Toa Payoh stall has been selling S$1 nasi lemak with rice, egg & fish for 34 years

The stall keeps its food cheap for the elderly residents in the community.

Joshua Lee | February 27, 2021, 04:49 PM

Kedai Makan Muhajirin has been dishing out S$1 nasi lemak for 34 years.

The store at Block 20 Toa Payoh Lorong 7 offers S$1 nasi lemak that consists of a serving of coconut rice, a slice of omelette, a cucumber slice, one fried selar kuning fish or ikan bilis, and a dollop of sambal chilli.

If you want both fish and ikan bilis, it will cost only S$1.50.

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You also have the option of adding a chicken wing or bergedil (potato fritter).

This customer spent S$2.20 for nasi lemak with a chicken wing:

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Run by makcik, nearly closed in 2018

The food stall Kedai Makan Muhajirin is run by Zaliah Ishak.

She almost closed her stall down in December 2018.

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But many customers contacted her, asking questions like, "Where are you auntie? I want to eat your S$1 nasi lemak," as well as "How are we going to find S$1 nasi lemak?"

The stall owner added:

"My husband also encouraged me to continue. He said it's better if we work. If we work every day, our health will not deteriorate."

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Not only did the stall carry on operating, it remained in the vicinity of the original outlet.

Kedai Makan Muhajirin reopened at Block 20, a stone's throw away, and serves 300 to 500 portions of nasi lemak in half a day.

Queues often stretch outside the coffee shop.

The cheap but good food caters to the elderly residents in the estate.

Zaliah also said previously that money is secondary:

"Money alone cannot make us happy. The satisfaction that we get from running our business comes from being sincere. This is very important to me."

Kedai Makan Muhajirin

Address: Block 20, 20 Lor 7 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310020 (map)

Top images via Chegu Thamrin, Francis Wee/Facebook