Chong Pang Nasi Lemak Singapore

Chong Pang Nasi Lemak

Cravings are very intriguing, they can make even the most rational person do something against his or her wishes. The dictionary described it as an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire for something.

How far will you go to satisfy your cravings? Sembawang. To be exact, I went all the way up north for Chong Pang Nasi Lemak. Crazy? Yes. Satisfied? Maybe.

“Where’s the best nasi lemak in Singapore?” My friend asked casually. I was caught off guard for a moment. Okay lets see, there are a few nasi lemak stalls that have been mentioned frequently: like the famous Changi Village Nasi Lemak, the two rivaling Adam road Nasi Lemak stalls, Fong Seng Nasi Lemak, or the popular Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak.

I wasn’t prepared to go to the extreme end of Singapore for Changi Village Nasi Lemak, and I wasn’t sure if Adam road Nasi Lemak was opened at night. Many people mentioned that the standard of Fong Seng Nasi Lemak has dropped over the years, while I’ve tried Boon Lay Nasi Lemak before. So you see, it had nothing to do with my cravings when my friend suggested Chong Pang Nasi Lemak in Sembawang – there wasn’t any other alternatives.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is quintessentially a Malay dish, so naturally some people will think it’s impossible for Chinese to prepare good Nasi Lemak. It’s somewhat like asking an Italian to cook French cuisine, or an American trying to prepare Japanese sushi. But over time and time again, many chefs have proved that it’s possible to master a different cuisine.

My friend mentioned that the main reason why she always come back to Chong Pang Nasi Lemak is because of the fragrant and soft, firm and not-sticky rice. The dark red chili looked like any other normal chili, but it was fiery hot with a vengeance.

Remember I have been on the hunt for the best sweet and sour pork? I haven’t found it yet, but I thought that Chong Pang Nasi Lemak’s rendition was pretty good. Coated with the sweet and sour sauce, the pork had a shattering crisp – oh damn, I wish I’ve ordered two portions of the sweet and sour pork.

Is Chong Pang Nasi Lemak the best Nasi Lemak in Singapore? Judging from the long queue for their fried chicken wings, many people seem to think so. But I probably will not go all the way up north just for nasi lemak. Oh cravings, look what you have done!

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I hardly go up North just for food, it’s just more convenient to meet in town, or even to travel to the other end of Singapore for the best food places in the East. So please let me know if there is any good food that I must try in the North.

Hawker Food Review
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak
447 Sembawang Road
Tel: +65 6756 0048
Open: 5pm – 7 am

16 COMMENTS

As mayor on foursquare of chong pang nasi lemak & staying strategically across there, there’s no sembawang park to the address, Brad. ;(

And chong pang’s market famous for their hawker food!! Hehe, and there’s also a rivaling nasi lemak n economical beehoon stall nearby tats a feisty reputation for their fragrant nasi lemak, sweet spicy chilli, fried chix wings, mee Siam,mee rebus! The Hup Lee Fried Bee Hoon just a couple yards away from Chong Pang Nasi Lemak!

U’ve never heard of Punggol Nasi Lemak?!?!?

This is also run by chinese. There’s a long queue perpetually except thursday, their rest day.

I have a sweet tooth so i luuuuurrrvv their curry veg and ikan bilis (mini ones with sugar).

Chong Pang once set up a branch next door and they close shop eventually.

U can read a review of it by kennysia -
http://kennysia.com/archives/2009/01/ponggol-nasi-le.php

I was just there last night having their nasi lemak, wasn’t my first time but i’ve been there a couple of times already. It’s definitely good nasi lemak to me, pretty much the best i’ve tasted so far! good place for late night cravings :D

I still prefer the Nasi Lemak at Adam Rd and Tanjong Pagar. However, I heard that the Nasi Lemak stall at Maxwell Food Center is also very gd. Have yet to try.

You can actually find Chinese nasi lemak with dishes (and as UN-halal as they can get) in Penang as well.

Though personally, I still like the Malay version, especially those wrapped in banana leaves and sold in packets.

Miyabi: OOPS! sorry i made a mistake in the address, already changed it! wow you stayed just across? Lucky you! do you have their nasi lemak everyday? hahah what other good food is a must try in the chong pang hawker center?

vanessa: white bee hoon? so they are like a econmical bee hoon stall kind? thanks for the tip, will remember this when i am in Sembawang area

taufulou: How did yours look like?

Chloe: hahaha i did, just that I haven tried Punggol Nasi Lemak yet. their curry vegetables are sweet?!?

Michelle: Best nasi lemak in Singapore? really? haha which other famous nasi lemak places have you try before?

orange: OKAY! Will make it my mission to try punggol nasi lemak next!

vivian: Which one is the tanjong pagar one? You mean Madam Tan at Maxwell market?

j2kfm: yeah there’s plenty of them, just that sometimes people wonder if Chinese nasi lemak can be as good as the real nasi lemak. Yea the little packets wrapped in banana leaf!

:D Ermm, its only recent years did i know of Chong Pang Nasi Lemak’s existence though been staying nearby for many years. lols

The Chinese Satay Stall at Chong Pang Hawker centre is a must-try! Especially the Pork ones, they’re open from Wed to Mon at night only!

Satay Beehoon stall very famous too, opens at night too, but operating days is quite unpredictable. Me & my friends go home disappointed several times to find them closed.
Their satay beehoon sold-out very fast too!

Right next to it is the FIRED OYSTER OMELETTE!
Yes, its not a typo, they’re really called Fired oyster instead of Fried! LOL, The stallowner has been running it for >20yrs? His eldest son has recently took over the reins.
Also operates at night only.

Chinese Rojak too~ >20yrs~~~, opens all at night! :O

Actually got more food to recommend. :X
I’m already flooding ur commentbox. *sweats*

miyabi: hahahaa really? isn’t it like the most famous food in the area? Open from wed to mon, that means tue is closed? lol fired oyster omelette sounds damn good, I always finish the egg (rather than the oyster though)! haha Okie thanks for all the suggestions, will go back chong pang market food center and try out all the places! : )

Linda: YAY! see you girl! email me when u confirmed the exact dates okay? we pigged-out soon!

All the stalls mentioned here are really meant for those who haven’t tasted the really good ones, or just the very common names. Latiffa Nasi Lemak near Lakeside MRT, 10min walk. Notably its chicken wing and chilli are really good, that even with dropped standard, is still easily one of the best. Those common names either don’t live up to their legend, or cost more just because of their name. Really no big deal. No need variety, just be good at what it’s supposed to be.

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