Nasi Beringin is a classic, long-lost Malay dish that is somewhat a hybrid of nasi lemak and biryani, nasi beringin is believed to be served to the royalties in Johor back in the olden days. A popular dish in Singapore back in the 1950s, nasi beringin gradually phased out and today, this dish is rarely served—until now.
Fifty50 Empire over at Yishun Park Hawker Centre aims to bring this dish back to the local food scene and here is why you should head over and try it out for yourself.
Mr Fahmi, the owner of Fifty50, explains that prior to the opening of the stall, he and a fellow owner were planning to serve nasi lemak and/or biryani, which are each of their respective favourites.
It was only after a casual talk with another friend of his where they found out about Nasi Beringin—a long-lost Malay dish that, as of today, has pretty much ceased to exist in Singapore. He highlights that the rice takes centre stage rather than the meats—Fifty50 uses a short-grained type of basmati rice that has the same fragrance like that of a nasi lemak, resulting in a fluffy, aromatic and tasty type of rice.
First up, we had the Beef Lite (S$5) with Rendang sauce. The dish came with a generous serving of beef pieces coated in rendang sauce, cucumbers and a piece of papadum.
Fried and allowed to stew down in a spicy, rich and creamy rendang sauce, every piece of beef was fork-tender and flavourful. We especially appreciated how the rendang sauce had a fiery kick without it being overbearing, allowing the other flavours to stand out too.
The Fish Lite (S$3) with Kurma sauce is the most affordable item you can find on the menu but trust us when we say that it will be one that satisfies nonetheless.
Fried till golden brown, the dory fish was coated in a batter that was crisp, giving an added crunch to the soft meat beneath. However, like what Mr Fahmi said, the star of the show was indeed the sauce and the rice.
The Kurma sauce is a coconut-based sauce made with a medley of herbs and spices, including star anise, cinnamon and coriander. Creamy, sweet and savoury all at the same time, it is best had with the rice alone and trust us when we say this is the sauce you have to try when at Fifty50 Empire.
Unlike rendang and masak merah, which are the other two sauce options available, kurma is a lesser-known sauce unique to Fifty50 Empire and we are definitely glad that they decided to have it on the menu because boy, it sure tastes amazing.
Fifty50 offers 5 different types of protein choices, but we must say that the rice and sauces are indeed the ones that will make your day.
Should you be looking for larger portions, opt for the double or triple portions or add on an additional piece of meat!
Yishun Park Hawker Centre Stall #01-17
51 Yishun Avenue 11
Mon, Tue, Thu to Sun: 11am – 9pm
(Closed on Wednesdays)
Closed for Friday Prayers from 1pm – 2pm
Nearest Station: Yishun