Kampong Glam: Delighting in Culture, Colours and Cuisine (Part 1)

by Ruth on January 25, 2013

in Food, Places to Go

The hubby had been reminiscing about a nasi padang stall that he used to go with his parents when he was younger. A few weeks ago, he decided to hunt down the eatery from his childhood days.

We arrived at Kandahar Street on a lazy Sunday afternoon and soon found the shop Rumah Makan Minang, a famous eatery (wasn’t aware of its status until I was there) situated just next to the Sultan Mosque.

The place was full but we didn’t have to wait long before seats were available (the seats on the ground floor were limited, we only found out that there are more upstairs after our lunch).

Though I would love see what’s available in the shop, I left it all to the hubby to choose the dishes. After all, it’s a walk down memory lane for him, so the experience should be as authentic as it can be, savouring food that he used to enjoy with his parents when he was a boy.

But I soon regretted the decision. Where’s my beef rendang? No nasi padang is complete without it! However, the hubby did order tempeh, one of my favourite Malay food. But I much prefer tempeh cooked as part of sambal goreng.

Of the four dishes, I enjoyed the fragrant sayor lodeh (vegetables in slightly spicy coconut gravy) and cuttlefish in spicy sauce.  The chicken was a tad too dry for my liking, though its coconut gravy was yummy and didn’t feel too oily. In fact, I found that all the dishes were relatively ‘light’.

Besides the food, one thing you should try here is their Teh Tarik. It is very fragrant and has a hint of rose syrup, interesting!

After lunch, we decided to take a walk around the area and that turned out to be a really good decision.

Other than Arab Street, the rest of Kampong Glam is new to me and walking around made me felt like a tourist. Once the land of Malay Royalty in Singapore, the area is architecturally rich and with a mish mash of small shops selling touristy souvenirs, scarves, antiques, clothes, there is so much to see and discover. The place exudes an Arabic, middle-eastern vibe, with shops selling perfumes, carpets and some Turkish eateries and one or two cafes where people can smoke Hookah (also known as shisha or water pipes).

While you’re walking around, admiring the many eye-catching buildings, don’t forget to look up and see some of the interesting lamps as well…

More fun discoveries…

A letter box that comes with a compartment for newspapers

A potted plant with many plastic forks sticking out – are they for decor?

A seat remodeled from an old car

A cute signage that brought a smile to my face

If you’ve not been to this area or it’s been a long time since your last visit, this culturally rich precinct will be a great place for a day trip, even with kids in tow.

Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of this post! We’ll take a look at some fashion finds (great for the coming Lunar New Year), a new restaurant and more!

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Martine | Mom. Wife. Blogging Belle. January 25, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Sigh! I wish I could have gone here. Four days is NOT enough to get around Singapore! Next time, I wanna do a real food trip, Ruth! :)
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Ruth January 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

If you want to eat, four days is definitely not enough! Let me know when you’re coming again and we can plan something together :)
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Judy February 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Nice!!! I also feel like going now!! I will defintely order BEEF RENDANG!!! Where’s the son? He didn’t go???


Ruth February 12, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Nope, he didn’t go that day. Or else, we probably won’t be able to really explore the place ;) But I’ll definitely bring him back for a visit!


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