To commemorate Hari Raya Puasa and the start of the last long weekend of this year, I'm going to tell you about one of our favourite Indonesian/Malay eateries. I've reviewed this place before, and love going back, again and again, for delicious, value-for-money Indonesian/Malay Padang cuisine. Because they do not adhere to a fixed selection of dishes, there's always different stuff to sample everytime we visit.
For people new to Singapore, Kampong Glam was, historically, the Malay quarter when city officials started city planning. Kandahar Street, one of the more notable streets in this shophouse conservation area, is THE PLACE for nasi padang, seeing as it's lined with 3 nasi padang restaurants, each with its following of die-hard loyalists. Rumah Makan Minang (also called House of Minang) remains our favourite of the lot. It may not be as refined as Pagi Sore or Tambuah Mas, but it's way cheaper (5 dishes with rice and drinks cost us less than $30!) and has this comforting homestyled appeal to it.
Stickily sweet, with a touch of chilli spice to liven things up, the Sambal Peanut Ikan Bilis makes for a totally addictive sit-in-front-of-the-soapbox snack.
The Sambal Egg was a hard-boiled egg, lightly coated in flour and flash-fried, is then bathed in a mildly spicy chilli-and-oil emulsion.
I love the simplicity of the Sauteed Spinach. Onions were properly sweated for a sweet caramelization to cut through the metallic accent of the greens.
The Sayur Lodeh here is a little weak for my liking, I much prefer Pagi Sore's rich, thick, lemak version.
The Chicken Rendang may not be fall-off-the-bone tender but it had good flavour and a sweat-inducing spice. Thick and rich and aromatic, we always ask for extra lashings of the aromatic paste to smear all over our rice. I think we'd be happy eating the gravy alone with rice.
Rumah Makan Minang
No. 18 and 18A
Tel: 6294 4805, 9027 5310, 9362 6866
Open daily from 7am to 8pm
NB. They cater as well.