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Food Hack: Jollibee Singapore’s Nasi Lemak Chickenjoy

Talia Cortez (@taliacor)

Meya Cortez (@meyarrr),
Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

Nothing beats the C2 at our local Jollibee. The Chickenjoy (plus gravy, of course), rice, and fries combo is a fast food trifecta; and with a PHP 99 price tag, it’s bang-for-your-buck AF. But Jollibee Singapore is taking its own strides to make a Chickenjoy combo suited for the city. And while their newest nasi lemak Chickenjoy might not speak the same way to us as it might to our Southeast Asian neighbors (debatable), we have to say, we’re intrigued.

Ikan bilis, baka maubos!

Jollibee Singapore released their nasi lemak Chickenjoy at the start of October. The meal includes one piece of original or spicy Chickenjoy with sambal, coconut rice, and ikan bilis (dried anchovies). It’s pretty much your standard nasi lemak plate, complete with a side of sliced cucumbers and (half) a hard-boiled egg.

It sounds like a lot—and it is. But broken down, the dish isn’t that complicated. So we decided to hack it. That said, you’re probably not getting an exact replica here. Our food hacks are a science and involves tasting the actual dish. But obviously since we can’t go to Singapore to do that, we’re basing this recipe on the Internet (i.e. photos of the nasi lemak Chickenjoy) and our own memory of the Malay dish.

The coconut rice and ikan bilis are pretty straightforward. So much of the work here goes into the sweet sambal that goes with the chicken. You can always buy the pre-made stuff, but making homemade sambal lets you experiment with the intensity of flavors you get from your sauce.

A bucket of pure joy.

We don’t hack the Chickenjoy in this recipe. (Please stop asking us to do it; there’s too much pressure!) Just do yourself a favor and buy a bucket (and some fries) like we did. That way, if you’re not into this recipe, you can just revert back to good ol’ C2.

Nasi Lemak Chickenjoy Recipe

Difficulty

Easy

Serving Size

2 people

Active Time

20 mins

Total Time

20 mins

Special Tools

  • Food processor

Coconut Rice

  • 1 cup washed rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Sweet Sambal

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch knob ginger
  • 2 red chili
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar or palm sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp water

Ikan Bilis

  • 1/2 cup fried dilis
  • 1/4 cup fried peanuts

Assembly

  • 2 pcs Chickenjoy
  • 2 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1 cucumber, cut into slices

Instructions for Nasi Lemak Chickenjoy

  1. To make the coconut rice, place rice in pot with water and coconut milk. Bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat down to lowest setting and cover pot. Cook rice for about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off let and sit 5 mins.
  4. When rice is done, fluff with a fork.
  5. While rice is cooking, make your sweet sambal by putting all ingredients into a food processor. Blitz until combined.
  6. When combined, cook in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  7. To make the ikan bills, combine the fried dilis and peanuts.
  8. To assemble, place the coconut rice on two plates.
  9. On each plate, add a generous amount of sambal beside the rice.
  10. Scatter the ikan bilis on top of the sambal.
  11. Add one piece Chickenjoy to each plate.
  12. Add one sliced hard-boiled egg to each plate, and finish with sliced cucumber.

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