine balance between the milkiness of the coconut milk and the sweetness of the gula melaka.
Opening hours: TBA
Tel: 8028 3486
The Coconut Club is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Bali Nasi Lemak
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At Bali Nasi Lemak, you can swap out the classic egg and ikan kuning combo for other dishes like kecap manis chicken (black sauce chicken) and sambal petai.
Prices begin from $5.70 for a Classic set with just ikan kuning, egg, and ikan bilis. Alternatively, if you’ve worked up a huge appetite, go for their Premium set ($9.50), which comes with a fried chicken drumstick, spicy Nyonya otah, sautéed sambal petai, lady’s fingers, roasted peanuts, and ikan bilis.
Address: 2 Lorong 15 Geylang, Singapore 388596
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm to 4am
Tel: 6841 4102
Bali Nasi Lemak is not a halal-certified eatery.
11. Fong Seng Nasi Lemak
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Mention Fong Seng Nasi Lemak at Clementi, and chances are most NUS students would have visited this eatery for late-night supper outings.
Your dish is fully customisable here, allowing you to pick and choose among classic ingredients such as chicken wings and ikan kuning, along with other less common dishes such as luncheon meat and teriyaki saba fish.
Prices here are kept low to accommodate students, with a platter comprising fried chicken wing, otah, fried egg, peanuts and two pieces of ikan kuning amounting to only $5.40.
Address: 22A Clementi Road, Singapore 129751
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 4am
Tel: 9092 1651
Fong Seng Nasi Lemak is a halal-certified eatery.
Simple.簡 is well known for its blue coconut rice, a hue achieved by infusing the fragrant rice with butterfly blue pea flowers.
Their rice is cooked with less coconut milk too, making it a healthier choice as compared to their more lemak counterparts.
We recommend their Tuesday special Nasi Lemak + Rendang Chicken ($6.50), as the chicken comes overflowing with a succulent, spicy sauce and boasts a tender and juicy texture.
Read our full review of Simple.簡.
Address: 114 Lavender Street, #01-08/09, CT Hub 2, Singapore 338729
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm
Tel: 9639 2486
13. Aliff Nasi Lemak
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Aliff Nasi Lemak is yet another place that uses basmati rice in its platters. The rice is cooked with freshly squeezed coconut milk and pandan leaves, giving you fragrant, delicious rice that is light on the palate.
Prices here are easy on the wallet, starting from $3.60 for Set A, which comes with rice, egg, a fried chicken wing, ikan kuning, ikan bilis, and sambal.
You can also opt to choose your own ingredients, with a platter coming with ikan kuning, chicken wings, and begedil as sides amounting to just $5.
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, #01-27, Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre, Singapore 555945
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7:30am to 3pm
Tel: 9091 0807
14. Tan Beng Otah Delights
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Otah might be in the name of Tan Beng Otah Delights, but that’s not all they sell. Their rice is served atop banana leaves.
Prices begin from just $1.50 for a basic packet with ikan bilis, peanuts, and rice. You can choose to add their signature otak-otak ($1.20) to your meal, which is freshly wrapped and filled with a mixture of mackerel meat and spices.
Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-74, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening hours: Sat-Thurs 8am to 7pm, Fri 11am to 7pm
Tel: 9436 0738
15. Mount Faber Nasi Lemak
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Operating just like your regular ol’ cai fan stall, Mount Faber Nasi Lemak allows you to choose the dishes to pair with the coconutty rice, such as otah, sayur lodeh, braised eggplant, and fried fish balls.
If you’re overwhelmed by the choices available, fret not as they also have set meals. Set B ($4) is the simplest of the lot, coming with a fried chicken wing, long beans, an egg, ikan bilis, and peanuts. Wash down your meal with a cup of lime juice, which you can get at an additional $1.
Address: 47 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089006
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 1:30am
Tel: 9788 9899
16. Lawa Bintang
If you’re craving for unorthodox side dishes, head down to Lawa Bintang. Here, you can order a whole grilled squid, barramundi, and even a lobster to accompany your platter of fragrant coconut rice.
Their Lobster Nasi Lemak ($22) is the star item on their menu, boasting a huge lobster coated with grounded herbs and cheese. Alongside it are sweet basmati rice, fried egg, peanuts, ikan bilis, and sambal.
Read our full review of Lawa Bintang here.
Address: 9008 Tampines Street 93, Singapore 528843
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9am to 2pm
Tel: 9681 1073
Lawa Bintang is a Muslim-owned eatery.
17. Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak
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Hainanese Village’s Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak sees long queues regularly. For only $3 per plate, expect flavourful coconut rice, alongside generous servings of side dishes such as ikan kuning and fried fish fillet.
Although the classic combo of fried egg, peanuts, and chicken wings are not available at Yi Liu Xiang, they make up for this with their selection of fish fillet, fish cake, and otah.
Address: 105 Hougang Avenue 1, #02-30, Hougang Hainanese Village Food Centre, Singapore 530105
Opening hours: Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 6:30am to 12pm
18. Latiffa Huri
Nestled in a kopitiam in Jurong West is Latiffa Huri, where their star item is their nasi lemak. A standard plate comprising fried egg, chicken wing, ikan kuning, and otah will cost you just $4.80, and you’re free to customise meal with the other sides available.
Check out our review of Latiffa Huri.
Address: 497 Jurong West Street 41, 7 Stars Coffee Shop, #01-426, Singapore 640497
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 5:30am to 3pm
19. Tree Coconut Nasi Lemak
Simplicity is the key to Tree Coconut Nasi Lemak, where the rice and ingredients are prepared following recipes that are passed down through generations.
Prices begin from $4.20 for a standard Nasi Lemak Set, which comes with a fried egg, chicken wing, and sambal. You can add an Otah ($1) and Ikan Bilis ($0.50) to complete your meal.
Read our full review of Tree Coconut Nasi Lemak.
Address: 166 Jalan Besar, #01-27, Berseh Food Centre, Singapore 208877
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 3pm
Tel: 8181 9545
20. OG Lemak
OG Lemak is run by Shen Tan, a renowned private dining chef. Since its opening, the stall has drawn long queues for platefuls of their fragrant coconut rice, which has been twice-steamed with 11 ingredients so its extra lemak. Opt for the Crispy Chicken Thigh ($7.90), where fluffy rice comes with battered and crisp chicken—still juicy even after frying.
Read our OG Lemak review.
Address: 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, #01-16, Newton Food Centre, Singapore 229495
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 8:30pm
21. Dickson Nasi Lemak
Dickson Nasi Lemak is the new kid on the block in Joo Chiat that only caters to takeaway orders. With a menu that is as concise as its furnishings, the store seeks to wow its customers not with the variety of its dishes, but with the quality. You’d be remiss not to go for the Ayam Goreng Berempah ($6.80), which gets you a whole deep-fried spiced chicken leg alongside the usual offerings.
Check out our review of Dickson Nasi Lemak.
Address: 320 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427571
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 8am to 10am, 11:30am to 2:30pm, Wed 8am to 2:30pm
22. Wild Coco
Situated in this hipster kopitiam in Balestier, Wild Coco has been making waves for their nasi lemak dishes reminiscent of those of The Coconut Club. The Nasi Lemak Sambal Fried Fish ($10.80) comes highly recommended for fish lovers, with a sweet and firm flesh that is contrasted with crispy skin. Made from freshly, sliced chillis, the house-made sambal is thicker and less sweet than other places.
Another equally tasty option is the Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah ($9.80), which comes in either breast meat or chicken leg. The chicken is perfumed with notes of ginger and lemongrass, and goes well with the sambal.
Check our our review of Wild Coco.
Address: 122 McNair Road, #01-45, Singapore 320122
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am to 9pm
Tel: 9119 3822
Wild Coco is not a halal-certified eatery but uses no pork or lard.
Get a hearty plate of nasi lemak in Singapore
This local dish can be found all over Singapore, but the best may not be as easy to find. With this guide on hand, you’ll be able to narrow your options down to a good place near you, and tuck into a hearty plate of nasi lemak. If you’re looking to get this filling dish delivered to you, check out our list of nasi lemak delivery!
This article was originally written on 3 January 2020.
Updated by Thames Teo.
Feature image adapted from @jglovesfood