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Nasi lemak eatery Coconut Club’s co-founder dies at 40

The co-founder of the famed nasi lemak restaurant The Coconut Club has died at the age of 40.

Mr Lee Eng Su, who was not married, died at home last Thursday, a family member told The Sunday Times yesterday (Sept 14), but declined to say what he died of.

The Coconut Club and its sister restaurant Belimbing Superstar, which has been open for only three weeks, closed on Friday and will re-open on Tuesday. Both eateries are in Ann Siang Road.

The Coconut Club opened in 2016 and shot to fame after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hosted Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to a meal there that same year.

It also won a place on the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list last year.

The late Mr Lee had spoken passionately about how nasi lemak is not just a dish but a “cuisine” when he talked to ST in 2017.

After attending a nasi lemak convention in Kuala Lumpur in 2014, the chef was inspired to perfect his own version, made from scratch.

Mr Michel Lu, programme director of a food and beverage (F&B) entrepreneurship course at Singapore Management University (SMU), brought friends from Hong Kong to The Coconut Club two months ago.

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