The Tomas Morato area in Quezon City are teeming of restaurants with varying theme, style and taste. These establishments are serving the hungry crowd for many years now. Non stop building of food structures throughout the years cropped up like mushrooms as this long strip that spans several blocks continues to give diners a smorgasbord of regional and international foods. One of the more popular restaurants here is Nasi Lemak which mainly serves Singaporean and Asian cuisines. Barely three years in operetion, Nasi Lemak is a business venture born out of sheer determination of its owners to bring quality foods to Filipino and foreign food lovers. Just two and a half years in operation they became an instant hub for people who want to taste authentic Singaporean and Asian cuisines. We had a chance to talk to its Singaporean consultant HK Tan who told us about the difficulty in running a business in this country.
“ACTUALLY IT WAS NOT A VERY GOOD LOCATION BUT THANKFULLY IT GAVE US THE CHANCE TO TRAIN OUR PEOPLE BECAUSE THE FOOD IS VERY COMPLICATED AND ITS HARD TO UNDERSTAND… IT TAKES TIME TO TRAIN THE STAFF AND AFTER 2 AND A HALF YEARS, IM SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT THEY LOVE THE FOOD”
Imported cuisine and local cooks initially seems an inappropriate combination. But eventually, their Filipino cooks adapted the Singaporean style of cooking and perfected it even more. Slowly customers steadily pours through their doors and has not stopped eversince. Initially the owners were perplexed because the ingredients they need cannot be locally found so they have to import it from other countries. Since then it has become their standard to import ingredients which comprises 95% of their stocks. To borrow from Mr. Tans words “ our food is of exceptional quality” a bold statement that he says can be backed up by their array of foods that were displayed before us for tasting. Taking up his challenge the Trikada sampled some of their bestsellers. Taking the spoon and fork we indulged ourselves with this glorious treats and never stopped eating…until we finished one dish then another one is served. If your wondering about the name, Nasi Lemak is a dish sold in Malaysia, Singapore, Southern Thailand and Brunei. It is Malaysia’s national dish which is served in almost every restaurant and food stalls in that country. Spicy and hot cuisines are the bestsellers here. Using gata (coconut milk) in many of the dishes. To Mr. Tan one key to their success is the simplification of the originally complicated dishes and the addition of natural ingredients.
“WHAT WE DO HERE IS WE HAVE BASICALLY CUT DOWN THE MENU FROM A VERY COMPLICATED MENU TO A VERY SIMPLE MENU FOR FIRST TIMERS SUCH AS THE NON-SPICY MENU… WE ALSO DO THE MOST ORDERED SPICY MENU… WE ALSO HAVE THE CHEAP MENU… MASARAP AT MALASA KAHIT WALANG VETSIN. WE DON’T USE VETSIN IN OUR FOOD.”
Tour your taste buds in most of Asia’s best cuisines where else but in Nasi Lemak where a wondrous place awaits your pallate.
Kitt: Im not a big fan of gata (coconut milk) based foods but their food makes me consider. The classy ambiance added to my already hyped up appetite. Once seated, just the aroma floating in the air already filled up my stomach. Then actually gorging on the food brings bliss to my soul. A must try restaurant whenever you visit the stretch of Morato.