Nasi Padang which is named after the Indonesian city of “Padang”, consists of steamed rice served with various choice of pre-cooked dishes.
In Singapore, there are usually 2 types of serving in a Nasi Padang restaurant – ‘pesan’ (ordering) and ‘hidang’ (serve) method.
Most stalls here serve the ‘pesan’ way, and customers can find a window displayed with rows of dishes, to point-and-pick your favourites.
Here are 10 places you can find sedap Nasi Padang in Singapore:
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Hjh Maimunah Restaurant @ Jalan Pisang
11 & 15 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199078
Tel: +65 6297 4294
Opening Hours: 7am – 8pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
HJH Maimunah is possibly the only Nasi Padang shop in Singapore that was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
They have a few outlets around Singapore, at Jalan Pisang, Tampines Mall (kopitiam foodcourt), Joo Chiat Road, and City Square Mall.
Established in 1992 by Mdm Mahiran & Mr Didih, their objective is for foodies to have easy access to fresh and tasty Indonesian and Malay cuisine.
If you are craving for some Nasi Padang, top-selling items to include with your rice are Ayam Bakar Sunda aka BBQ Chicken ($4.50), Beef Rendang ($4) and BBQ Selar Fish ($6). I am a fan of its spiced Beef Rendang cooked till tender, fragrant with a touch of sweetness.
Also look out for the Signature Lemak Siput Sedut ($6 – $8), a type of snails (available seasonally) cooked in coconut-based gravy.
For convenience, get the Set Meats such as Sambal Sotong Set ($5.50) includes with sotong, 2 sides and rice; or Beef Set ($7) with beef, 2 sides and rice. If you come in a pair or in a small family, the Classic Ambeng Platter ($24.80) certainly looks sumptuous and tantalising.
Rumah Makan Minang – Bugis
18 & 18A Kandahar Street, Singapore 198884
Tel: +65 6977 7064
Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Founded way back in 1954, this Halal Indonesian restaurant specialises in reasonably-priced Minangkabau cuisine, namely Nasi Padang and Beef Rendang.
When it comes to Nasi Padang, the price can differ much from store to store, but Rumah Makan Minang enjoys a steady crowd because regulars love its delish food at a pricing considered reasonable for its popularity and quality.
Their flagship outlet is located at Kandahar Street near Sultan Mosque, usually with bustling crowd during the weekends with some of the well-loved items sold out early.
Some of the popular dishes include Beef Rendang, Paru Belado (fried marinated cow’s lung served with chilli slices), Ayam Bakar Padang (barbecued marinated chicken), Ayam Goreng Bumbu (fried chicken in spices), Ikan Bakar Berempah (grill mackerel), Sayur Buncis (stir-fried green beans), to Terung Belado (egg plant fried with red chilli marinate).
Most would add a dish of Beef Rendang of succulent beef cooked over slow charcoal fire – I particularly enjoyed this; or Ayam Belado Hijau – tender chicken in signature green chilli marinate.
Sari Ratu Padang Indonesian Restaurant
20 Pahang Street, Singapore 198617
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 7pm (Tues – Fri, Sun), 11:30am – 8pm (Sun), Closed Mon
The word ‘Ratu’ means Queen in Bahasa Indonesian, the expected standard of food from Sari Ratu Padang.
This Indonesian chain restaurant, originally from Padang, is one of many outlets across Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
The minimalistic restaurant looks like where you’ll get good authentic food with no-frills. Some of the dishes they have include udang Petai (spicy prawn with stinky beans), Sop Buntut (oxtail soup), Gulai Kambing (mutton in curry), Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken), Ayam Pop (steamed & fried chicken), Gulai Telor Ikan (fish roe in gravy)and many more.
An estimated breakdown of the menu is a plate of white rice costs $1 and topped with beef rendang ($4), sambal goreng tahu tempe ($1), which is stir-fried bean curd, tempe and long beans. Topped off with teh tarik of $1.50, and the meal came up to below $10.
Many Indonesians praise their dishes for being truly Padang. The restaurant cooks its dishes generously with coconut cream and spices, a sedap combination. However, one thing to note is that reviews here for its food quality and service are pretty mixed.
Warong Nasi Pariaman
738 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198706
Opening Hours: 7:30 am – 3 pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Warong Nasi Pariaman was founded in 1948 before Singapore gained independence from the British.
This fact means that the restaurant is believed to be the longest-running nasi padang stall and even has a mention in the National Library Board’s historical e-archives. If not for the food, visit for the history.
Over here, Ayam Bayar, or barbecue chicken doused in a rich coconut milk gravy, is a must-try. So is the succulent beef rendang, which boasts chunky pieces of meat dripping in dressing.
The prices range from $5 – $15 per person, so expect to pay up to $20 per plate of food.
A little-known fact is that on Friday afternoons, the restaurant wants to give back to the community, so customers can decide the price for what they order. So on Friday noons, there usually is a long queue because of worshippers from the mosque after noon prayers and its generous offer.
Sabar Menanti II
737 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198715
Tel: +65 6291 0109
Opening Hours: 6am – 4:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Well-Loved Malay Restaurant Serving Minangkabau Dishes
This restaurant at North Bridge Road is named “Sabar Menanti” which really means “wait patiently”.
That is because people do need to queue and wait to try some of its authentic Minangkabau dishes which originated from West Sumatra, Indonesia.
The family-run business has been around for more than 50 years, and now managed by the founder’s children.
For breakfast, people head for the comforting items of Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam, Mee Rebus and Lontong with sayor lodeh, tahu and signature sambal tumis.
Also popular are its Nasi Padang which you can add ingredients such as beef rendang, bagedil, ikan bilis kacang and egg omelette; and Nasi Ambeng with fluffy white rice.
Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang
Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre #02-137, 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Mon – Sun)
This humble-looking stall at Geylang Serai Market is one of the most famous Nasi Padang stalls at the market. It was a makeshift stall in the 1960s, operating in the same area.
Keeping to the same authentic good food that made it famous, the stall sells various dishes from rendang meats to vegetables.
It is worth trying their chicken rendang nasi ($12) and Tahu Telur. Their Tahu Telur, a tofu dipped in egg combi, looks and smells enticing.
While their dishes may be slightly higher than average market prices, you won’t be disappointed.
One good thing about eating there you can enjoy other excellent hawker food and eateries at Geylang Serai market.
Another famous stall to check out in the same food centre is Hajjah Mona Nasi Padang.
Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central #02-72 to 75/77/92, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
If you are wondering why this place is named Rendezvous, it’s because the place began as a popular hangout for British troops in the 1940s.
It originally served Western food because of its patrons back then. After the British troops left, the owners decided to introduce Indonesian food instead.
Though I remember it did used to locate at Hotel Rendezvous (childhood times, so someone probably need to refresh my memories).
The beautiful, airy restaurant still retains the hallmark of its colonial days. Except you can now order its korma chicken breast, chicken rendang, sambal brinjal and so on for your Nasi Padang. Prices are displayed on a board at the restaurant, and dishes range from $5 – $10. For example, a bowl of curry chicken (thigh meat) will set you back $9.30.
Note that the restaurant is not a Halal-certified one, although they do not sell alcohol or pork on their menu.
Istimewa Nasi Padang
28 Hoy Fatt Rd, #01-24, Singapore 151028
Opening Hours: 7am – 3pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Istimewa Nasi Padang is a name well-known amongst foodie circles. From taxi drivers to white-collar executives, their authentic cuisine has fans from different backgrounds.
The owners, Mr Kamarolzaman and Mdm Hasni, affectionately known as ‘pakcik’ and ‘makcik’ amongst regulars, now work behind the scenes. Their employees man the stall.
Those who venture to the west to dig into their Nasi Padang, go for their beef rendang. Super lemak and moist, you can soak the gravy with your rice.
There is also chewy beef paru Goreng (fried beef lung) and for vegetables, try the sayur lodeh (vegetable stew in coconut milk). Apparently, their sambal Goreng is a dish that you cannot miss.
For a price comparison, a plate of rice with ladyfingers, brinjal pickels and asam pedas with sting ray is about $9.70.
Many diners, familiar with the friendly faces of the owners, have asked about their food prices and service.
The stall is active on social media, and their responses show that while the owners are still closely involved in the stall, they leave the regular day to day work to the next generation.
Warung M. Nasir
69 Killiney Road, Singapore 239526
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
This bright red restaurant at Killiney Road has an open concept that will entice you to step within and taste its Nasi Padang.
They promise to serve only the freshest food, with aromatic spices and herbs flown from Indonesia to preserve the authenticity of the dishes.
The menu has over 30 dishes. Choose from their fantastic Beef Rendang ($5), Ayam Gulai ($5), Sambal Goreng ($4) and many dishes. They also have kueh made by hand. Each person’s damage is expected to be about $10 – $15.
Some of my usual picks are the fried chicken, fish curry, sayur lodeh, and sambal goreng.
If you like celebrity-owned restaurants, then it might delight you to know that the owner of this stall is M. Nasir, who is well-known in the Malaysian entertainment industry. He wears many hats as a singer-songwriter, producer, film director and more.
Yanti Authentic Nasi Padang
45 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089149
Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Located along Keong Saik Road is Yanti Nasi Padang. A casual looking eatery for anyone who needs a hearty meal at 7am.
They do have a wide variety of dishes to brighten your day. We recommend the opor ayam, which is chicken cooked in coconut cream.
Another item you can try is paru belado, a delicacy with beef lungs. A plate of rice comes up to $16.
While the food seems pricey for what appears to be a relatively informal eatery, its regulars are more than happy to pay. As most of the restaurants around the area charge at this price point, perhaps it is not that far off the mark.
* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Juliet Huang.