Ambeng Cafe by Ummi Abdullah @ East Village
The only Nasi Ambeng I have had were from Mamanda but the last few months, I have been seeing posts on Facebook raving about it from other establishments but I am particularly interested in Ambeng Cafe by Ummi Abdullah @ East Village.
“Nasi ambeng or Nasi ambang is a fragrant rice dish consists of white rice prepared with chicken curry or chicken cooked in soy sauce, vegetables, fried noodles, some salted fish, fried coconut flesh, and so on. It is a popular Javanese cuisine, especially in every Javanese-Malay communities in Malaysian states of Selangor and Johor, Singapore and also in Java, Indonesia. It is served during the festivities and served in a tray and enjoyed together in a tray by four to five people.” – Wikipedia
Ambeng Cafe by Ummi Abdullah serves 4 sets of traditional Ambeng Platters. They are Ambeng Original Duo Set A (S$24) and Ambeng Original Trio Set B (S$34), Ambeng Classic Duo Set C (S$38) and Ambeng Classic Trio Set D (S$48).
Set A and Set B have 10 items each, including rice. The additional 4 items in Set C and D are Ikan Kering, Sambal Kacang Ikan Bilis, Ikan Bali, Sambal Sotong. Knowing me, I must, of course, have everything! Alvin saw me looking at other items on the menu and said “Let’s wait till the food arrives before you order more. It should be more than enough.” 😉
We wanted to wait for Mark but looking at the queue at the cashier’s, we decided to order first. Food arrived rather quickly, so when Mark came, it was feast for the cameras first, then our belly. 😀
There were supposedly 14 items but I kept counting 13! In the end, I found the missing item or should I say items and make it 15, instead? The missing item(s) was Serunding, the golden shreds sprinkled on top of the Beansprouts and 4-Angled Beans, and Sambal Belachan, next to the eggs. I didn’t think Sambal Belachan was an item. We had requested for 2 more refills of this delicious dip and wondering why they stinge on it. Now I know. It is considered an item part of the dishes and not a dipping sauce.
We were fully satisfied! We were so filled up we couldn’t order any desserts. I had planned on having Ice Chendol as well as Pisang Keju, which I heard is to die for. Oh well, I’ll just have to die another day!
Ambeng Cafe by Ummi Abdullah is managed and owned by Dapur Ummi Abdullah Catering and Management Pte Ltd.
Ambeng Cafe By Ummi Abdullah
Address: 430 Upper Changi Road.
#01-65 East Village.
Opening hours: (Closed on Mondays)
Tuesdays to Thursdays: 11am – 10pm
Fridays: 3pm – 10pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 11am – 10pm
Tel: +65 63840495
Please note that being the *Ramadan (fasting) period, Ambeng Cafe by Ummi Abdullah is only opened for take-aways from 3pm – 5pm daily and dinner is strictly by reservations only!
*Ramadan in 2015 started on Thursday, the 18th of June and will continue for 30 days until Friday, the 17th of July.
Happy eating and bonding 🙂
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