My first encounter with Nasi Lemak dates all the way back in 2010. It was during our one-week-long honeymoon here in Singapore where I had my first taste of that fragrant coconut rice with ikan bilis (dilis), lots of garlic peanuts, egg and fried chicken. I fell madly in love with Nasi Lemak that I would order it every chance I get here in Singapore and when we continued with our trip to Kuala Lumpur. Fast forward to today, I've lost count of the number of Nasi Lemaks that I've already had. To me, it's one of my favorite comfort food where I can always be sure of it's consistent delicious flavor and the viands that come with it are pretty straight-forward, simple yet always satisfyingly good.
The rice was really fragrant and has a good fluffy texture. The egg was so yummy! I just love perfectly cooked round eggs with yolk that's in between runny and firm. The chicken was tender and was still delicious even after I removed all the skin (I'll tell you why later!). Lastly, the way I enjoy this is to carefully mixed all the peanuts and ikan bilis into my rice, mixed the egg and add a teeny tiny drop of sambal. It's like a fragrant coconut-flavored fried rice that's soooo yummy! This is definitely one of the best Nasi Lemaks I've had so far.
Reading up about Ponggol Nasi Lemak, I've been getting raves about the Sauteed Crispy Chicken Skin with Curry Leaves (S$1.50/S$4.70).
Okay, here's one big fact about me -- I do not like chicken skin very much.
We had an amazing time at Ponggol Nasi Lemak. It's a simple restaurant that offers that one thing that they are genuinely good at -- Nasi Lemak. If you're a fan just like me, then I highly recommend for you all to give it a try. I can't wait to go back and perhaps try the other side dishes. Plus, they also offer homemade ice cream which I am so excited to check out too.
Ponggol Nasi Lemak is located at 371 Jalan Besar, 01-01, Singapore. They're open daily (except Thursdays) from 12nn - 11pm. Call them at 6293-0020.