Minang Saiyo

They say old habits are hard to let go, and I think that goes for old haunts as well. I have been coming to this restaurant since I was very young; with my parents at first, and now I bring friends over. Though I'm living in Shah Alam now, I’ll make the trip to this restaurant whenever I can. The reason: simple, delicious nasi padang.

by Edwan S. Photography Edwan Wed, January 27, 2010
Indonesian

Minang Saiyo restaurant in Taman Melawati is somewhat a hidden treasure, as not many people seem to know of it discounting nearby residents, and it's easy to see why. Make no mistake: this place is old. It's been around for about thirty years. So I was surprised when I dropped in recently to see that they've refurbished it. Before, the place was dark, with linoleum floors and yellowed paint on the walls. But now the floor tiles are new, the interior has been repainted, and they have new tables and chairs. it looks birhgter and more welcoming. It has always bee clean, and it still is.

At first glance, it just looks like any other nasi campur restaurant. But do yourself a favour and step inside; order a plate of rice and take your pick from the various dishes available.

I arrived early for lunch, and the place was still relatively empty. The array of dishes were mouth-watering: creamy, spicy Minang curries, deep fried catfish in sambal, bergedil, grilled fish, deep fried tempe, stir-fried greems and vegetables, and what I think is some of the best beef rendang around. Some of the recommended dishes to go for here are the gulai lemak perut with nangka, the sambal terung and of course, the beef rendang. But I decided to be simple this time: rice, beef rendang (RM3/ piece), ikan gelama masin, chicken (RM2/ piece), and a generous dollop of their unique sambal belachan hijau. I mixed the fragrant kuah from the rendang and the sambal belachan with my rice, pinch some of the beef and chicken and took a bite (or a 'suap'). Scrumptious. The rendang gave an intense savoury flavour, and then the sambal hit: fiery and powerful. The combination of the rendang kuah and the sambal was, to me, fantastic. It was deliciously greasy, spicy, creamy and hot. Each mouthful of rice I had was packed with flavours that I think are uniquely Asean. There were hints of galangal, lemongrass, pepper and coconut. The chunky beef rendang was tender and could be pulled apart with just a fork; it wasn’t chewy or tough at all. The sambal belachan is one of my all-time favorites. It uses ONLY chili padi, and the result is a sambal that tastes ‘green’: very hot, with a slight, pleasant and bitter aftertaste and the umami of the belachan.

At half past noon the lauk counter was getting crowded with people bustling to get their share. By quarter past one, most dishes were emptying and the sambal belachan I love so much was all but finished by this time. Take that as a reminder to come here early.

Finished, I went to the counter to pay my bill, and it came out to RM7.80 including a glass of sirap bandung. I also decided to bring home some rendang, and that was another RM6/- As I walked out, it struck me on how I’ve been coming here for as long as I can remember, and it occurred to me that the proprietors have been the same people ever since it opened. I wonder if it will still be around in five or ten-years time?


More Photos To Drool On





They are only open for lunch?

by kons January 31, 2010 5:52PM


You must be logged in to post comments






     
Advertisement

Foodster's Verdict

Minang Saiyo

                   
Taste
                




Address:
Lot 17
Tel: 03 4108 2173

Open:
11am - 4pm

Pros:
Top class home-cooked Minang dishes

Cons:
You need to be early to enjoy it

Price Range:
Rm 12

Parking:
Canlah

Certification:
Halal Certified

Map:


View Where To Eat in a larger map



How-To Cut A Pineapple

How-To Cut A Pineapple

02:33

Cutting a pineapple is so simple. Alex shows you how to do it.


How-To Get Rid Of Oil Stains

How-To Get Rid Of Oil Stains

00:47

Learn the easy way to get rid of oil stains...


How-To Get Rid of Pesky Roaches

How-To Get Rid of Pesky Roaches

00:23

Get rid of pesky roaches naturally.


How-To Make Teh Tarik

How-To Make Teh Tarik

00:35

Learn how to make your teh tarik frothy.


How-To Combat Heatiness

How-To Combat Heatiness

00:44

Learn how to combat post-durian heatiness from Alia.








Latest Comments

Hello Fried Chillies! Thank you for reviewing our burgers. We really appreciate it! For those who are looking for more information — http://facebook.com/mrjuniorburger
By r0lodex on 2014 Jan 30
From the entry 'Mr. Junior Burger'.
I Eat Nasi Lemak details have been updated with more ticket location information and event agenda grin Have a great Nasi Lemak day guys!
By The Foodster on 2013 Nov 03
From the entry 'Bawa Bertenang dan Makan Nasi Lemak'.
Whoa... weekends. I am sure that the queue is very long. Sabar je lah
By The Foodster on 2013 Oct 28
From the entry 'Nasi Lemak Tanglin'.
I always go to Tanglin whenever me and my gang craves for Nasi Lemak on weekends morning, never look back!
By deen.shamshuri on 2013 Oct 28
From the entry 'Nasi Lemak Tanglin'.
Close to event day, check this space as we will be posting parking information, maps and howto. Many people are not aware that TMCC is just beside the Telekom Malaysia's Menara Rebung tower. It's accessible via the Kerinchi LRT Station (Kelana Jaya Line)
By The Foodster on 2013 Oct 27
From the entry 'Bawa Bertenang dan Makan Nasi Lemak'.
We will be posting maps, schedule of events and parking information very soon.
By The Foodster on 2013 Oct 26
From the entry 'Bawa Bertenang dan Makan Nasi Lemak'.
The lontong place is where I've been getting my fix since I could eat solid food. In fact, I wrote about it here: http://www.friedchillies.com/articles/detail/a-love-letter-to-section-14-petaling-jaya :D
By The Charlie on 2013 Jul 28
From the entry 'Top 5 Picks @ PaRam Seksyen 14, Petaling Jaya'.
Thanks for your recommendation. what's good at the German deli?
By Adly on 2013 Apr 24
From the entry 'myBurgerLab'.
i think friedchillies need to post about German Deli Imbiss at Petronas Ampang Jaya, behind of Ampang Puteri Hospital.
By Muhammad Haziq Mohd Hajaraih on 2013 Apr 23
From the entry 'myBurgerLab'.
Looks not bad. Too bad they are in Kepong. Could open a few more branches.
By kons on 2013 Mar 24
From the entry 'Happy City Steamboat'.