I just realized that I hardly know anything about Malay food. Sure, I am familiar with nasi lemak and there are several dishes at the nasi padang stall which I order regularly, but my knowledge of the history of our local Malay food is barely at the pre-school level. I met some Malay friends recently and had a very interesting conversation with them which sparked a new found interest in Malay cuisine.
Nasi lemak has got to be one of my top ten best breakfast idea of all time! It might seem like a simple dish of coconut rice, chilli, fried egg and ikan bilis, but a mouthful of fragrant rice mixed with the sweet chilli and a few slivers of ikan bilis is as tasty as any Michelin Star meal in my books!
At 50 cents each, you would be hard pressed to find a cheaper, more satisfying shiokness anywhere else. This simple snack of curried potatoes wrapped in a crispy shell and a cup of teh tarik might not make it as a course in a degustation menu, but no Singaporean would deny that it really does hit all the right gastronomic spots!
Have you ever been asked what would your last meal be? I have been asked this many times and I have also come across other people’s responses. I think that the given answer is not really what the questioner is after because most people would pick a dish of nostalgia; like the kueh that grandma used to make or the porridge that mum cooks on a rainy day.
This Stall is Closed A few weeks back I wrote about Anson Town. Right after that was published, my friend Cactuskit was raving about yet another “town” in another part of town. This time, we head up north to the Northern part of Sumatra, to another place with good food which I was planning […]
I have been wanting to blog about Nasi Bawean from the very early days of the blog but somehow I didn’t manage to get around it until recently. The problem is that the stall is so popular that it often sells out by the time I finish seeing my last patient and rush down for […]
Fatman Satay: Iconic Satay since the Satay Club days
I think that there are very few food places that could elicit as many fond memories and nostalgia as the Satay Club at Esplanade. For those of us who can remember eating there, it was the epitomy of the Satay experience in Singapore. And in those days, when you ask around about which Satay stall […]
Nasi Padang River Valley: Less spicy, more sweet, Yummy all round!
This restaurant is closed If you love Nasi Padang, I am sure you would have at least heard of Nasi Padang River Valley. This place is probably one of the most well known places for Nasi Padang in Singapore and it is quite a known fact that one of their regular customers is the Sultan […]
Rumah Makan Minang: Of Padang and Minangkabau Cuisine
We all enjoy Nasi Padang, but how much do we actually know about it? I would be the first to admit that I am guilty of calling any stall that sells rice with Malay style curry dishes Nasi Padang without much thought. But that is not entirely inaccurate as many of the dishes that are […]
Nasi Lemak Kukus: Traditional Steamed Rice and Homemade Burgers!
If you are wondering what the future of Nasi Lemak looks like, then head towards Upper Thomson and you might just catch a glimpse of its evolutionary path in Singapore. I don’t know why it has taken so long for someone to do this, but eating Nasi Lemak in a laid back place with customer’s […]
Istimewa Nasi Padang: Curry is Nice but it’s a Fried Chicken Paradise
My kakis who brought me to this Nasi Padang place couldn’t stop raving about it. They told me that it is among the top three Nasi Padang in Singapore, which is their way of saying that it is really the best in their books but it would be too presumptuous to make such a claim […]
Ayam Merah For those who would like to debate as to whether Hong Kong or Singapore is the real food paradise, I have only two words to say: Nasi Padang. Ok, so you might argue that Nasi Padang is really Indonesian cuisine, but here in Singapore, Nasi Padang just means Malay/Indonesian style dishes that is […]