Saturday, February 23, 2019

Yes! Nasi Kukus : Steamed Rice Fried Chicken

The owner is from Kelantan, Malaysia and he acquired the skills from Mujur Catering, a famous caterer there before setting up his stall at Jurong East in November 2017 and moving to Woodlands in June 2018. The stall is known for serving Nasi Kukus, it is steamed rice that is done traditionally in individual aluminum cups and cooked in a metal steamer to supposedly achieve a fluffier and softer texture. Nasi Dagang, a mixture of normal and red rice that is cooked in coconut milk is also available. There was a queue when we were there on a Sunday for lunch. They are located in a coffee shop that is a distance from Woodlands MRT. 

Nasi Kukus though not as common but it is not exactly something new. There was a Nasi Lemak Kukus that started in a shop along Upper Thomson Road before moving to Selegie followed by Toa Payoh, it was closed for good in December 2018. 

Nasi Kukus with Signature Fried Chicken ($5) is listed as Set 1 on their menu, it is likely to be the most popular item as most of their customers ordered it so we ordered too. My dining companion said, "Maybe we should order another set with Nasi Dagang but he changed his mind later as almost everyone in the queue wanted it with Nasi Kukus. Nasi Dagang is available at an extra $0.50. I wanted to order set 2, Nasi Kukus with Fried Pomfret Fish ($6) but was told it is not available. I went with set 2, Nasi Kukus with Curry Chicken ($4) and added an extra piece of Fried Chicken ($4). The sets came with half of a boiled egg and a portion of achar. 

The rice was slightly disappointing. My dining companion said, "It did not taste as nice as the one from Nasi Lemak Kukus. It is actually just plain steamed rice that did not taste much different. Maybe, Nasi Dagang might be a better choice after all." We agreed that the Fried Chicken tasted nice. It was fried well to perfect crispiness but still retained its juiciness with the flavors of fennel seeds and turmeric. The level of spiciness of the chilli was rather manageable. The Curry Chicken tasted just fine, the texture of the chicken was noticeably soft.

My dining companion also said, "This coffee shop is so out of the way. I would not actually come all the way here just to eat this." 

Block 573 Woodlands Drive 53 SINGAPORE 732573
Operating Hours: 10.30 am to 9.00 pm (Daily)

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