What was initially a hunt for a quick meal after my medical appointment at Raffles Hospital turned out to be a rather fruitful discovery. I was without my camera then, but I made a promise to myself that I would make a return trip; And I did with my colleague in tow.
Sabar Menanti is my now favourite haunt for Nasi Padang. And yes, I’ve tried River Valley Nasi Padang and the one at the corner of Kandahar Street.
Call me bias (or insert any other noun) but the one dish that will always make an appearance at my table is Beef Rendang and that is how I judge the stall. Yes, you may argue that it’s not being fair and all, but it’s in my opinion, with the myriad of dishes that each Nasi Padang stall serves, there should be one single dish that is used as a benchmark.
In case you were wondering what Sabar Menanti means, it roughly means, to “wait patiently”. I’ve verified this with another Malay colleague of mine. Ironic, since everything is pre-cooked and laid out in metal trays and you get your meal served to you within 3 minutes. Of course, this name has stuck with the restaurant for ages, and who knows, perhaps the Sabar Menanti of yester-year, really required a long wait!