When I was told that there is this place at Ann Siang Hill that sells the most expensive Nasi Lemak in Singapore, I was curious enough to make my way down to The Coconut Club to find it out myself. Even our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hosted President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines to lunch here during the excellency's recent visit.
Inspired by the Nasi Lemak Convention in Malaysia two years ago, Chef Lee who is culinary trained in New York decided to bring back the same passion of Nasi Lemak and Cendol back to Singapore. After spending 2 years experimenting, he finally found the right type of coconut known as MAWA (A Malaysia West African hybrid) for his recipe.
Nasi Lemak 4.2/5
While the rice of the Nasi Lemak ($12.80) is well infused with the scent coconut, an untrained tongue like mine is not able to tell the difference from the many good ones out there. The other highlight on the plate has to be the Ayam Goreng Beremaph also known as Crispy Spiced Fried Chicken. The tender and juicy chicken leg is given a light coat of crispiness, bursting with the rich aroma of fresh herbs and spices. You can also find other ingredients such as ikan bilis, peanuts, cucumber, fried egg and sambal on the plate of nasi lemak.
Besides the Nasi Lemak, we also tried the Otak-Otak ($8.50). I thought it is rather pricey. My consolation is that it actually tasted quite good, well spiced and comes with chunky pieces of fish meat in it.
Sambal La La 4/5
The Sambal La La ($8) is off the menu. It is the special of the day. I am glad that we ordered it. The spicy sambal complemented the sweetness of the la la excellently. It can be rather spicy for some if you have a low tolerant of it.
While the nasi lemak is good, the star at The Coconut Club has to be their Cendol ($3.80). The balanced of coconut milk, evaporated milk and gula melaka, together with the green chendol jellies has opened my eyes or rather my taste buds what is really a good bowl of cendol.
The Coconut Club
No. 6 Ann Siang Hill
Tel: +65 66352999
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (NE Line), Telok Ayer (DT Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
Tue-Sat: 11am - 3pm
(Closed on Sun and Mon)
1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn left and walk down Cross Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Continue to the end of Amoy Street. Climb the stairs beside Siang Cho Keong Temple, up Ann Siang Hill. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk down Maxwell Road towards Kadayanallur Street (beside URA building). Turn right onto Kadayanallur Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Chinatown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Pagoda Street to South Bridge Road. Cross the road and turn right. Walk down South Bridge Road. Turn left onto Ann Siang Hill. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]