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Banana leaf nasi lemak - WHERE?

Post by the lynx » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 8:38 am

I've been craving for a good banana-leaf nasi lemak for breakfast but I can't seem to find one around where I stay and also around my office area.

I certainly don't want any of those Ananas Cafe crap or the like.

Any idea where is such nasi lemak is sold between Ghim Moh to Tuas?

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I'm seriously in need of a kick from the sambal belacan (that's coffee for most of you). Thanks.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 9:04 am

Years ago, that was my staple in the mornings, but I used to live in an ulu part of Singapore and there was a malay gentleman who used to ride his bicycle through the area (seletar camp) selling it. I think it was only 80¢ back then. That and a cup of Teh Susu would do me for breakfast. And yeah, it will definitely give you a kick-start in the morning! :)

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Post by zzm9980 » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 9:13 am

Looks good. Any suggestions for it in the AMK/YCK area?

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Post by the lynx » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 9:20 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Years ago, that was my staple in the mornings, but I used to live in an ulu part of Singapore and there was a malay gentleman who used to ride his bicycle through the area (seletar camp) selling it. I think it was only 80¢ back then. That and a cup of Teh Susu would do me for breakfast. And yeah, it will definitely give you a kick-start in the morning! :)
That's the one I'm looking for. The good old Malay style! To be honest, I find the version by Straits Chinese off-putting (no offence).

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Post by v4jr4 » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 9:39 am

Too bad. I only know a stall that sells a good pandan nasi lemak (at Tanjong Pagar hawker). If it's still available during lunch time, then you're lucky :P
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Post by the lynx » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:17 am

Found a list of potentially good nasi lemak (not sure if it is the authentic Malay style or not)

Part 1:
http://www.soshiok.com/critic/article/16650

Part 2:
http://www.soshiok.com/critic/article/16651

About that, HOW COME MOST OF THEM ARE IN HOUGANG/SERANGOON/CHANGI?!?!

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Post by sweetgazebo » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 1:15 pm

the lynx wrote:....... The good old Malay style! To be honest, I find the version by Straits Chinese off-putting (no offence).

Couldn't agree more! Even the so called famous Katong laksa is only so-so to me. The laksa gravy is not lemak-ky enough :(

There's this place around the telok ayer street - a local who sells everything from nasi padang to kueh koci (and various other kueh) to sup kambing. She sells nasi lemak (wrapped in banana leaf) every morning. Not too bad I would say. The wrapping has coconut rice (smells heavenly when it's bought first thing in the morning and it's unwrapped to release that coconut smell from the steaming hot rice), ikan bilis, (pedas) sambal, a boiled egg, freshly cut cucumbers (not the stale yellow ones sold by the straits chinese) and crunchy peanuts (something I find absent in the ones sold by the straits chinese).

If telok ayer is too far for you, there's always old town white coffee ala kopitiam style, who sells not too bad a plate of nasi lemak (though not wrapped in banana leaf)

i am still on the hunt from time to time at my work places for a good packet of nasi lemak.

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Post by x9200 » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 2:14 pm

the lynx wrote:Found a list of potentially good nasi lemak (not sure if it is the authentic Malay style or not)

Part 1:
http://www.soshiok.com/critic/article/16650

Part 2:
http://www.soshiok.com/critic/article/16651

About that, HOW COME MOST OF THEM ARE IN HOUGANG/SERANGOON/CHANGI?!?!
How does the one you don't like look like?

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Post by the lynx » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 2:37 pm

x9200 wrote:How does the one you don't like look like?
Something like this. This one is from Ananas Cafe (unfortunately, my last resort for my craving in the morning)

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Not sure if it helps you to relate/visualise it but the key differences are:

1. No anchovy and peanuts

2. No cucumber (gasp!)

3. Instead of sambal belacan, they use sweet chilli sauce (probably with blended onions)

4. Rice cooked with starch (corn?) instead of coconut milk

5. Aside from the (fried) egg, the rest of the stuff are not from the original line-up of Malay banana leaf nasi lemak ingredients (fried fish fillet, sausage, fried chicken).

:-|

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Post by x9200 » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 3:13 pm

This is one (claimed to be) from Bkt Btk Ave 3:
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You would need to deviate from your route by ca 3km :)

This one?
http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/ ... lay_place/
(at least the place looks promising and got not bad reviews)

And now all because of you I got hungry.

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Post by BillyB » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 3:20 pm

There is a new nasi lemak place at lau pa sat, just behind Wendy's.

I've heard the rat sambal is most excellent.

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Post by the lynx » Thu, 08 Nov 2012 3:23 pm

x9200 wrote:This is one (claimed to be) from Bkt Btk Ave 3:
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You would need to deviate from your route by ca 3km :)

This one?
http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/ ... lay_place/
(at least the place looks promising and got not bad reviews)

And now all because of you I got hungry.
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Post by JR8 » Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:21 am

the lynx wrote:
x9200 wrote:How does the one you don't like look like?
Something like this. This one is from Ananas Cafe (unfortunately, my last resort for my craving in the morning)

Not sure if it helps you to relate/visualise it but the key differences are:

1. No anchovy and peanuts
2. No cucumber (gasp!)
3. Instead of sambal belacan, they use sweet chilli sauce (probably with blended onions)
4. Rice cooked with starch (corn?) instead of coconut milk
5. Aside from the (fried) egg, the rest of the stuff are not from the original line-up of Malay banana leaf nasi lemak ingredients (fried fish fillet, sausage, fried chicken).
:-|
Oh no, that looks bad. My wife refers to the sausage (as pictured) as a rottweiler's willy and won't go near 'em!
On that note when did a sausage become a part of an ... almost ... national dish like nasi lemak?

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Post by the lynx » Fri, 09 Nov 2012 2:42 pm

JR8 wrote: Oh no, that looks bad. My wife refers to the sausage (as pictured) as a rottweiler's willy and won't go near 'em!
On that note when did a sausage become a part of an ... almost ... national dish like nasi lemak?
They call it 'modernising' a simple traditional dish. I call it 'bastardising' something that's already good.

Actually if you ask me, it is all for the sake of convenience. Which greedy and cheapo establishment is willing to:

1. Boil rice with mixture of pandan leaves and coconut milk?
2. Buy the most perishable ingredient to serve as one of the ingredients? (cucumber)
3. Look for belacan to make sambal with?
4. Hunt for banana leaves?
5. Serve anchovies and peanuts? (actually it shouldn't be hard or expensive - I've seen lots of ban mian sellers with lots of anchovies)
6. And sell it for less than SGD2.50? (that's the price for the Ananas Cafe crap)

So there you go, problems with greedy and cheapo establishments.

And I'm still craving for banana leaf nasi lemak... :(

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