Co+Op Nasi Lemak – Serene Centre (Closed)

(Co+Op Nasi Lemak had since ceased operations.)

Nasi Lemak is a common fare in Singapore that can be easily found in hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts alike, but the idea of having a cafe that specialises in Nasi Lemak is definitely quite a fresh concept.

Co+Op Nasi Lemak is a place with the idea of serving comfort local food in a cosy environment that is as modern as most other eating establishments, but with a touch of nostalgia. Other than Nasi Lemak, this place sells kaya toast and eggs, a very typical morning breakfast for the average Singaporean. And if you love their kaya or chili so much, you could also buy bottles of kaya and chili home as well.

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(Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing and Otah)

Nasi Lemak is their main item that they are known for. One could choose from coupled sets or mix and match the dishes they want to add to the rice. Apart from the usual coconut rice, you can also opt for brown rice in the Nasi Lemak.

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(Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing and Otah)

I had the chicken wing and fish otah as my sides. The coconut rice here may be missing of the heavy aroma and taste of coconut, but its make for a more acceptable taste where it does not feel overwhelming and hence does not feel jialat after a few spoons. The chicken wing had a light batter that looked pretty much like a tempura batter. It was very fragrant and crispy, with little grease, and was quite different in texture as compared to other stalls which was very appetising. The fish otah here has the signature flavour of otahs, but there seems to be a lack of spice which makes it a bit bland in comparison to those from other stalls, though it does feel healthier somehow. The ikan bilis were crispy and the cucumber was pretty crunchy and juicy. The chili was a bit of a miss though; it was a bit on the salty side instead of being sweet, which distinguishes Nasi Lemak chili from other chili sauces served with other dishes.

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(Kopi)

The Kopi here is pretty decent. Would be better if its less sweet though. For those whom are curious, the coffee here comes from Lam Yeo Coffee Powder situated at Balestier Road which is a well-known coffee powder supplier locally.

There are better and cheaper Nasi Lemak places out there, but if you are looking for one with a similar environment, then Co+Op is seemingly the only one that offers it. Despite so the food sold here seems to be enough to draw me back for a second visit, particularly to try out other dishes for the Nasi Lemak as well as the kaya toast. Till next time!

Co+op Nasi Lemak
Serene Centre
10 Jalan Serene
#01-08
Singapore 258748

Web Page: http://www.jointhecoop.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/coopsingapore?fref=ts

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Food Esteem says:

    I still think coconut rice is the definite choice when having nasi lemak 😛

    1. jiaksimipng says:

      I guess the whole gist about Nasi Lemak is all about the coconut rice, or else it just somewhat becomes economic rice haha

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