Nasi Lemak Kukus
Located at Upper Thomson Road, this is probably the best Nasi Lemak I have eaten! Over here, the atmosphere is lively and welcoming. With concrete walls that are scribbled with graffiti by patrons and traditional food in a hipster eatery, Nasi Lemak Kukus is the modern example for future Nasi Lemak stalls!
What’s so special about it? What’s Kukus to start with?
“Kukus” which is a malay word stands for “Steam”. With that in mind, the rice is steamed over a pot of boiling water rather than the typical method of being cooked in water. After the rice is being cooked, coconut milk is then added and the pot is back to the steamer. Only through this painstaking and laborious method will you get such fragrant and tasty Nasi Lemak!
Over here, the basic Chicken Wing set ($4) comes with Rice, Wings, Cucumber, Peanuts and Slice Omelet. On the other hand, you may also select your own dishes and pay up at the cashier. Living in the east and being my first time here, I did the latter and ended up with a plate of Nasi Lemak that cost me $9.50!!! Outrageous or worth it? Let me break it down and justify the cost.
Firstly, the rice cost $1 and is free flow, Chilli which comes in Sweet or Spicy versions are out-of-this-world awesome and the cucumber is free! Secondly, that portion of Mutton Rendang ($3) I had was super tender and had that mild game taste/smell, which to me was essential! Nothing special about the fried egg ($1) while the nuts and ikan bilis ($2) was super crunchy and appetizing. I can imaging having a portion of it just liken a bucket of pop corns for movies! I also added a Homemade Pagadil which was $1. Lastly, the Wings ($1.5) are juicy as it went through the process of steaming followed by the fryer.
There you have it, a $9.50 worth of Nasi Lemak!
Other than Nasi Lemak, they also have their homemade burgers, serve Vietnamese drip coffee and traditional desserts such as Chendol.
What are you waiting for? Try it yourself and let me know you verdict!
908 Upper Thomson Road