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Ponggol Nasi Lemak opens third outlet at Jalan Besar

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Homegrown brand, Ponggol Nasi Lemak celebrates its 35th year with the opening of its third outlet located in a two-storey conservation shophouse along Jalan Besar Road. This flagship store features a fast-food style layout, is fully air- conditioned and boasts a contemporary interior.

The new look and ambience is the brainchild of third-generation owner, 38 year-old Edmund Ang Chun Siong and his fourth aunt, Mdm Ang Siew Lay (50). The restaurant is dotted with hardy top tables and stylish, comfortable acrylic chairs in red and white. On the walls are framed pictures of Ponggol Nasi Lemak’s all-time favourite dishes juxtaposed with the new Premium House Specialties. Paying homage to the Ang family, founders of Ponggol Nasi Lemak, Edmund has also adorned a wall with nostalgic photographs depicting their hard work over the last four decades.

Ponggol Nasi Lemak at Jalan Besar

Ponggol Nasi Lemak at Jalan Besar

Besides Ponggol Nasi Lemak’s all-time favourite dishes, the new flagship eatery at Jalan Besar also offers seven new premium house specialties and four set menu offerings which are popular among the working crowd.

The updated menu also includes a new home-brewed Hibiscus Iced Tea and a myriad of homemade sorbet and ice cream – the first time sweets are making an appearance at Ponggol Nasi Lemak.

Here are the highlights of the new dishes:
Crispy Chicken Skin with Curry Leaves – $1.50 per serving / $4.70 per tub
Preparation of this dish is a meticulous and time-consuming process but the result is well-worth the effort. Fat is carefully removed from under the skin before it is triple-fried, ensuring that it stays crisp for a longer time. The skin is then tossed with kicap manis (Indonesian sweet sauce), black pepper, curry leaves and local spices.

Sauteed Crispy Chicken Skin with Curry Leave

Sauteed Crispy Chicken Skin with Curry Leave

Grilled Japanese Squid with Special Sauce – $7.50 per piece
Squid air-flown from Japan is gently grilled before it is served with a robust dip of kicap manis (Indonesian sweet sauce), soy sauce, garlic, shallots, lime and chili.

Grilled Japanese Squid with Special Sauce

Grilled Japanese Squid with Special Sauce

Premium Baby Shrimp Cracker – $1.60 for two pieces
Delicate shrimp is ‘glued’ to thin spring roll skins with a sotong (squid) paste before it is deep-fried.

Premium Baby Shrimp Cracker

Premium Baby Shrimp Cracker

Crispy Battered Whole Prawn – $3.80 for two pieces & Crispy Battered Fish Fillet – $3.80 for two pieces
Ponggol Nasi Lemak only uses U live prawns for this dish; and the leather jacket fish is also bought fresh and filleted in-house. Each fillet is battered and fried to crisp perfection before being served with a house-made minty aioli dip.

Crispy Battered Whole Prawn

Crispy Battered Whole Prawn

Signature Ngoh Hiang – $1.50 per piece
This deep-fried roll is made using the Ang’s family recipe. Minced pork, water chestnuts and chives are seasoned with the house-blended five spice powder before the mixture is snugly wrapped in beancurd skin, and deep-fried.

Signature Ngoh Hiang

Signature Ngoh Hiang

Signature Seafood Dumpling – $1.60 for two pieces
Fish paste, minced chicken and sweetcorn are the main ingredients in this dumpling. Each morsel is deep-fried to a crisp finish and features a soft, pillowy centre.

Signature Seafood Dumpling

Signature Seafood Dumpling

Homemade Hibiscus Ice Tea – $1.90
Dried hibiscus flowers are carefully selected and brewed daily in-house to make this refreshing drink. This flower is high in anti- oxidants and is attributed to helping with digestion and improving blood circulation.

Homemade Hibiscus Ice Tea

Homemade Hibiscus Ice Tea

Homemade Ice Cream and Sorbet – $2.50 per cup
The homemade sorbet comes in a variety of flavours and is made from fresh fruits with no added colouring or preservatives. Sorbet selections include Raspberry Mango, Lemongrass Lime, Pink Guava, Kyoho Grape, Passion Fruit and Blood Orange. The three delectable house-made ice creams available here are Milo, Peanut Butter Milk and Green Tea.

Ponggol Nasi Lemak (Jalan Besar)
371 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208998
Tel: 6293 0020 (no reservations)
Opening hours: Noon – 11pm daily, closed every Thursday

Author: Javan Ng
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