In this episode, we headed down to Coconut King Rice Village (translated from Mandarin) at Arc 380 to destroy a 4.5KG Lobster Nasi Lemak Challenge! Coconut King serves up Chinese-style Nasi Lemak with unique additions like Lobsters and Tiger Prawns. Nasi Lemak is a Malaysian and Singaporean dish which involves rice cooked in coconut milk and scented with pandan leaves served with sambal (chilli paste), fried anchovies, fried peanuts and a fried egg. Additional protein is usually added like fried chicken wings or sambal sotong (squid), all plated atop a banana leaf for extra fragrance. Coconut King does things slightly different, being Western-influenced as some of the proteins offered would not be out of place at a Western-style hawker like Chicken and Fish Cutlets.
Initially, we heard about their Ultimate Set platter that is already on their menu, containing 2 Prince Lobsters, 1 King Sotong, 1 Jumbo Chicken Cutlet, 1 Fillet Fish, 3 Otahs, 3 Eggs, Anchovies, Peanuts and 3 servings of Coconut Rice. However, we decided to upsize it even further, adding on 3 King Lobsters, 3 King Prawns and 3 more servings of Coconut Rice, forming a truly massive platter.
The lobsters and prawns were overcooked, but the owner was straightforward and apologetic with us, explaining that his Chef was nervous and missed the timer on the oven. The lobsters came with a few different sauces, the most interesting of which was the Signature Special Cheese, supposedly containing over 20 different ingredients. It made the rather tough lobster meat palatable. The sotong was steamed very well - plump and juicy with just the right amount of chewiness.
Surprisingly, the real stars of the platter would be the Jumbo Chicken Cutlet and Fish Fillet. They were crisp on the outside and exceptionally moist on the inside. The fish was perfectly seasoned and left me wanting for more, while the chicken was huge, true to its name. Of course, the real test of any Nasi Lemak is the sambal. Coconut King’s sambal passed with flying colours. It was on the sweet side with noticeable kick of spiciness without being too strong, perfectly pairing with everything on the plate.
A thoroughly enjoyable challenge which showed as I really took my time to complete it. Coconut King is a newly opened Nasi Lemak store. Their creativity and love of Nasi Lemak shines through as seen by their choice and quality of offerings. Do head over there for excellent Nasi Lemak!
Visit Coconut King Rice Village at:
380 Jln Besar
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