Would you pay $36 for nasi lemak?

Hosts of Cheap Cheap VS Atas eat their way across Singapore to find out if expensive equals better.

Would you pay $36 for nasi lemak?
Would you pay $36 for nasi lemak?
04 Dec 2017

Would you pay $36 for nasi lemak?

Singaporeans take their food very seriously. Eating is a national pastime and some will go to great lengths and endure long queues (remember Gong Cha?) just to get a taste of the latest food fad. But when it comes to food, does expensive always equal better?

In new Toggle Original series Cheap Cheap VS Atas, popular YouTubers Jianhao Tan and Amander Liew will eat their way across Singapore, trying different renditions of a dish at different price points to find out if it’s bang for your buck.

In the first episode, they dug into nasi lemak at four locales:

Low: Traditional nasi lemak at Nasi Lemak Berluak - from $2
Medium: Nasi lemak with a side of sous vide truffle egg at Village Nasi Lemak - $8
High: Lobster nasi lemak at Lawa Bintang - $35.50
Quirky: Nasi lemak burger at Antoinette, $20

Watch Cheap Cheap VS Atas to see which ones they picked as their favourites.


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Catch new episodes of Cheap Cheap VS Atas every Thursday on Toggle.​​​​​​​

Like your nasi lemak with a twist? Here are 5 quirky interpretations to try:

Nasi lemak cube
Nasi lemak cube
04 Dec 2017

Nasi lemak cube

Where: Food Anatomy

Food Anatomy’s deconstructed nasi lemak is not only a feast for the palate, but also for the eyes. Layers of coconut rice, omelette, pandan rice, and otah stacked into a cute cube and topped with chilli and fried ikan bilis, this meal-in-a-cube is hearty, flavourful and tastes just like the real deal. Our only wish is that there is an additional layer of fish fillet or chicken cutlet.

Photo: Instagram/@ieatandeat

Nasi lemak dessert
Nasi lemak dessert
04 Dec 2017

Nasi lemak dessert

Where: Non Entrée Desserts

Another Instagrammable “nasi lemak” is this unique dessert from Non Entrée Desserts, though what you see isn’t quite what you get. Comprising of coconut “nasi”, pandan mousse, gula melaka sauce, "Kuning fish" wafer made out of onion tulip, salted peanuts, and a yogurt mango “hard-boiled egg”, the dessert is must-try for those with a sweet tooth.

Photo: Non Entree Desserts

Nasi lemak cupcake
Nasi lemak cupcake
04 Dec 2017

Nasi lemak cupcake

Where: One Cupcake A Day

Even before mod-Sin existed, One Cupcake A Day has been creating cupcakes in local flavours. The bakery is known for its savoury cupcakes in unconventional flavours (think cheeseburger) and one of their best sellers is the nasi lemak, a pandan-flavoured cupcake with spicy sambal filling finished off with coconut frosting and sprinkles of ikan bilis and chopped peanuts. The mix of the sweet, savoury and spicy flavours is like a party in the mouth.

Photo: Instagram/@woo_alan

Nasi lemak tea
Nasi lemak tea
04 Dec 2017

Nasi lemak tea

Where: ETTE Tea Shop & Atelier

We’re usually quite adventurous when it comes to food hybrids but we’d have to admit nasi lemak tea is pretty out there. Don’t expect a liquefied version of the dish. Instead houjicha and genmaicha leaves are blended with coconut flakes, dried chilli and dried pandan to give off the aroma of the dish. Other local-style tea blends include chicken rice, pandan chiffon and ice kacang.

Photo: ETTE Tea Company

Maki lemak
Maki lemak
04 Dec 2017

Maki lemak

Where: Maki-San

Maki-San’s maki lemak has all the components of a nasi lemak: Japanese rice, tempura otah, egg, anchovies, peanuts, and house-made sambal, all rolled up in an egg crepe. The desiccated coconut gives it the familiar nasi lemak taste, while the otah and shiok sambal add a nice spicy kick to the roll.

Photo: Twitter/@xavierlur

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