Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak has taken the art of cooking up a simple and unassuming dish like the traditional Malay Nasi Lemak and has transformed it into a crowd-pulling, supper-craving, queue forming hit! The ingredients are always cooked fresh and the sambal chilli is always prepared regualrly in fresh, drool-inducing batches. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak - Where the queue never ends.
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I have never been a fan of long queues (yes, I know that sounds shocking) but Boon Lay Power is one of the few places where I will happily stand in line for my fix of coconut rice and chicken wings. It also helps that the queue moves pretty fast (at least in my experience) thanks to the efficient team of people working in the store.
As a self-confessed chicken wing addict, Boon Lay Power honestly has the juiciest yummiest chicken wings in town. I have tried the Nasi Lemak at Punggol, Changi Village and whatnot, they were not bad but simply not memorable. Maybe it is a matter of acclimatized taste buds, familiarity or just pure love for this place, but I have yet to find another stall in Singapore that can claim this special place in my heart. It also helps that they close late and I stay in the West; it has always been one of my regular supper haunts.
The teh ping from the drink store next door is awesome too, I don't quite know how to describe it but it is a departure from the usual fare found in other coffee shops/hawker centers. No need to be wary of the grumpy old dude manning it, he is actually rather nice; after seeing me for the 252352th time, he actually smiled.
Fun Fact: I have ever ate a full meal there (two chicken wings, one egg, one fishcake) AND still took away four chicken wings. Which I finished that same night. It is either that yummy, or I am just a glutton. Maybe abit of both.
Ever since my friend introduced this stall to me, it has been my favorite nasi lemak stall since. I only really went there to eat in the evening and after midnight, and there is a really long queue everytime. I really like the taste of the food, especially the chicken. When you talk about nasi lemak, the chilli and the rice is really important in my opinion and yes, this stall passed the grade with flying colors, making me feel like going back for more! The sweet, yet spicy taste of the chilli added to the fragrant rice, with the crunchy taste of ikan bilis is just heaven.
I do not really like the service though. As there is a long queue, sometimes the stall tenders may get a bit impolite and try to rush you when you are taking a bit more time (not even 2 mins) with ordering. I really like the food, but I think that the service has room for improvement.
I don't see it
Maybe it's bad timing (I went on a whim with a friend right after dinner) but I thought it was normal.
I believe the value of nasi lemak lies in its ikan bilis and the fragrance of the rice. This place's was pretty average. Their ikan bilis was very normal and the rice is just very filling. It feels like the kind of meal I'll eat and forget, not eat and rave about.
My friend, on the other hand, was non stop trying to sell it to me. I think the value of this dish is largely in sentiment - he used to eat it throughout secondary school and all. And for a newcomer like me with such distinguished tastes (ok fine no I'm just hard to please), it didn't work.
I wouldn't come back again but you should come once, to see for yourself the rave. And I'd recommend chicken wings, ikan bilis, egg and sausage. Every other ingredient, you can bring from your grandma's place.
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The first nasi lemak stall that comes to my mind
This nasi lemak stall will always be the first on my list. It is also the only nasi lemak stall I will ever consider visiting after midnight.
When I was a teacher and was conducting school camps at Jalan Bahtera campsite, my colleagues and I will always visit this stall on our final night. We will time our visit to be around midnight as the stall would then just finish cooking a fresh batch of rice and dishes to cater to the night shift workers of the factories nearby.
Everything is just right. The rice is excellent. I will forgo the chicken for a selection of dishes. Sometimes, you may find rendang even. The decently sized begedil is a must and I will ask for extra sambal. The sambal is just divine.
I'd go there again anytime.
Too much of something is always a bad thing
I have a love hate relationship with nasi lemak — I love it today, hate it tomorrow. What would determine a nasi lemak’s standard in my heart is definitely the chicken wings, rice and ikan bilis. The first bite into the chicken wing won me over immediately. The crisp texture was not sickeningly oily like plenty which are overfried.
The rice was fragrant and well done. The taste and crisp of the ikan bilis befitted the aroma as well. I usually skip the otah as I am not fond of its overpowering taste.
Personally I have no experience with the crowds but have heard from my father that the waiting time gets ridiculously long. Our family has gone through a Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak phase, so much so that I have gotten extremely sick of it now.
Great Malay food! And awesome nasi lemak chilli!
Strangely, I've never tried their nasi lemak before. What always draws me to this stall over and over again is their mixed veg rice selection. So far, I've liked every dish I've tried there, except their beef which was rather chewy. My favourites are the spinach with pumpkin and deep-fried chicken.
Lastly, if you're also ordering from their mixed veg rice selection, be sure to ask for the nasi lemak chilli, not the mixed veg rice chilli. It's hands down the best chilli I've ever tasted in my life. I do not mind just having a bowl of rice with lots and lots of that special chilli. It's really that good!
Perhaps I'll try their nasi lemak some day, when I eventually get bored of their mixed veg rice food, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon!
Singaporeans just like queueing
Whenever I saw a stall with a long queue in front, I would take a second look at the stall. If the stall was selling food that I would normally eat, I would join the queue and give the food a try.
Nasi lemak was one of my favourite food although my wife had advised me many times not to eat too much nasi lemak because of the coconut. My only indulgence was in food so I still continued to eat nasi lemak.
I joined the queue and waited for my turn to order my nasi lemak. After queueing for a while, I realised the queue was not moving very fast, it was surprising because nasi lemak was ready cooked food so it should not take as long as waiting for food that needed to be cooked after you ordered.
By the time I got my nasi lemak, I was quite hungry already but the nasi lemak did not taste as good as I expected. Normally when you are hungry, food would taste better but this was not the case. It could be my expectation was too high after seeing the long queue or I was too frustrated with the slow service and had already lost my appetite.
Good, but could be better
The first time I visited this stall, I expected the long queue to mean excellent food. However, to my disappointment, the reason for the queue was not good food but more of cheap prices and slow service.
However, from the second time onwards, I visited their branch at square 2. Service was still a tad slow but still more efficient, and the food was better too. What I enjoy about the Nasi lemak was its orientation towards Malay cuisine instead of other nasi lemak sellers focus on the standard nasi lemak with frozen/processed food like hot dogs.
The begedil was quite outstanding, along with the tantalising tumeric chicken and chilli cuttlefish, something you would usually find in Nasi Padang ad not nasi lemak. The side dishes complemented the fragrant rice quite well, though they were not among the best I have seen.
This place reminds me of another popular nasi lemak place famous around out little island - Ponggol Nasi Lemak. Same delicacy, pretty much the same prices, familiar crowd, and similar conclusion, overrated.
The food here is slightly above average at best. Although my friends kept on praising Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak, I honestly fail to see what makes it such a delight. From what I read from my fellow reviewers, it seems that standards have dropped. And I agree. Service was horrendous, and to make things worse, my favourite chicken wings ran out when it was my turn to order from the grumpy auntie that manned the stall.
Sorry, this is not my thing.
Would be great if service is faster
I have visited this stall twice and queued for an average of at least 30 mins. But is it really worth the time queuing? I actually believe you can get the same taste elsewhere.
However, one good thing is that there are many kinds of ingredients for you to choose from, ranging from their famous chicken wing, to hotdogs, eggs, luncheon meat and vegetables etc. The chicken wing is really good though, it’s crispy and juicy, which totally melts in my mouth. Their rice is either the first or second reason for the queue I guess. It smells good and if you are trying to diet and eat only half of the rice served, save it.
The portion is just nice, but I find the price a little steep as compared to the outside. And one thing is, the queue system definitely has a lot of room for improvement.