MinangKapau, Bukit Damansara
September 2, 2020
Inspired by masakan padang that has proved enduring from West Sumatra to Negeri Sembilan, MinangKapau is a lip-smacking spot for spicy fare simmering with full-bodied flavours and succulent textures.
True to Minang traditions, customers can build their own version of nasi padang here, with small dishes galore to partner with pandan rice. It's easy to go overboard with ordering, but thankfully, everything we tried was worth tasting.
Our favourites might be the splashier, gravy-doused Udang Harimau Salai (RM8) and Telur Itik Mangga Muda Masak Lemak Cili Api (RM7), but the Rendang Daging Minang (RM7), Ayam Salai Goreng Bumbu Padang (RM7) and Paru Balado (RM7) aren't far behind. While each is precooked, there's no compromise in quality - the seafood and meat are all fresh and tender, distinctively robust-tasting without being over-seasoned, alluringly aromatic but not excessively fiery, making it easy for us to polish every plate clean.
If you prefer single-bowl sustenance, the Bubur Podeh (RM10) works well for a light lunch, blanketed with everything from bawang kering to daging dendeng. Sides of ulam and sambal are also worth exploring, a testament to tantalisingly sourced produce and time-honoured preparations.
67G, 70B, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 1130am-7pm. Tel: 011-3902-0132
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