Love rice? Get your nasi lemak from the newest stall in Makansutra

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COCONUTS HOT SPOT — There’s a a new addition to Makansutra, the street food center in Megamall with 12 stalls offering authentic Singaporean hawker fare.

Coco Kanin offers nasi lemak, a sinfully scrumptious dish that’s perfect for rice-loving Filipinos.

This perennial favorite in Malaysia and Singapore has an interesting mix of colors, flavors and textures. It’s super Instagram-friendly, too.

At the heart of nasi lemak is fluffy rice infused with coconut milk. It  balances the taste of all the hearty components of the meal. Typically, a plate will contain fried chicken, egg, squid, fish, vegetables, egg, crispy fried anchovies, crunchy nuts, and of course, sambal sauce —but really, nasi lemak’s side dishes vary from stall to stall.

nasi lemak

Tip: Before devouring your meal, try tasting the rice on it’s own. You will appreciate the difference.

Coco Kanin offers two options: the Nasi Lemak Basic Set (PHP220) and Nasi Lemak Full Monty (PHP270). As you might’ve guessed, the difference between the two is the number of side dishes included in the meal.

Of course, we prefer the full monty — we want to live life to the fullest, after all. It is perfect with a glass of sugarcane juice.

nasi lemak

The plates in Coco Kanin are very much customizable. If you’re not into spicy food, just ask them to put the sambal sauce on the side (please don’t). You can also order an extra chicken wing (PHP50) or an additional cup of pandan rice (PHP60).

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can just mix and match the side dishes and DIY your own plate.

Really, nasi lemak is something you can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner —oh, but don’t forget, Makansutra is only open during mall hours.

Unit 209 AB, 2/F SM Megamall Building A; Facebook, Daily 10am-10pm

Andrea started as a concept developer and writer for Star Cinema, a film production company in the Philippines. Prior to joining Coconuts Manila, she had brief stints as a kindergarten teacher in Bangkok and Tokyo. She's a millennial mom who loves craft beer, martial arts and parenting.

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