Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak Vending Machine , Singapore’s Answer to Nasi Lemak On The Go

          By Wariya I.

          Mostly, we are acquainted with vending machines for a cup of coffee or hot cocoa although we’ve seen Japan with all types of instant noodles machines churning out the addictive msg-loaded fast snack, we’ve even heard of pizza vending machine and even french fries, but purchasing fried meat/fish with spicy paste and rice from a vending machine isn’t exactly common. 

          Singapore’s food court outlet with 4 branches, Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak, made famous for their Nasi Lemak is located at Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre, Causeway Point, Taman Jurong and Novena, are also strong on the delivery game, but it seems they took it one step further. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak teamed up with One Halal Nation Vending and Brandshowcase in order to provide loyal fans or foodies willing to discover their Nasi Lemak by vending machine! In December the company launched Boon Lay Power’s Nasi Lemak vending machines.

          Nasi lemak is known as a Malaysian dish: fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf which is why it earns its name “oily or fatty rice” in Malay, mentioned in a book “The Circumstances of Malay Life“, written by Sir Richard Olof Winstedt in 1909. Although this dish was born in Malaysia, it is also the native dish in neighbouring areas with significant Malay populations such as Brunei, Southern Thailand and of course, Singapore.


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          Now the vending machines are located at  Heartbeat Bedok, International Plaza, Mediacorp Campus and staff access only access at Rolls Royce @ Seletar Aerospace, and the price range is between 5.50-7.90SGD. (125-180฿)


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          The variation of Nasi Lemak is extensive. Luckily, Bangkok Foodies discovered that Boon Lay Power’s Nasi Lemak vending machines don’t serve only one type of Nasi Lemak but seven types to satisfy varying tastes! All you have to do is choose whether you want Nasi Lemak Ayam (chicken Nasi Lemak), the most popular, Nasi Lemak Ikan (fish Nasi Lemak), Nasi Putih with Lemak Siput Sedut (white rice with sea snails cooked in a coconut turmeric gravy), Nasi Putih with Rendang Daging (white rice with beef Rendang), Nasi Putih with Ayam Masak Merah (white rice with chicken cooked in red sauce), Nasi Putih with Sambal Sotong (white rice with cuttlefish chilli paste) or Nasi Putih with Sambal Udang (white rice with prawns chilli paste). 


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          It’s easy to do (check out our video), simply choose a dish from the screen, then your payment type and voila! Your order will shoot down. Once you’ve received your packaged Nasi Lemak, read the heating instruction on the package and pop it in the microwave provided on next to the machine until it’s toasty warm, then next… you know what to do!


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Author: Wariya I.

Author: Wariya I.
Wariya has a strong passion for cocktails, and you may have met her several times but she likes to keep it casual and low-profile. She also likes to enjoy quality tea, especially Japanese green tea.