From a nasi lemak stall in an industrial area in Tampines comes the latest local classic to receive the lobster makeover.
The food: The signature Lobster Nasi Lemak ($22) features a whole lobster covered in an aromatic fusion of herbs and spices, grilled and topped with a creamy blend of cheese, served with classic nasi lemak comprising fragrant coconut basmati rice, fried egg, crunchy sambal-coated peanuts and ikan bilis, with a robust homemade sambal chilli tumis. If you are familiar with Lawa Bintang from their regular appearances at pop-up events, you will know that they also specializes in a variety of grilled and fried items served with their nasi lemak, like the Sotong Grill ($8), Barramundi ($9), Crayfish ($9), Soft Shell Crab ($9), and even Smoked Duck ($8). Try the Nasi Lemak Sotong Goreng ($7.50) which sees a huge, complete deep-fried battered squid with nasi lemak.
For something under $5, go for the Garoupa Nasi Lemak ($4) or Chicken Wing Nasi Lemak ($3). The former comes with an entire value-for-money, crispy deep-fried garoupa, while the latter, which includes a juicy deep-fried chicken wing, is an example of standard nasi lemak done well. Apart from nasi lemak, Lawa Bintang also offers the traditional Javanese communal rice platter, Nasi Ambeng.
The buzz: As of August 2017, be prepared to wait for up to an hour or two during peak meal hours to get your hands on the first ever Lobster Nasi Lemak in Singapore and maybe even South-east Asia.