A dish as iconic as Nasi Lemak generally comes with high expectations tied to it. Each ingredient complementing one another pefectly, makes it a versatile dish that can be had for literally any meal of the day.
For us, the one component that makes or breaks this iconic favourite is the coconut rice. It has to be fluffy, fragrant and served in generous portions. Thankfully we struck gold with Nasi Lemak Kukus.
Nasi Lemak Kukus is a back to basics restaurant unlike any other. With free-flow of their fragrant coconut rice and sambal, you can trust that you will leave with a very satisfied tummy.
The eatery is made homely with simple industrial-style decor and artistic scribbling on the wall. There was a certain rustic charm to it that we absolutely loved. Malay songs can be heard blasting in the background which gave the place an upbeat vibe.
The restaurant adopts an open kitchen concept and features both an indoor and outdoor seating area.
Do not try and wait for someone to serve you because you will likely get scolded for standing around. The restaurant adopts a self-service concept so you take what you want to eat yourself.
Grab a plate from the side of the counter and begin by helping yourself a to a generous scoop of the coconut rice. It is also good to note that unlike many other places, the rice here is steamed and not boiled, resulting in fluffier, more flavourful and fragrant rice.
Proceed to the next step where you can start to pile on your ingredients of choice. Do be careful because when it comes to ingredients, it is not free flow, and you will be charged according to how much you take.
The sambal chilli is free flow as well, so knock yourselves out!
You have the option of choosing the standard Chicken Wing Set ($4) that comes with a fried chicken wing, fried fish, egg omelette and peanuts, or the Ala-Carte option which allows you to freely pick anything from the countertop.
We ordered the standard Chicken Wing set, and for good measure, we also added on a ladle-full of Mutton Rendang (S$4) which brought the final cost to S$8 in total. The mutton was pull-apart tender and having the rendang gravy mixed in with the rice made it such a joy to eat.
We were impressed by the chicken wings. It was so crispy, yet not overly oily. The other items were pretty normal but with the amount of variety plus the huge helping of rice and sambal, it really is S$4 well spent.
Gluttons unite, because Nasi Lemak Kukus is the place to be!
Nasi Lemak Kukus
229 Selegie Road
Tel: +65 8222 9517
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Little India