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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ponggol Nasi Lemak @ Jalan Besar

Address: 371 Jalan Besar #01-01 Singapore 208998
Tel: +65 6293 0020
Operating Hours: 12pm to 11pm (Close on Thursday)

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Two Saturdays ago, #LeKhakis and I were at the newest outlet of Ponggol Nasi Lemak for lunch!
It features a fast food concept and it's the only outlet which is fully air-conditioned, the only outlet with premium house specials dishes and the only outlet that serves sorbet!

Now I don't have to worry about getting all sweaty, and messy hair while having my favourite nasi lemak.

Which outlet do you usually visit? For me, its the one at Tanjong Katong (since 2004), as I used to work at Katong, always pop by for dinner.

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Ponggol Nasi Lemak celebrates its 35th year with the opening of its third outlet located in a two-storey conservation shophouse along Jalan Besar Road.

The new look and ambience is the brainchild of third-generation owner, 38 year-old Edmund Ang Chun Siong and his fourth aunt, Mdm Ang Siew Lay (50), who have plans for all future Ponggol Nasi Lemak eateries to follow this updated design that encompasses comfortable surrounds, efficient kitchen operations and a modern food ordering system.

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Currently, loyal customers at the Tanjong Katong and Upper Serangoon outlets point out their favourite items just like how we order Chap Cai Bng. However, at the new outlet, diners may comfortably browse through menus located at the counters and on the walls. Orders are punched into an automated system linked to the kitchen where staff then prepares the customised nasi lemak. This system helps boost speed and efficiency when serving up customers' meals.

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This outlet is also the only Ponggol Nasi Lemak eatery that has four set menu offerings which are popular among the working crowd.

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On the walls are framed pictures of Ponggol Nasi Lemak's all-time favourite dishes...

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… as well as the new Premium House Specialties (exclusively for Jalan Besar's outlet).

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These is a whole table of some of The Premium House Specialities.

Customers at this latest outlet enjoy an added perk of 7 new Premium House Specialties:
  1. Grilled Japanese Squid with Special Sauce S$7.50/piece - Squid air-flown from Japan is gently grilled before it is served with a robust dip of kicap manis (Indonesian sweet sauce), soy sauce, garlic, shallots, lime and chili. And guess what I finish almost the whole squid because it goes so well with the lime chill. 
  2. Signature Ngoh Hiang S$1.50/piece - This deep-fried roll is made using the Ang's family recipe. Minced pork, water chestnuts and chives are seasoned with the house-blended five spice powder before the mixture is snugly wrapped in beancurd skin, and deep-fried. To be frank, I am not a pork person but I thought this is good. 
  3. Crispy Battered Fish Fillet S$3.80/two pieces - The leather jacket fish is bought fresh and filleted in- house. Each is battered and fried to crisp perfection before being served with a house-made minty aioli dip.
  4. Crispy Battered Whole Prawn S$3.80/two pieces - Ponggol Nasi Lemak only uses live prawns for this dish. Each is battered and fried to crisp perfection before being served with a house-made minty aioli dip. The deep fried batter is so shiok! 
  5. Crispy Chicken Skin with Curry Leaves S$1.50/serving or S$4.70/tub - Preparation of this dish is a meticulous and time-consuming process but the result is well-worth the effort. Fat is carefully removed from under the skin before it is triple-fried, ensuring that it stays crisp for a longer time. The skin is then tossed with kicap manis (Indonesian sweet sauce), black pepper, curry leaves and local spices. Try this and you will never regret. We took a while to take pictures before digging in, and it still stay crispy! 
  6. Premium Baby Shrimp Cracker S$1.60/two pieces - Delicate shrimp is 'glued' to thin spring roll skins with a ' sotong (squid) paste before it is deep-fried. (not in picture)
  7. Signature Seafood Dumpling  S$1.60/two pieces - Fish paste, minced chicken and sweetcorn are the main ingredients in this dumpling. Each morsel is deep-fried to a crisp finish and features a soft, pillowy centre. (not in picture)

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Although there are many variety on the menu, the dishes are prepared and cooked by experienced cooks daily. These include vegetable dishes which are stir-fried several times during the business day to ensure a constant supply of crisp and fresh greens.

 photo file_zpsced6d5e3.jpg Grilled Japanese Squid with Special Sauce S$7.50/piece

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Crispy Battered Whole Prawn S$3.80/two pieces
Crispy Battered Fish Fillet S$3.80/two pieces
Crispy Chicken Skin with Curry Leaves S$1.50/serving or S$4.70/tub

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Our massive nasi lemak, we just want to order everything and pile them onto our plates.
➊ Spicy Otah S$1.50 - grilled with automated griller
➋ Crispy Battered Whole Prawn S$3.80/two pieces
➌ Lady's Finger S$1.10
➍ Spicy Shrimp Floss S$1.10
➎ Crispy Chicken Skin with Curry Leaves S$1.50/serving or S$4.70/tub
➏ Crispy Wing S$1.70
➐ Crispy Drumstick S$2.80
➑ Egg S$0.80 - evenly fried by machine!
➒ Coconut Rice S$1.20
➓ Served with cucumber slices and house-made Sambal chili

Edmund personally undertakes the task of preparing the famous secret-recipe sambal (fried chilli paste) and oversees the cooking of the iconic nasi lemak (coconut rice). The eatery uses only the best Thai Horn Mali grain for that perfect texture and the finished product is redolent with the flavour of rich coconut milk and daun pandan (screwpine leaves).

.Edmund said "A large amount of our food budget goes to these high-end condiments as we want to offer only the best."

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Homemade Hibiscus Ice Tea S$1.90

After so much food, we are not forgetting the drinks! Dried hibiscus flowers are carefully selected and brewed daily in-house to make this refreshing drink. This flower is high in anti- oxidants and is attributed to helping with digestion and improving blood circulation.

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Barley with a heart-shaped pandan leave!

Drinks going at S$1 during 12pm to 4pm with every meal ordered!

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Homemade Ice Cream and Sorbet S$2.50/cup

Last but not least, the first time sweet treats are making an appearance at Ponggol Nasi Lemak! YAY!

The homemade sorbet comes in a variety of flavours and is made from fresh fruits with no added colouring or preservatives.

Sorbet selections include Raspberry Mango, Lemongrass Lime, Pink Guava, Kyoho Grape, Passion Fruit and Blood Orange. The 3 delectable house-made ice creams are Milo, Peanut Butter Milk and Green Tea.

Ending the nasi lemak meal with a sweet treat, cheap and good!

Thank you Ponggol Nasi Lemak for having us!

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