Review: Ponggol Nasi Lemak @ Jalan Besar

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McDonald’s, KFC, 4 Fingers, Subway, Ponggol Nasi Lemak. The common theme amongst these places? They are all fast food places. Wait what?

Yes, you read that right. Ponggol Nasi Lemak has opened its third outlet in a two-storey shophouse along Jalan Besar road, featuring a fast-food style layout! If you have ever been to the other 2 outlets, you would understand how stressful it is to decide on your dishes to go along with your rice, with the super long queue hounding right behind you in the hot and stuffy environment. I feel you. Now, you no longer have to because you are now able to browse through the menus located at the counters and on the walls while queueing! No need to freak out when you’re at the counter!

The Place
Photo 14-3-15 11 58 04 amLocated along Jalan Besar road, just opposite Hoa Nam building, it is quite difficult to miss this place, with its huge and prominent signage! Photo 14-3-15 11 59 47 amPhoto 14-3-15 12 02 18 pm Photo 14-3-15 11 59 58 am  This outlet of Ponggol Nasi Lemak boasts of a fully air-conditioned and contemporary interior, a very comfortable environment for their staff, as well as the customers!

This outlet is headed by the third-generation owner, Edmund and his aunt, Mdm Ang, who have plans for all future Ponggol Nasi Lemak outlets to follow this design! So, YAY!

The Food

This outlet still serves the classic variety of food offered at all Ponggol Nasi Lemak stalls under the All-Time Favorites menu, as well as Premium House Specials, which are unique only to this stall! Some of these premium house specials will be introduced to you in the following segment!

An interesting fact for you guys! Since they are riding on a fast food concept, Edmond also invested in several automated machines in the kitchen to speed up food preparation, such as special automatic fryers for their chicken wings, griller for the otah, and even a machine to ensure evenly-fried eggs. Now you dont have to worry about uncooked chicken! However, to ensure the quality of the food, vegetable dishes are still prepared by the cooks to ensure fresh greens; also, Edmond personally prepares the secret-recipe sambal chili everyday, and oversees the cooking of the nasi lemak! So, there won’t be any discrepancies in the quality of ingredients across all their outlets!
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Premium House Specials
1. Home-Brewed Hibiscus Iced Tea
Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThis drink is brewed daily using dried hibiscus flowers. It not only tastes amazingly refreshing, with a tinge of acidity, it is also high in anti-oxidants and helps in digestion and blood circulation. The perfect drink to go with your nasi lemak meal!

2. Crispy Chicken Skin with Curry Leaves ($1.50 per serving/ $4.70 per tub)
Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThis is probably the most highly raved dish of the day and on instagram. People even risk their lives for a tub of this. It is so amazingly addictive, I couldn’t stop popping this into my mouth throughout the meal! To make this sound healthier, fat is removed from under the skin before it’s ummm.. triple-fried, because we need them to stay crisp for a longer time. This dish is a good mix of sweet, spicy and savory, because it is tossed with kicap manis (Indonesian Sweet sauce), black pepper and curry leaves. A must order!

3. Grilled Japanese Squid with Special Sauce ($7.50)
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This squid is air-flown from Japan and gently grilled before it is served. I loved the texture especially, and remember to eat together with the sauce provided with it! A match made in heaven!

4. Crispy Battered Whole Prawn ($3.80 for 2 pieces) & Crispy Battered Fish Fillet ($3.89 for 2 pieces)
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I wasn’t really a fan of the battered prawn because I didn’t like the shell within the batter, which made it weird to chew on. However, the battered fish was crisp to perfection, and quite soft on the inside. The house-made minty aioli sauce that accompanied the dish was SHIOK. Remember to dip your battered prawns and fishes into it!

5. Signature Ngoh Hiang ($1.50 per piece)
Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThis was one of my favorite dishes of all! Of course, this tasted so divine because it’s made using Ang’s family recipe! I loved how the juices popped in my mouth when I bit the beancurd skin open. YUMYUM!

The other house specials that are not mentioned here include the Premium Baby Shrimp Cracker ($1.60 for 2 pieces) and the Signature Seafood Dumpling ($1.60 per 2 pieces). I am pretty sure these tasted amazing too!

Other than their Premium House Special dishes to go along with your Nasi Lemak, this outlet also serves their very own Homemade Ice Cream and Sorbet at just a very affordable $2.50 per cup!Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset The sorbets include: Raspberry Mango, Pink Guava, Kyoho Grape, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange and my favorite Lemongrass Lime. What a refreshing choice of dessert after a meal. Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset4 ice cream flavors are also available here: Milo, horlicks, peanut butter milk and green tea. We all FOUGHT to finish the peanut butter milk ice cream, cause it’s soooo creamy and good!

Closing Remarks

I loved this Ponggol Nasi Lemak outlet because of the comfortable environment to dine in! Besides, I no longer have to feel so stressed out when I am queuing up for my orders now, because I can decide beforehand with the huge menus put up on the walls! Not forgetting the extensive variety too!

What’s more, good news for all office workers in the area because this outlet, unlike the other 2 is opened from 12pm till 11pm! Now, we don’t have to wait till 5.30pm to get our Ponggol Nasi Lemak fix!

Hungry for some nasi lemak yet?
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How to get there?

371 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208998

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday (Closed on THURSDAYS): 12pm – 11pm!


Instagram:  @ponggolnasilemak

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