Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Dickson Nasi Lemak at Icon Village in Tanjong Pagar

Ayam Goreng Berempah Set

The place got some attention a couple years ago for the long lines at its takeout-only place out in Joo Chiat, which I could never get around to going to. But they finally opened a shop in the city with dine-in seats available, so I stoppped by today to see what all of the fuss was about (12 Gopeng Street #01-89).

Apparently the recipe here is modeled off of a famous shop in Kuala Lumpur called Village Park Restaurant. I have no idea what that is supposed to be like, but the main thing that struck me about the food here was how crispy everything was. Normally that would be a good thing, but this was too crispy for me, especially with the super thick batter on the chicken. And this might sound silly, but I was also annoyed by how much plastic packaging they used. This wasn't just because of the eco waste, but it was also a hassle to scoop out sambal from a separately lidded container as well as dig out grains of rice from the grooves of the box, especially when the beauty of the original dish is how it can all be conveniently wrapped in a lovely banana leaf.

Well, the quality of the ingredients was certainly better than most places, especially as things were made to order here. But for upscale nasi lemak, I'd rather go to Coconut Club, even if it's been a while since I've been there too.

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