Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
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.
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.
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 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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.