Having an afternoon off (read lessons cancelled, not ponteng), a few polymates cum university mates and I went out of Boon Lay for lunch. When staying on campus for five days, getting a weekday lunch out of Pulau Boon Lay feels like coming out of jail.
Having tried Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak the last time I was in Adam Road Food Centre, I decided to have a go at her neighbour's.
The nasi lemak (Malay-styled coconut rice) here at No. 1 Adam's Nasi Lemak is really good too. Though they do not use basmati rice, which Selera Rasa uses, the rice here packs a relatively stronger flavour than Selera Rasa. Slightly floral, it was fragrant without being heavy or jerlak. But those who like an intense full-bodied coconut kick will be disappointed here.
The set I had came with a chicken wing, bergedil, otak otak, omelette, fried ikan bilis & peanuts and the counter-sambal cucumber slices. ($4 or $4.50) That's quite a bit of food on the plate and while they generally passed muster, none were particularly outstanding. In fact their neighbour has better chicken wings.
But the star here (besides the rice) for me was the sambal. The chilli paste had some heat and just a tinge of sweetness. When paired with the rice, they were certainly made for each other. Personally, when it comes to nasi lemak, only the rice and sambal matters.
I don't know about you but this lighter-style of nasi lemak made me happy that afternoon. Plus the fact that I was not having lunch at a canteen. A sense of freedom does adds flavour.
No. 1 Adam's Nasi Lemak
#01-01 Adam Road Food Centre
Closes: When everything sells out after the lunch crowd in the early afternoon.
Chew On This: There is a daily special which changes daily. On the day I visited, it was prawns sambal and even though I did not order it, the macik gave me a portion. Closing time has its benefits.