We'd just returned on the red-eye from Seoul and needed sustenance. It was in the middle of the night, we wanted local fare, and needed a place somewhere centralised so we could grab a quick bite before crashing to get some shuteye.
Mount Faber Nasi Lemak was three-for-three, and although nasi lemak isn't on our list of most-missed foods whenever we travel, there's something about it being supper food that's just so deliciously indulgent.
Previously hawkering its wares at the foot of Mount Faber in Telok Blangah, the stall is now at Chinatown round the corner from Restaurant Ember and Burnt Ends. There's a hodgepodge of accouterments to top up your rice with, apart from the usual fried egg, ikan bilis, and fried fish accompaniments.
Mine was loaded with cabbage curry, a fried chicken wing, fried egg, and luncheon meat ($5). The rice was intoxicatingly fragrant but delicate in flavour. I would have preferred it more flavourful. That said, the grains were fluffy and plump, but not slicked with oil, which was a big plus. The curried vegetables and fried chicken were commendable, the egg and luncheon meat just passed muster, but the sambal was excellent. Punchy, robust and just the right mix of sweet and spicy.
The Hubs' plate was brimming with chicken curry, fried chicken drumstick, egg scramble, and luncheon meat. The chicken curry was decent, and so was the drumstick, but the eggs were overcooked and rubbery. Another thing we noticed, was that the rice and garnishments, were served tepid. We would much favoured it all steaming hot. Ah well, it was in the middle of the night afterall.
Mount Faber Nasi Lemak Fast Food Shop
47 Kreta Ayer Road
Tel: 6323 5601
Open daily from 5pm to 4am