Published: Thursday June 26, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday June 26, 2014 MYT 12:33:07 PM

In search of nasi padang

THIS week, we explore Sungai Way’s Minangkabau community and their food stalls.

But before that, I would like to wish all Muslim readers “Selamat Berpuasa” as the nation welcomes the holy month of Ramadan.

Okay, the search for a place to melantak (eat) led me to a stall called Minang Maimbau in Sungai Way, Petaling Jaya.

This little makan place specialises in Minangkabau dishes such as sambal berlado hijau/merah, gulai daging cincang, dendeng sapi berlado and a host of other authentic Minangkabau dishes.

The writer's lunch: gulai daging cincang, telur dadar, terung berlado and sayur goreng.
Gulai daging cincang, telur dadar, terung berlado and sayur goreng.

Now, to the uninitiated, the dishes originated from Sumatera, Indonesia and Sungai Way in particular, has a large settlement of naturalised Indonesians from provinces such as Riau, Siak, Palembang and Acheh.

In general, the dishes from these provinces are categorised as nasi padang.

Moving on, I gave the stall a try by ordering a plate of hot rice and since it’s a self-service eatery, I scooped up the gulai daging cincang, terung berlado, telur dadar and some vegetables.

The stall owner, a youth in his late 20s, charged me RM6.50 for my meal.

I found the gulai daging cincang tasty and tender. And for the rest of the dishes, they were above average.

Price-wise, it can’t get any better because typically, if I eat at a Minangkabau restaurant, it would be more than RM18 per serving.

For an additional RM1.50, I enjoyed a chilled glass of teh-o ais limau (iced lemon tea).

And speaking of quality, I would rate the Minang Maimbau’s dishes a 6 out of 10 on the Samo-scale.

The stall (GPS 03 05.256, E101 37.229) is located opposite the Sungai Way police station and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Central Region, Food Trail


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