Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Wurl Best Muslim Food (working the abs from inside out): Hajah Maimunah


After a particularly uneventful day doing adminstrative tasks (phone calls, web updates et cete-fucking-ra), me and the boys went and tortured ourselves in the gym. It was a particularly long workout, which made us real hungry, so we decided to 'grab a bite' before going home. Grab a bite we did, at this restaurant on Jalan Pisang, near the Arab quarter, near Arab Street (duh), called Hajah Maimunah Restaurant & Catering. Hajah Maimunah's is one of those Nasi Padang type restaurants, where you order rice per person, then pick the dishes which you will eat to your death. It definitely isn't fine dining, and Hajah Maimunah herself wasn't there (she probably just supervises the cooking), but I'm quite she wouldn't have disapproved our 'whacking' the food the way we did, even if she's the pious woman her title suggests. While we would've liked to have tasted every dish on offer, we settled for beef rendang (probably better at lunch, so you don't get the bottom of the pot hard bits), panggang chicken in sweet gravy (wurl best), goreng chicken, (very) spicy sauteed clams, and a generous helping of sambal (wurl best), and we ate ourselves to death. (I died a second time later, owing to my delicately balanced digestive system - you know what they say - it ain't a good curry unless it burns twice). We're gonna go back there for seconds someday soon, probably just before normal lunchtime. And order some vegetables too. It is a nice area to browse around, the Kampong Glam Conservation area. Just that the buildings and streets are a little tricky to navigate around because they're mostly in the process of being Conserved. So Kandahar and Baghdad Streets do, at this moment, look a little like the places they're named for, I'm sure. There's the magnificent Masjid Sultan to look at and take pictures of, and the lesser looking Masjid Malabar down the road (nice in it's own blue bathroom mozaic tile sort of way). Also probably worth a look at is the Istana Kampong Glam, once home to Singapore's only royal family (ah so desu ne area called Kampong Glam?). Now about to be turned into a museum, apparently. Will visit once the dust settles. In all, not a bad evening. Got exercise, got food, got kulcha!


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