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Monday, March 12, 2012

Nasi Lemak: Singapore Food Republic



 I've recently read several posts about Hainanese Chicken from my fellow food bloggers, so I decided to visit the nearest Singaporean restaurant from the office: Nasi Lemak.

Nasi Lemak specializes in authentic Singaporean dishes and also serves Chinese, Thai, Malay, Indian, Indonesian and Japanese dishes. The restaurant looks classy with images depicting the streets of Singapore  are posted on walls. Nasi Lemak literally means 'fatty rice' in Malay, whereby the rice is cooked in coconut cream. (Thanks to my friend from Malaysia who gave me a little lecture when he learned that I went to this resto).

buzzer beater!

Each table has a buzzer to call the staff's attention if you're ready to order or if you need anything else. It's quite a convenience that I think other restaurants should install buzzers too.


To start the meal, we ordered Hakao or shrimp dumpling (Php 108 for 3 pieces).

Hakao
Hakao has two big pieces of shrimp inside. It tastes almost similar to the ones I've had in Binondo, but I found the price a bit steep.

We ordered another Chinese specialty, Beef Hofan (Php 220)

Beef Hofan
Beef Hofan is flat noodles with beef with scrambled eggs on top. The sweetness was just right, and the beef was tender. A serving is good for two persons.

We also got what I was craving for: Hainanese Chicken (Php 228) which can be ordered in half chicken or large chicken set for one. I ordered the latter.

Hainanese Chicken

What's so special about this chicken?

The chicken is prepared in traditional Hainanese methods which involve the boiling of the entire chicken in a pork and chicken bone stock, reusing the broth over and over and only topping it up with water when needed, in accordance with the Chinese preferences for creating master stocks. (Source: wikipedia)


Hainanese Chicken always looks bland and usually served with ginger in oil, lime flavored chili and soy sauce and flavored rice. Looks can really be deceiving as it really tastes good! The flavors are consistent even on the insides. The mixture of the condiments combines well and the flavored rice makes it really better tasting. Thumbs up! :)

I was intimidated by the ambiance of Nasi Lemak at first, thinking that it's expensive. But I was wrong. The dishes are reasonably priced (except for the dim sum) and the dishes are superb! The service was great too (I think I kinda abused the buzzer, tee hee!)

I'd love to go back soon. :)


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Nasi Lemak: Singapore Food Republic
Level 2, East Lane
Robinson's Galleria
EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue,
Quezon City
Contact No.5718988

42 comments:

  1. Interested to try hofan & the chicken of course!

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  2. I should visit this right away, tomorrow I'll be in Galleria, hehe can't wait!!

    :))

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    1. Wow! Perfect timing pala ang blog post ko.hehe. :)

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  3. wow...i've always loved shrimp dumplings!!!

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  4. A long time ago, they befriended me on Facebook. Ako naman accept agad without even knowing what this place is all about :P Still, I see a lot of pics of their Asian cuisine and it does look appetizing.

    Now with your post, I know what to get there :D Hainanese Chicken Rice :D ! BTW, was it served cold also?

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    1. Hi Ray! I was kinda regretting that I didn't try this earlier. :) The chicken was served hot, as far as I can remember. :)

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  5. sarap nang food dun! not too expensive pa.

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    1. Yep, and I'm going back to try more dishes. :)

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  6. I've seen Nasi Lemak at Galleria but wasn't able to try. The food looks really good though so I'll definitely give this a go next time :)

    www.thepurpledoll.net

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    1. Hi Sumi! Hope you'll try this soon! :)

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  7. Wow! Another Hainanese chicken. And I thought this was really in Singapore. Hehe.

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    1. The ambiance is quite convincing.haha. :)

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  8. hi....can we exchange link....please add my blog to your blog list.....i will add you also....tell me if you add me already.....thanks..

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  9. thanks...you are now in my blog list at stage 2....

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  10. the hakao looks delicious but mejo pricey nga..

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    1. Parang Php 30++ per piece yung hakao tuloy. :(

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  11. I love Hainanese Chicken! ;) Looks good

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  12. Argh. I miss SG food all of a sudden. I love Beef Horfun. :)

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  13. Been hearing bout Hainanese but didn't really gave much attention to it. SM is new here in Olongapo and luckily, there's a Hainanese branch. Now I'm thinking of trying it out ;)

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    1. Hi Gaylee! I hope you'll try Hainanese Chicken soon. Good thing there's a resto near you. :)

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    2. In Singapore, there are many stalls selling Hainanese Chicken but less than 10 are really good.

      Fr A Singaporean who loves Hainanese Chicken.

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    3. In Singapore, there are many stalls selling Hainanese Chicken but less than 10 are really good.

      Fr A Singaporean who loves Hainanese Chicken.

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  14. Here in Baguio, I often go to Hainanese Delights. I love Singaporean cuisine. Nasi Lemak seems to be very promising. =)

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  15. i tried naman sa The Fort branch, i love their char kway teow, decent enough unlike ones i tried like shiok. hehe

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    1. They have a Fort branch pala. :) I've also heard Shiok. Hmm, ma-try nga yung char kway teow next time. :)

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  16. My husband loves chinese and singaporean cuisine. (since my husband's mom and dad is pure chinese). He always ask me to check out these type of resto. I'll bring him to this place next time we eat out

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    1. I hope you'll try this soon. :) I bet your husband will love it. :)

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  17. I love Hainanese Chicken Rice.

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  18. Nasi Lemak serves really good chicken rice. It's even better than some I've had in SG. =)

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    1. Really? Having said that, I want to go back soon. :)

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  19. I love Hainanese chicken and that Beef Hofan looks yummy.

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  20. I wanna try that place ... mukhang interesting ha.

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    1. Yep, you should try this. :) Sarap ng Hainanese Chicken. :D

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  21. Mukhang maganda pag-lunch-outan kung taga-ortigas ka...

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    1. Yep, masarap din siguro kahit dinner. ;)

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  22. The chicken looks juicy. I must give this a try soon. Thanks for sharing!

    Denise
    http://satisfyingjuansappetite.blogspot.com/

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  23. You should also try their laksa! It's VERY good too!!! I think it's the best in the metro!!!!

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