This article was originally published on July 29, 2021, and updated on May 19, 2022. Additional reporting by Amanda Goh.
If there's one hawker dish that we could eat for the rest of our lives, it would have to be nasi lemak. It has everything we need for an indulgent meal—light and fluffy rice, potent sambal that elevates the dish and an assortment of accompaniments such as chicken, ikan bilis, fried fish, cucumber and peanuts. Singapore is home to many nasi lemak stalls located in most hawker centres across the island, but not all of them are created equal. There are just some names that stand out from the pack, so we asked six chefs which places they visit when they're looking to satisfy their nasi lemak fix.
1. Sinar Bahru
Paul Longworth, chef-owner, Rhubarb Le Restaurant
“One of my favourite nasi lemak stalls is Sinar Bahru, located right below my house. This stall has been around for quite some time and is run by a nice family—they have very high standards when it comes to serving their customers and the quality of their food is always consistent. Here, the rice is fluffy and extremely fragrant, and the chicken is flavourful and fried till wonderfully crispy. To me, their chilli is a standout, as it is not too sweet, which is often so.”
Sinar Bahru, 378 Clementi Avenue 5, S(120378), +65 8165 1752