Toa Payoh coffee shop stall has been selling S$1 nasi lemak for more than 30 years

They keep costs low for elderly residents.

Fasiha Nazren | November 11, 2018 @ 11:53 am


When was the last time you had a S$1 meal in Singapore?

Look no further because one inflation-proof stall in Toa Payoh is still selling its S$1 nasi lemak after more than 30 years.

Toa Payoh coffee shop

Kedai Makan Muhajirin is located in a coffee shop at Toa Payoh Lorong 7.

S$1 nasi lemak

A plate of S$1 nasi lemak consists of a serving of coconut rice, a slice of omelette, one fried selar kuning fish and a dollop of sambal:

photo by Zye Hensem on Facebook

At an additional S$0.50, you get some ikan bilis along with your nasi lemak.

And at S$3, you can get the same meal with an additional fried chicken.

The small stall also offers other low-price Malay dishes like lontong, mee rebus and mee siam at S$2.50 each.

Keeping costs low for elderly customers

In an interview with Berita Harian, stall co-owner Mohd Tahir Omar shared that he has kept the cost low for elderly residents in Toa Payoh.

He said: “The affordable price helps senior citizens to be prudent with their spending.”

In fact, Kedai Makan Muhajirin is also part of Toa Payoh East-Novena ward’s TEN Hot Meals programme where vouchers are provided to selected needy elderly residents to get a warm meal for themselves.

via Eileena Lee on Facebook

500 packets sold per day

Another reason Kedai Makan Muhajirin is able to keep their costs low is due to the voluminous number of customers they have.

Co-owner Zaliah Ishak told Berita Harian that they can sell 300 packets of nasi lemak on a weekday.

On weekends, however, they can sell more than 500 packets per day as customers are willing to queue all the way outside of the coffee shop.

Where to go: 20 Toa Payoh Lorong 7, Singapore 310020
When to go: 4am to 1.30pm, daily. Closed on alternate Mondays.

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Top image by Zye Hensem and Saktiandi Supaat’s Facebook page

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