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Rosie’s Nasi Padang @ Maxwell

Rosie’s Nasi Padang @ Maxwell
Stall No 100, Maxwell Road Food Centre
Tel: 9238 9305 (for catering and other enquiries)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 7.30am-8pm; open on Public Holidays; Closed on Sundays

A new nasi padang stall at Maxwell Food Centre is fast gaining popularity among the working crowd there. Being the only nasi padang stall in the area, and offering a wide variety of dishes at reasonable prices, Rosie’s Nasi Padang @ Maxwell has acquired a loyal following since it opened earlier this month.

Rosie’s Nasi Padang @ Maxwell was set up by Eric and Rosie Gohres. Eric, who is Dutch, and Rosie, a Singaporean, were unsatisfied with the limited and expensive dishes offered by many nasi padang eateries. When a stall at Maxwell Food Centre became available, the couple jumped at the chance to open their own nasi padang stall and roped in Rosie’s parents to manage it. Rosie’s mother Mdm Hajjah Rafiah has over 10 years of experience in cooking Malay food at food centres and factory canteens, and is the head cook of the stall.

One of the draws of Rosie’s Nasi Padang is its wide variety. With over 20 different dishes to choose from, one is spoilt for choice. Looking at the variety of meat, seafood, vegetables and side dishes, I wasn’t sure which I should try first.

I started off with the Ayam Masak Merah (sweet and sour chicken). This dish, with its dark red colour, looked appetising, and the chicken meat was tender. Unfortunately, it was too sour for my liking.

However, I wasn’t disappointed when I tried the most popular item on the menu – Beef Rendang. The beef is really tender and juicy, and is just irresistible when it is enveloped in the thick and spicy coconut gravy. Another dish that you should try is the Chicken Curry. The meat is tender and the flavourful dish is full of different spices and curry. The Sambal Goreng, consisting of tofu and mixed vegetables stewed in coconut-based sauce, is another must-try. It is also rich in flavour and the long beans are really crunchy.

And who can miss the belacan? I was blown away by the first spoonful of this humble chilli dish which was cooked to perfection. Its spiciness immediately made my scalp perspire, while the judicious blend of ingredients gave a balance between the sweet and sour flavours. It also looks appetising with its fresh orangey-red colour. I was told that there was a customer who liked the belacan so much that she bought a tub of it home.

My meal was a pleasant one in spite of the rather dry white rice, as the Sayur Lodeh helped to moisten it a bit. This vegetable dish, which is a mix of crunchy vegetables such as long beans and cabbage, and fried tofu, all in creamy coconut gravy, has just the right amount of saltiness for balance.

You can also find other dishes in their menu which is changed every day for variety. They include fish curry, ayam lemak cili padi (chicken in coconut gravy with chilli pepper), chilli prawns, sotong masak hitam (black ink squid), sambal telur burung (chilli quail eggs), ikan assam pedas (spicy tamarind fish), sambal sotong (chilli squid), sambal kupang (chilli mussels), begedel (potato balls), and more.

A Nasi Padang set with one meat and two vegetables dishes costs only $3.50. Although the food is cheap, quality is not compromised as Rosie believes in using the best ingredients she can get.

If choosing your own dishes seems like a big hassle, Rosie also sells a Nasi Lemak set (above, first picture) with chicken wing, egg and anchovies ($2) and Nasi Ayam Penyet (Indonesian Crispy Chicken Rice, $3). On Fridays, you can appease your craving for Nasi Briyani Dam that comes with beef ($3) or chicken ($3.50).

The best time to go to Rosie’s Nasi Padang@Maxwell is during lunchtime when the food is still hot and a wider variety of dishes is available for you to choose from.

Rosie’s Nasi Padang is cheap and value-for-money, and its beef rendang (and belacan) is worth queuing up for.

Note: This review was extracted from AsiaOne.
Post-Makan Note:

I tried the Nasi Ayam Penyet (Indonesian Crispy Chicken Rice) set on 19 November 2007 and I must say I was very disappointed with the food.

The chicken was served cold and it was not crispy at all. The chicken was pretty tasteless and the chilli, although given very generously, was not spicy at all.  Doesn’t taste like sambal belachan.  The rice tasted very ordinary… perhaps a bit oiler than the usual plain rice.

Although the review said there were 20 different dishes for its Nasi Padang, I counted less than that. And most didn’t look appetizing at all.

Overall, I will still stick to my Nasi Padang Stall at River Valley.

Cendol Geylang Serai

Cendol Geylang Serai Cendol
Cendol Geylang Serai
#01-372 Geylang Serai Temporary Food Centre
Tel: 9485 5845 (Faizal)

Generally I do not like the cendol in Singapore because of the cendol itself.  Too green and you can’t really taste the cendol.  My fav is always the one in Penang which is really shioks (will try to get you the location someday).

Came across this recommendation for cendol on the web and from what I can see, they serve the genuine cendol.  A definitely must try for me.  I let the pics speak for themselves. 😀

Please note that not only is the cendol different from other stalls in Singapore, their Cendol dessert only comes with cendol, and no red beans, chin chow or agar agar in it.

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

Selera Rasa 
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
Stall No. 2 Adam Road Food Centre
Tel: 9843 4509 (Mr Hj Hassan)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10pm
Website: http://www.sbestfood.com/adamrdnasilemakno1

Their slogan is “No. 2 Adam Road is the No. 1 Nasi Lemak”.  Can’t say I disagree with them as they are the best tasting nasi lemak in Adam Road Food Centre. 😀

Choose from a regular set (S$2 for rice, 1 fried egg, ikan bilis and chilli) to Fish/Chicken/Otak set (S$3 for additional fish/chicken/otak to the regular set) to the full house (S$4)/royal flush (S$4.50)/full house (S$5) (check their website for pictures). Add S$0.20 more for take-aways. 

They also do free delivery for 30 packets (check with Mr Hassan to see if he delivers to you or not first) and above or you can call and order in advance before collecting.

I love this stall’s fried chicken wings and the cuttlefish in chilli. 

House of Sundanese

House of Sudanese Ikan Gurame Goreng Taupok Goreng Isi
House of Sundanese
55 Boat Quay
Tel: 6534 3775
#B1-063 Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6334 1012
#02-18 Great World City
Tel: 6887 5535
Level 3, Changi Airport Terminal 2
Tel: 6546 4839
Website: http://www.sundanesefood.com/

This has remained one of my most favourite Indonesian restaurant.  When your order has been taken, you will be given a small basket of emping (slightly bitter crackers made from Buah Melinjo) .  Ask for the restaurant’s sambal belacan (a malay style chilli mixed with belacan) and dip the emping into it.  But be careful, their sambal belacan is spicy!

One dish that I must have when I am there is their Ikan Gurame Goreng (literal translation is fish gurame fried). The gurame fried to perfection and is very crispy and tastes superb with the restaurant’s sambal belacan and warm rice.

Another dish that I love is their taupok goreng isi. What this dish is they take the fried taupok (bean curd skin) and stuff them with scallops, prawns and mushrooms and deep fry the taupok.

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant
#02-58/59 Far East Plaza
Tel: 6836 3352
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily

Many people are familiar with the antics of the Turkish Ice-Cream man from Anatolia Turkish Restaurant. With his pretense to be dropping the ice-cream and hitting the bells, the Turkish Ice-Cream man has gotten nothing but laughs from his patrons. Anatolia Turkish Restaurant, which is located on the second floor of the popular youth hangout in Far East Plaza , has been dishing out popular Turkish delights, like kebabs, for over 10 years now.

Unlike Indian food or local dishes that can get pretty spicy, Turkish food is not very spicy as they use tomato bases for their gravy. Iskender ($8) which is quite a popular dish at Anatolia , consists of slices of shredded beef and pieces of Pide bread, drenched in a tomato based sauce. When served with scoops of yoghurt, this dish can taste too sourish for the majority’s preferences. In addition, the shredded beef was a little tough to chew. Diners have the option of chicken or beef for this dish, though according to the owner, Mr Ur, in Turkey , they only serve beef Iskender.

The Lahmacun ($3), which looks like a fusion between a pizza and naan bread, is a crispy bread which is topped with chicken and some vegetables. It tasted slightly salty so do dip it into the different salad mixtures that is available or squeeze a little lime over it. However, this dish on its own is pretty filling as the portion is quite generous. However, Mr Ur pointed out that in Turkey , one piece is never enough and people can eat five pieces of Lahmacun in one sitting.

For those looking for a full meal, opt for the Mix Kebab Special ($16). Served with butter rice, this dish comes with a mixture of chicken, beef and lamb kebabs. The chicken and lamb kebabs are much tenderer compared to the lamb. The butter rice also brings out the taste of the kebabs and affords it more flavour. The downside was that the Mix Kebabs were dry because of the way it was cooked, so do consider adding on some sauces or salads when eating this.

If you are going to have Turkish food, then you cannot miss the dessert. Your best bet would be the Dmado Ice-Cream but of course, you have got to be patient and let the ice-cream man amuse you with his antics.

Dining area at this restaurant is small, so be prepared to wait and wait.  The portions are also quite big so make sure you check how many the portion serves before ordering.

Note: The above review was extracted from StreetDirectory.

Sakura, International Buffet Restaurant

Sakura Sakura 1st Storey Food Area 2nd Storey Food Area
Sakura
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 2.30pm (lunch) & 6pm to 9.30pm (Dinner), Daily
Website: http://www.sukigroup.com.sg/sakura.htm

They have 8 outlets over in Tampines Safra, Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris (halal), Jurong Town Hall, Clementi Road (halal), Orchard Road (halal), Marine Parade & Jurong West (halal).  Check their website for details (look under the heading “Subsidiary”).

Buffet prices are:-

  • Lunch (Weekdays): S$21.40
  • Dinner (Weekdays): S$25.65
  • Kids (Weekdays): S$11.65
  • Lunch (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$23.55
  • Dinner (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$27.80
  • Kids (Weekdays – Orchard Outlet Only): S$12.75
  • Add additional S$2.15 for weekends, eve and public holidays

For the prices you pay above, you will get up to 100 different varieties of Japanese, Western and Oriental foodfare everyday. To briefly entice you, appetizers include baked oysters, lobster salad, mussels, cold prawns and sashimi. The main entrees encompass an assortment of dim sum, Teppanyaki (including lamb chop, salmon and beef, etc.), tempura and grilled items. A wide selection of mouth-watering sushi will also be prepared for all consummate sushi fans. Last but not least, deserts such as cheesecakes, fruits, ice cream and beverages complete the buffet with a satisfying touch.

Update on 10 March 2008:

After a 2-year hiatus from eating at Sakura, we finally made our way to the one at Clementi Woods on 10 March 2008.  How dining works here is that you pay at the counter on the 3rd level and then you will proceed to either Level 1 or 2  for your seating.  On your table, you will see some small clothes pins which has your table number printed on them.  These you can use to order some of the dishes that require some cooking time, eg. fried vegetables, seafood, satay, otah, squid, tau pok, etc. which will then be served to your table once it is ready, which basically saves you waiting time.  Excellent idea I must say!

First the price almost crushed us.  It used to be S$22 nett but now we have to pay S$24+ (which amounted to S$25.65) per person.

Then we were appalled by the drop in food quality and some of the missing good food such as the paper-pot steamboat with live prawns, frozen strawberry with stuffed yoghurt in it.

I ordered the dou miao with abalone and some bamboo shellfish with black pepper  – both were served cold, although they were prepared on the spot.  Portions are tiny – although this is alright with me as I can go for unlimited rounds.  But because quality is not good, I never went for seconds.

Another of my used-to-be favourite dessert was their durian cream puff.  Used-to-be favourite now because the pastry is hard and you can hardly taste the durian paste.  Thumbs down!

I’ve always skipped the dim sum, pizza and pasta corners because having tried them once, the quality was really bad even way back then.  I think it is unlikely that they have improved.

Skip the deep fried stuff at table no. 7 (refer to 1st storey food area map above).  Deep fried stuff must always be eaten hot – if it’s cold, it really tastes bad.

I also tried the oat prawns at table no. 13 – the prawns are not fresh and because the prawns had been deep fried earlier, the crunchiness was seriously lacking.

Sushi and Sashimi were still good – I had unlimited helpings of salmon & tuna.  You can also try their silverfish sashimi but my friend said it tasted a bit fishy, so I gave that a skip.  They also have other sushi – but I’m a bigger sashimi fan.  Standard here remains the same, although I noticed that there were more varieties of sushi available this time.  You can also have edamame (a green vegetable more commonly known as a soybean – usually boiled and lightly salted).

Another item that I love very much is the laksa (from table no. 5).  The gravy was thick and tasted great! It was served in small bowls but again, since this is a buffet, you can have as many bowls as you want.

You can also have free flow of beverages – soft drinks, green tea, brewed coffee, etc.  Also, do try the ice cream with the various toppings – great fun for the kids.

Unfortunately, I am very unlikely to visit this restaurant again – memories of good and cheap food that I had here are alas just a memory.  Still, for the price we paid and the varieties they serve, if you don’t mind quality but want quantity, you can always drop by this restaurant.  By the way, it’s halal so you can also invite your Muslim friends there.  But please note that not all Sakura restaurants are halal, so do check their website for details.

Nasi Padang River Valley

Nasi Padang River Valley Nasi Padang Dishes
Nasi Padang River Valley
55 Zion Road
Tel: 6734 3383
Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm; closed on public holidays

This is THE place to go for if you want good nasi padang. Sure there are dozens of good nasi padang stall but this is the one I love to go to. 😀

Prices are not cheap at this stall but they do have a huge variety of food where you can choose.  Do try the beef rendang which is really tender.