Sheikh Najib Nasi Lemak is one of Little India's best kept secrets for a good value meal. It should be called Supersized Nasi Lemak, cos that's what the portions are like. You get double mounds of soft, warm and lightly fragrant coconut rice with toppings of your choice. Here they give not one but three ikan kuning. We also had omelette and extra crispy fried chicken wings. Some may find the fried batter a little too hard, but crunch-seekers will be delighted. The sweetly spicy sambal is a generous dollop, just right for that quantity of rice. Can you believe all this only costs S$3.50? The otah here (S$0.80) is not too bad either.
The shop is located at Rowell Road, which has some interesting nightlife - gorgeous transvestites you can
It was K.F. Seetoh who brought us here. That was really the highlight for me - meeting the legendary makan guru in person. I'd heard that he is a really nice guy, and is much more mellow in real life compared to his TV persona. And it turned out to be true. His wife, Patricia, is also really sweet. That is her platter of rice in the first shot, by the way.
Seetoh had kindly extended to a group of Makansutra forum regulars some invites to the opening of the European Union Film Festival (thanks, Andrew, for asking me along, and for the supper treat!). We sat in VIP seats behind the Spanish and EU ambassadors, and watched "Broken Embraces" by Pedro Almodóvar.
Supper after a movie is one of the simplest but most enjoyable things in life. Throw in a cup of iced tea or iced milo, and let the conversations flow. I like places that are down to earth and non-pretentious like this. Sheikh Najib's shophouse is a small eatery with a retro feel to it. What you see here is pretty much the entire dining space available.
Here's Seetoh's article on nasi lemak, including this shop. Putri Berendam has blogged about this place too. She even has a video of the food! Oh and it seems they serve some Malay kuehs, nasi padang and noodle dishes in the daytime as well.
SHEIKH NAJIB NASI LEMAK
18 Rowell Road
Tel: +65 6245-7134
Open daily 7am - 3am