Heads up, nasi lemak lovers. The Les Amis Group has gotten into the nasi lemak game, putting a Peranakan spin on this heritage dish with a new restaurant called Lemak Boys. And 8days.sg had a preview tasting. The self-service concept, which opens 12 September, Saturday, takes over a third of the space occupied by Peranakan restaurant Indigo Blue Kitchen, which the group also owns. It is helmed by chefs Chong Jun Xiang, 29; Daniel Gan, 30; and Martin Tan, 31, classmates at the Culinary Institute of America’s Singapore campus, where they studied for a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts Management in 2014. They went on to work for various Japanese and European restaurants like Alma by Juan Almador, Yoyogi and Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki, before joining Indigo Blue Kitchen last year. It was at the upscale Peranakan restaurant that they discovered their love for cooking Peranakan heritage fare.

*The story has been tweaked to clarify that Lemak Boys’ nasi lemak is Peranakan-influenced, not Peranakan. 

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