This is one of my few lunch venture into Restoran Nasi Padang Minang, which is located in Transfer Road. The place is crowded with customers, with tables for sharing especially for lunch. The array of dishes displayed are extremely inviting, with a selection of fish, meat and fresh vegetables which are all prepared with spices in ways that offer a range of flavors.
The appetizing spread at Restoran Nasi Padang Minang
A family-run business, Restoran Nasi Padang Minang is managed by Alias Rahman along with his wife. They have been serving up delectable Sumatran delights in Penang for decades! Nasi Padang is actually referring to a style of cooking that came from Western Sumatra, Indonesia. The spread generally consist of about 40 dishes!
Fresh vegetables go well with the sambal
Though Padang cooking is characterized by lots of chilies, lemon grass and turmeric, surprisingly, most of the dishes are not very spicy. It emphasizes a great deal on the taste and flavors rather than outright spiciness.
The Dendeng Daging (beef) is prepared dry, eaten with the accompaniment of chili and onion which enhanced the meat. It is well-spiced, with a chewy bite.
The deep fried cincaru sambal (mackerel stuffed with sambal) is encrusted with filling of pounded red chili and deep fried onions which are simply scrumptious!
Another dish which is proven popular over the years is the Paru Goreng (deep-fried beef lung). I love its spongy texture and crispy bite. It can be eaten with rice or as a snack. Highly recommended for the more adventurous!
There are lots to discover in Nasi Padang dishes and the tempeh-based dishes (fermented soybean cake) are definitely interesting.
One such dish is the stir-fried tempeh with French beans. It is enjoyable chewing on the firm texture of this delicacy which has an acquired taste.
A few other dishes are the Curry Ayam and Sayur Lodeh. The Curry Ayam is pretty savory with a mild spicy taste while the Sayur Lodeh (vegetable cooked in coconut milk) stood out with a flavorful coconut laden gravy. The ingredient of the Sayur Lodeh is the daun Kaduk (wild pepper leaf).
There is a wide selection of grilled items as well, including the Ikan Bakar (fish marinated and grilled). The fish is freshly prepared and grilled on the spot, with the aroma wafting through the air.
Restoran Nasi Padang Minang is known in Penang for serving delicious padang food. Located in the quaint corner coffee shop of International Hotel, this eatery is open daily. Parking is limited, and most customers park their vehicle in the side lane of the coffee shop. Click here for Map Location.
The stall is right in front of the shop, facing Transfer Road
Nasi Padang Minang
92 Transfer Road
Business Hour : 11am till 8pm
GPS Coordinates : 5.421384 100.330698