The debate on which nasi lemak stall in Changi Village Hawker Centre is the best never seems to get resolved. With over several stalls selling pretty much the same thing in the same hawker centre, it is no surprise that squabbles like these tend to arise.
Our favourite, however, remains to be the one from International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak. With a dish as iconic as nasi lemak, each individual component has to be executed perfectly – from the aromatic coconut rice to the crispy chicken wing, right down to the sweet and spicy sambal.
This is one place where you are sure to get satisfying nasi lemak at reasonable prices every time and for those who do not live in the East, it is truly something worth travelling to Changi for.
At Changi Village Hawker there are several nasi lemak stalls fighting for business. With the three notable ones being, International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak, Sri Sujana and Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak.
Long-time patrons would recall that International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak’s Stall used to be situated at the corner of the hawker centre but ever since the place underwent renovation, they have relocated to a different part of the food centre. After the renovation was complete, Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak assumed the position of where International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak used to be but loyal patrons know better.
The stall itself is hard to miss as it is the one that draws the largest crowd. During lunch time, you can expect long snaking queues but thankfully the stallholders are efficient so the wait really is not as long as you think.
We got ourselves the Nasi Lemak Chicken Set (S$3.50) which comprises coconut rice, fried ikan bilis, a fried egg, a generous dollop of sambal and of course, a crispy chicken wing.
For the love of proper nasi lemak, this one is hard to beat. In fact, it is so popular that the stall sells out really quickly on a daily basis. We arrived close to 1.30pm during lunch time and we were shocked to find out that their fried fish and otak had already sold out. Their lights were already turned off and all that was left was a plate of chicken wings soon to run out as well.
They really set the bar high with their fried chicken wings. It was fragrant and incredibly crispy – just the way any good fried chicken wing should be. It carried a subtle hint of ginger which we felt worked well to complement the entire dish aromatically. We also liked that the outer coating was not too thick to the extent that it became overwhelming.
Normally, if a batter is too heavy, it would take considerably more effort for the hot oil to penetrate the centre of the chicken wing, hence, the result being an oily chicken wing that is still raw in the middle. Thankfully, their coating was relatively thin, which allowed the end result to be super crispy.
If you truly are a fan, we suggest getting two!
They also use a much better quality of jasmine rice that is fluffier and aromatic. From the moment the rice is scooped from the massive rice cooker, your senses will be awoken. Mix the rice together with the sweet and spicy sambal and that itself can be a meal on its own.
After so many years in the business, there is a reason why the stall still pulls in quite the crowd till this day. Their utmost care and attention to detail really shine through in their nasi lemak and although it looks like nothing special, it really is one of the most amazing nasi lemaks around.
International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak
2 Changi Village Road
#01-03 Changi Village Hawker Centre
Mon to Fri: 9am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am
Sat: 9am – 7pm
Sun: 10am – 12am