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March 3, 2018

Sari Ratu, Jakarta…simply too many dishes to choose from!

Immediately after I enter the place, sit down, a lot of dishes were served on my table a minute later.

Classic Padang style, meant putting a bunch of plates or bowls bearing different types of dishes on the table, allowing you to choose what you want. You can choose from beef, lamb, chicken, or sambal-swathed hard-boiled eggs to top your rice; Indonesia’s greatest hits: beef rendang, a spicy (an easy-to-abuse adjective around an Indonesian table), ayam gulag (special chicken in Indonesia curry) and Udang super (lobster) were my favorites. Portions are smallish (not that you can complain about much at this price) because the meat or vegetables are there as an accent, to flavor the rice. If you need something to quench the fire, order one of the Indonesian milk drinks, made with unlikely combinations like milk, grenadine-like syrup and avocado. Or grab a box of Teh Botol, a sweetened dark tea drink.

You don’t have to eat everything they put on the table. You won’t be charged for what you don’t eat. Untouched platters are taken away and served to other guests. Not everybody will think this is a sanitary way to serve food. Your dish may have visited a number of other tables before it lands on yours.

Cholesterol levels be damned. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 28, 2016

Naughty Nuri’s, Singapore…pigs needn’t die for this dish

One of the most anticipated openings this year in Singapore, Naughty Nuri crashed and burned right out of the gate.

Naughty Nuri’s signature ribs were a whole of impressive-looking but dull tasting, not-even-warm and indistinct ribs. For me, pork ribs should have an exterior that’s caramelised and a little firm, giving way to a smoky, tender and moderately moist interior. The indistinguishable ribs served here should have been saved for someone’s pet dog. Pigs needn’t die for this dish. The saving grace is that the subtly spiced beef rending – slowed cooked short ribs in coconut milk – is really delightful.The falling-apart-tender meat and the thick, rich sauce was a heady combination.

Naughty Nuri’s calling card is, after all, the half rack and full rack sticky ribs. I don’t care for that and neither should you. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 20, 2016

Nasi Lemak Tanglin, Kuala Lumpur…Number one? Surely not in my books!

Allow me to use a metaphor.  Nasi Lemak Tanglin is like Manchester United…the team looks good on paper, but it does not deliver during the regular season.  I was disappointed to say the least.

Everyone is talking about it and everyone is recommending it…I was expecting something big. Having been voted Food Wars Asia Nasi Lemak Champion, everyone seem to be raving that its one of the best nasi lemaks in town.

The sambal sotong and beef rendang were a real let down. These are the two basic staple accompanying dishes to nasi lemak, and they can’t get basics right. Definite skip.

So what’s the big fuss behind it? Number one? Surely not in my books! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 10, 2015

Village Park, Petaling Jaya…Muted praise for the nasi lemak

After watching about it on TV, I was determined to try Village Park’s version of the classic dish of coconut rice with a spicy sambal, egg and cucumber that was originally “breakfast” but is now popular throughout the day. It is not a fancy place by all means, but you do not come to this eatery for the décor.

On the whole; the nasi lemak was GOOD. Not extremely outstanding. The coconut rice was pretty good, not overpowered but with a nice hint of coconut. The tender deep-fried chicken thigh had a shatteringly crunchy coating but was lacking flavour. No matter how well you can crisp up a chicken leg, it needs a balanced flavour to make all the difference between good fried chicken and one that’s transcendental. The sweet and creamy, wet and salty beef rending was unfortunately not that great. The beef have obviously been slow cooked and there is absolutely no toughness in the meat. But one of the other key elements in the dish is the gravy and this is where this dish falls flat here. It was definitely not the best Nasi Lemak I have had.

The nasi lemak is good but you do pay a price. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 21, 2011

Rumah Makan Minang, Singapore…my go-to place for reliable and always delicious Indonesian nasi padang

The cooking at Rumah Makan Minang represents the best of original halal Indonesian (sumatran) nasi padang food (rice with a variety of dishes). There’s so many nice things to say about this place, but I’ll will keep it simple.

Sitting outdoors you get to look at the Sultan Mosque. Alternatively, sit upstairs in the air-conditioned dining room. Must taste dishes are sayor lodeh and bergedil (fried potato cutlet). The star dish is the beef rendang -the meat was really tender and the gravy is thick, sweet and spicy. It’s awesome. I just can’t get enough of it. This is my absolute favourite. Last but not least, tahu telor (tofu omelette) was another of my favourite dish, so soft and nice you will just sit there flabbergasted.

Service was quick… no complaints. The prices are also reasonable, although a bit on the high side, although it is worth it to eat such good food.

This is my go-to place for reliable and always delicious Indonesian nasi padang. I’m a fan. I’m definitely a fan. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

August 13, 2010

Md. Salleh Restoran, Johor Baru, Malaysia…best roti prata in Southern Malaysia

Let’s get this straight: Md. Salleh’s Roti Prata (Prata is derived from a North Indian word Paratha which is a pancake type or a flat type of bread) is fluffy, crispy, has a lovely texture and definitely delicious.

What goes nicely with the roti is the tender and flavourful beef rendang. You definitely have to try the beef rendang here. It was just great. The beef was lovely and tender and the great coconut taste was delicious. There was a bit of a bite to the curry and the spice rating was somewhere between mild and medium. It hits the spot.

Simply wonderful, authentic Malaysian food. Check it out when you are in Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru. This is a MUST stop. This is definitely the true truth because I always say it as it is…

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