Where to get nasi ambeng

Nasi ambeng from Makmur Restaurant (left) and Hajjah Mariam Cafe (below left).
Nasi ambeng from Makmur Restaurant.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN FILE
Nasi ambeng from Makmur Restaurant (left) and Hajjah Mariam Cafe (below left).
Nasi ambeng from Hajjah Mariam Cafe.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN FILE

Ambeng Cafe by Ummi Abdullah

Started by Ms Ummi Abdullah, who owns tingkat delivery service Dapur Ummi Abdullah Catering, this 60-seat eatery sells about 200 platters of nasi ambeng daily. Choose from four types of platters with 10 or 14 dishes. Prices start at $23 for two persons. Stand-out dishes include ayam kalio (chicken in spicy coconut gravy).

Where: 01-65 East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road

Open: Noon to 9pm (Tuesday to Sunday), 3 to 9pm (Friday), closed on Monday

Info: Call 6755-4225. For delivery, call one day in advance. A minimum order of 10 platters is required. A charge of $10 applies and deliveries are made to the eastern part of Singapore

Hajjah Mariam Cafe

This 40-seat nasi padang eatery offers six types of nasi ambeng. Prices start at $8 for a single portion. For those looking for nostalgia, this place serves its nasi ambeng on enamel platters.

Where: B2-08 Westgate mall, 3 Gateway Drive

Open: 10am to 9pm daily

Info: Go to facebook.com/HajjahMariamCafe. Order online at hajjahmariamcafe.com.sg at least two weeks in advance. A delivery charge of $15 to $50 applies

Makmur Restaurant

This 30-year-old eatery started selling nasi ambeng three years ago after customers requested it. Its nasi ambeng has 13 dishes, including beef rendang and sambal goreng. The price is determined by the number of diners, and for each person, it is $10. Unlike most nasi ambeng, where the rice is a dome-shaped mountain, the rice here is shaped into pyramids like nasi tumpeng, an Indonesian cone-shaped yellow rice dish.

Where: 734 North Bridge Road

Open: 8.30am to 8.30pm daily

Info: Call 6348-4358 to order one day in advance. It delivers only platters for four or more people. A minimum order of three platters for four people is required. Delivery charge is $15

Nur Indah Padang Cuisine

This eight-month-old nasi padang restaurant serves five sizes of nasi ambeng, with prices starting at $12.50 for one person. Its platter includes mee goreng and dishes cooked Padang-style: Instead of deep-frying paru (cow lungs), the offal is simmered in sweet soya sauce and spices.

Where: 01-2013, Block 5 Changi Village Road

Open: 8am to 8pm daily

Info: Call 6543-3456. For delivery, a day's notice is needed. It delivers only platters for four people and above. Delivery charge is $8


This casual chic 130-seat restaurant serves nasi ambeng in three sizes. A single serving costs $9.90 and a platter for four costs $50. The platters comprise 13 dishes, including ayam lemak chilli padi and sambal sotong. Groups of six or more can chill out at its Cozy Corner, which has low tables, cushions and floor mats.

Where: 53 Bussorah Street

Open: 11am to 10pm (weekday); 11am to 11pm (weekend)

Info: Call 6291-3921 or go to facebook.com/PadiBussorah. Call to reserve one day in advance. It delivers only platters for four or more people. There is a $10 delivery charge and a minimum order of $55

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 26, 2015, with the headline 'Where to get nasi ambeng'. Print Edition | Subscribe