One half of us would eat nasi padang any chance he gets, while the other half, would rather a bowl of noodles if faced with the choice (and if it isn’t Rumah Makan Minang that we’re faced with).  So, even whilst hungry because we skipped breakfast in our haste, and having trekked through unfamiliar Chinatown, in the drizzle, pushing the stroller through puddly, narrow lanes with one hand, and trying to keep the six-year-old next to me from slipping or getting lost, we came upon Nur’Ilham June and Family Nasi Padang Stall in Manhattan House (151 Chin Swee road), and I admit I was less than thrilled.  I don’t know, everytime I see a nasi padang stall, I think generic flavours, no punch, lots of blind chilli, under seasoning, and not a whole lot of love or care for detail.  It’s just the token Malay guy in the HDB block.  Yay.

the stall, at first glance

the stall, at first glance

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hidangan

hidangan

O Rumah Makan Minang.  If only you weren’t so far from my flat in Sengkang, I would have lunch with you every week.

I’d like to state for the record that I was the first to really discover this little outfit and one of the people responsible for propelling it into the popularity stratosphere.  This was before the area became this cool place to hang out, with grafitti on the walls, and industrial hipster styled eateries popping up.   Read More →