Adam Road Food Centre is among one of our top few favourite hawker centres in Singapore. Although a lot smaller than its other markets and food centres in Singapore, Adam Road Food Centre houses a higher concentration of Malay and Indian food stalls, making it our go-to whenever those cravings kick in.
It is home to two famous nasi lemak stalls—No. 1 Adam Road Nasi Lemak (Stall 1) and Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak (Stall 2). For as long as we can remember, the epic battle between nasi lemak stalls 1 and 2 have been ongoing—with both stalls commanding their fair share of regular customers. During peak hours, both stalls see long queues as well. So which is the best nasi lemak stall at Adam Road Food Centre? Read on to find out.
In order to make a fair comparison, we got the standard chicken set from both stalls.
Nasi lemak is nasi lemak, but what makes Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak’s so special to us is their use of basmati rice instead of the typical jasmine variety. This long grain is much fluffier and lighter, which bolds really well with the sweet and piquant sambal.
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak’schicken wings are fantastic as well. Fresh out the fryer, they boast a fragrant aroma of turmeric and ginger and we liked that the batter was thin, allowing the chicken wing itself to become super crispy without being too oily.
The first thing we got when No. 1 Adam Road Nasi Lemak was served was the strong whiff of coconut, but having tucked into it proper, our initial impression soon saw a quick and tragic demise. For all its popularity, this nasi lemak was pretty average. The rice was not as tasty as we had hoped, and it was bordering on soggy.
No. 1 Adam Road Nasi Lemak’s crispy chicken wings are equally as good and brimming with deep savoury flavours. We liked that the batter (if there was even any) was super thin, allowing the chicken wing to stay crispy.
CONCLUSION – WHICH IS THE BEST NASI LEMAK AT ADAM ROAD FOOD CENTRE?
The humble nasi lemak from Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak was such a joy to eat and a great way to begin our day. We can really see why the Sultan of Brunei himself makes it a point to have this each time he comes here. This is easily one of the best nasi lemaks you can get in Singapore.
We were not completely starstruck by No. 1 Adam Road Nasi Lemak, but we have to admit that it was not completely awful either. It’s much better than most of the nasi lemak stalls in Singapore, but just not as good as its neighbour.
There were still minor saving graces here and there which makes this a good fix for when your nasi lemak cravings kick in (or if you have no time to queue next door).