Thursday 26 March 2015

Ponggol Nasi Lemak, Jalan Besar

The name Ponggol Nasi Lemak is no stranger to local Singaporeans, where there's constantly queues. Recently, our homegrown brand Ponggol Nasi Lemak celebrates it's 35th year with the opening of it's third outlet located in a two-storey shophouse along Jalan Besar Road.

There may be a few stalls that proclaim themselves as the original Punggol nasi lemak but please note that the original stall spells Ponggol instead of 'Punggol.'

Launched in December 2014, this flagship store features a fast-food style layout, fully air-conditioned and boasts a contemporary interior.

At this new outlet, diners may browse through menus located at the counters and on the walls. One side of the wall caters to the Premium House Specialties menu while the other for All Time Favourites options.

At the latest flagship store, you're able to enjoy an added perk of 7 new premium house specialties, each meticulously created as superb accompaniments.

The updated menu also includes a new home-brewed Hibiscus Iced Tea ($1.90) and a myriad of homemade sorbet and ice cream.

Started off with one of the new premium house specialties, Crispy Chicken Skin w Curry Leaves ($1.50 per serving/ $4.80 per tub). It is time-consuming and meticulous to prepare this dish. Fat is carefully removed from under the skin before it is triple-fried, ensuring that it stays crisp for a longer time. It is then tossed with kicap manis (Indonesian sweet sauce), black pepper, curry leaves and local spices. 

Truth be told, this is so so good!

Here we have Grilled Japanese Squid with Special Sauce ($7.50 per piece). The squid that is air-flown from Japan is grilled before it is served with a robust dip of kicap manis, soy sauce, garlic, shallots, lime and chili. The texture of the squid were soft and chewy, it is best dipped with the given sauce for an extra punch.

In this plate of fried goodness were Crispy Battered Whole Prawn ($3.80 for 2 pcs) & Crispy Battered Fish Fillet ($3.80 for 2 pcs). Ponggol Nasi Lemak only uses live prawns for this dish and the leather jacket fish is also brought fresh and filleted in-house.

Each is then bettered and fried to crisp perfection before being served with a house-made monty aioli dip. I personally would do without the dip.

Signature Ngoh Hiang ($1.50 per pc) as shown in the middle of the pic above. The deep fried roll is made using Ang's family recipe. Minced pork, water chestnuts and chives are seasoned with the house-blended five spice powder. It is flavourful in every bite especially the water chestnut that adds an extra crunch.

The other 2 premium specialties that are not mention - Baby Shrimp Cracker ($1.60 for 2 pcs) and Signature Seafood Dumpling ($1.60 for 2 pcs).

The first time sweets are making an appearance at Ponggol Nasi Lemak. The homemade Ice cream and Sorbet are going at $2.50 per cup

The 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 Lim, Pink Guava, Kyoho Grape, Passion Fruit and Blood Orange.

As for the ice cream selections, flavours available here are Milo, Peanut Butter Milk and Green Tea. There were Horlick as well during my visit.

The flagship contemporary outlet at Jalan Besar aims to attract a new generation of customers with it's fast-food style concept, unique menu specialties, air-conditioned and modern furnishings. This outlet is also the only Ponggol Nasi Lemak eatery that has four set menu offerings which are popular among the working crowd. Singaporeans, be sure to try our home brand here at a whole new level with more varieties.

Ponggol Nasi Lemak
371 Jalan Besar, #01-01
Singapore 208998
Tel: 6293 0020
Opening Hours: Noon-11pm Daily
Closed every Thursday

*This was an invited media tasting.

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