As a Southeast Asian staple, there are few things as comforting and versatile as rice. From biryani to economical “point-point” rice and nasi padang, as well as nasi goreng or yangzhou chao fan, I thought I was familiar with them all, until my Gold 905 Makan Kaki, batik fashion designer Oniatta Effendi, told me about two rice dishes I’d never heard of before.
The avid home cook and self-confessed rice-mad “nasi girl” said when she wanted something a little more extraordinary, she indulges in her favourite nasi jenganan and nasi rawon. Nasi what? A casual poll among friends and colleagues confirmed that these Javanese dishes are, indeed, little-known. Feeling slightly vindicated for my ignorance, I hurried over to Bedok Corner for a little rice re-education.
TASTE: Nasi Jenganan is only available on Sundays, Nasi Rawon available daily. SATAY SOLO
Stall 9, Bedok Corner Food Centre (opp. Bedok Army Camp)
1 Bedok Rd, S(469572)
Open: Tues – Sunday 7am – 10pm (Closed Mondays)
Tel: +65 97110116
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We have a new Makan Kaki to introduce to you this week! Please meet hotelier and restaurateur Loh Lik Peng, the man behind the Unlisted Collection brand of hotels and restaurants. No stranger to Singapore’s F&B scene, he’s also currently one of the judges on Mediacorp’s online culinary competition, Eat List Star. His many restaurants offer up all manner of cuisines, but on a personal level, Peng’s all-time favourite food is very local, very delicious, very spicy and very varied. He absolutely loves Nasi Padang above all else and today, he shares with us his regular haunt.
Quite the favourite of many restaurateurs, Peng picks Yanti Authentic Nasi Padang as the place for Nasi Padang (Indonesian-style rice with dishes) for several reasons. Besides being conveniently located along Keong Saik Road, near his Hotel 1929 and restaurants Ember, Burnt Ends and Esquina, Yanti serves up two of his must-have dishes – Sotong Hitam, or the black ink squid and a rare find these days, Paru, or the cow lung. But the array of dishes on offer is simply staggering and you’ll be spoilt for choice. From begedil to ayam goreng to sambal udang, there’s a lot to take in…
Yanti sees a steady stream of customers at lunch and dinner, many of whom are regulars. Why do people keep going back? Everything tastes really good, is well-prepared with quality ingredients (the spices, in particular, are imported from Indonesia for that authentic flavour), and while can cost more than others, is definitely worth a visit!