Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hajah Maimunah Restaurant, Jalan Pisang

An old friend of mine which I hadn't met up with for a while gave me a call one morning and pulled me down to the vicinity of Arab Street for an early lunch. I didn't have any idea where we would be going to until we reached the place (11 & 15 Jalan Pisang, S199078, tel : 62917248) and for a momentary couple of seconds, the place rang chimes of familiarity even though I was quite sure I haven't been there. And no, it wasn't from a strange dream that led to this déjà vu. Lol. It was YouTube and I remembered it from an episode of Anthony Bourdain in A Cook's Tour when he was here back in 03 and was eating nasi padang. And I believe that I sat on the table just next to the one that he did back then.

Even though this had been something that I've eaten since a child in one form or another, I've never really given it much though to its origins until today when I was told that the origins of nasi padang came largely from the people in the city of Padang in Sumatra. But I'm not going to dig into that here.

tauhu telur

I haven't eaten tauhu telur that often. So I'm likening this to be one of the best ones I've had since it wasn't over fried into a shriveled lump and the eggs that covered the bean curd weren't excessively chewy. This was certainly better than the ones served in the Riverside Indonesian Restaurant or Sanur as I can recall.

mutton rendang

Now this was quite good. Tender chunks of mutton in a nutty spicy gravy. I understand that it might not be an apples to apples comparison, but the rendang mutton here is definitely much more worthy of praise than a certain beef rendang which many people claim to be very good. There's no way the latter location matches this one in the tenderness of the meat or for this matter, the rendang. Personal preferences aside, I think this tops the other hands down.

sambal paru

This is something that I'm mentioning for the first time here and it is also something that I've rather enjoyed over the years since I was introduced to it. The paru, or beef lungs are often seen in Malay food stores, fried to death resulting in dry chewy pieces of jerky like meat which can be a trial to eat sometimes. This other rendition (which can also be found in other places) is instead soft and chewy that I very much prefer over the dried and chewy one.


Deep fried potato patties flavored with pepper. Yummy!

I don't know the name of this dish, but it's not an otah. It's some fish with curried paste cooked in banana leaf and there was a tad too much lemongrass in the curry paste than I like. The fish too came with quite a bit of bones which made it tedious to eat.

The rice wasn't quite as fluffy as I thought might have been from appearances, but that's really very forgiveable considering the gravies on the side. Had to exercise some restraint here since there was quite a number of tasty looking dishes amongst many to be had. I spied lemak siput sedut (small sea snails in coconut curry) in one of the troughs so I think that's something I'll be looking forward to the next time I come here.

1 comment:

MamaBoK said...

I do missed the bergedi.. and those otak otak.