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INDO PADANG, THE CATHAY

We have heard the word “Padang” too many times. No, I am not referring to one of our National Day’s Parade venue. I am talking about the Padang that often associated with the food stalls offering Indonesian cuisines.

Indeed, Padang is closely related to Indonesia; it is the captial and largest city of West Sumatra, Indonesia. The cuisines of the Native people there is commonly known as Padang food.

As with most Indonesian cuisines, Padang food is mostly spicy. However, the distinction is the serving method. Padang food is usually cooked only once a day and display for the customers to choose. The customers take and pay for the food they took. Then, the next customers continue to choose from the same array of dishes until no food is left. Think about our favourite buffet without the refill.

So much of the cultural lesson, with due respect, but I am no fan of the spicy Indonesian food. But due to the enthusiasm of my colleagues on INDO PADANG restaurant located in The Cathay Building at Handy Road, I decided to risk burning my tender tongue.

The interior of Indo Padang is simply decorated with wood-colour furnishing, very typical of an Indonesian restaurant. The place is not crowded during weekdays lunch hours but given the popularity of such restaurant, it may be packed over the weekend.

Although I have mentioned much at the beginning paragraphs about how Padang food is served, make no mistakes at Indo Padang as you would not find the food display for you to pick. Instead, to suit our local needs, the food is prepared hot in the kitchen upon order.

We have a few of the Chef’s recommendation such as the Ikan Nila Goreng (also the best seller at the restaurant), Sam Udang Petai, Kangkung Belacan, and Sayur Nangka. As we are aware that the food are in small portion, we add on with Sotong Bakar, Sambal Terong Balado, Tahu Goreng, Tempe Goreng, and Nasi Putih. You could find the description of the food as you scroll further down this review.

The taste of the cuisines at Indo Padang are slightly above average. But all thanks to the half price discount voucher purchased from Groupon, we behave as if we have emerged from a restaurant featured on the Michelin guide. Hey! Who would not be happy over a hefty discount?

By the way, here are the things you may like to note when dining at Indo Padang:-
– A small basket of Emping crackers (which cost S$2.00 per basket) will be served to all table when guests are seated.
– Iced/warmed/hot water are served free of charge.
– All items stated on the menu are subject to 10% service charge and 7% Goods & Services Tax.
– For those staying at the West area, they could visit Indo Padang at Banquet Food Court, Jurong Point shopping mall.

Restaurant Name: INDO PADANG
Address: 2 Handy Road, #B1-19, The Cathay
Website: www.indopadang.com.sg”>www.indopadang.com.sg

 Ikan Nila Goreng at S$13.90 (chef’s recommendation)
Deep fried tilapia with lots of crumbs, served with special sambal kneecap.

Sotong Bakar at S$11.90
Special grilled succulent and juicy squid with in-house special spices.

Sam Udang Petai at S$10.90 (chef’s recommendation)
Succulent prawns fried with Petai (local exotic bean) in sweet and spicy chilli gravy.

Kangkung Belacan at S$6.90 (chef’s recommendation)
Kangkung stir fried with in-house chilli shrimp paste.

Sayur Nangka at S$6.90 (chef’s recommendation)
House special young jackfruit cooked in rich coconut gravy.

Sambal Terong Balado at S$7.50
Stir-fry eggplant with in-house spicy sambal Balado chilli.

Tahu Goreng at S$5.60
Deep fried bean curd served with lots of crumbs.

Tempe Goreng at S$5.60
Deep fried Tempe served with lots of crumbs.

Nasi Putih at S$1.20 per person (free flow)
Steamed fragrant white rice is served free flow

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