Maimunah is a place to indulge yourself in Indonesian food. It has the most exquisite and original Indonesian food that one can possibly find in Singapore. The chicken curry, beef rendang, tahu goreng (fried beancurd) is just so popular that you can expect it to be sold out by about 4pm in the afternoon. So, if you go there in the evening, chances are that the good food would have been sold out. The place is clean and air-conditioned. It offers free mineral drink (which is not always the case in other places!) It also sells Indonesian snacks and kueh2, which are very rare in Singapore (real Indonesian taste!) It is also rightly situated near a string of desert areas (so, you can go for desert after lunch! :) It's a popular place around SMU area where students are already bored of the eateries around, and want to try something new. A plus point is of course the so-affordable price for a plate of yummy food! It normally costs just about $2.5 to $5 for a set meal! The set meal comes with an unlimited refill of beverages (i.e. bandung, ice lemon tea, raspberry, etc.) This is definitely worth the money! Situated about 150 m from Bras Basah MRT, this is certainly a heaven for food-lover, especially Indonesians. It is a must-try.
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You must have tahu telor here!
People go to Hjh Maimunah to enjoy the best in Malay cuisine (with the various styles of course). You can't exactly describe the food as Padang fare as it is not exactly Padang cuisine. However, I would just term it as authentic Kampong cuisine with influences from the various Malay styles of this region.
When I come here, I would be in the mood for rice. I'd make sure that I make an order for Tahu Telor . I'd choose Rawon to be liberally poured onto my rice. Some beef rendang and if I really feel like it maybe a grilled fish or snails in extra spicy coconut based gravy. Then, I would find a nice cosy corner and tuck in.
I prefer to go to their branch at Joo Chiat or Jalan Pisang. The one at Joo Chiat is nicely furnished for a comfortable meal. The one at Jalan Pisang, the original location where the business started decades ago, is slightly older with a neo-chaotic arrangement of furniture which doesn't spoil your appetite.
Nobody should go to places like these to complain about the decor. You go there for the food. They could make you sit on the floor on a mat and eat with your fingers, the next time you complain that it is not authentic enough