One would expect the ratio of Padang restaurants to outnumber any other types of eateries in Padang. Well, this assumption is true but to a certain extent. While on the way from the airport to my hotel, I spotted a great deal of shops specialising in Nasi Goreng Patai (bitter bean fried rice), and after inquiring about the fact to my driver, he informed me that the dish is a huge favourite of the locals to tuck into for supper.
With that in mind, I made my way to one of the oldest Nasi Goreng Patai joints in town. Nasi Goreng Patay Bofet Mi-Mien started off in 1973 with just the founder and his wooden cart selling fried rice nearby the location of its current place. By 2004, it had its own permanent establishment on Jalan Husni Thamrin. I arrived fifteen minutes before it was due to open for business, and already there was a queue at the counter.
Only five dishes are available here: Nasi Goreng Patai, Mie Goreng (fried noodles), Mie Rebus (noodle soup), Bihun Goreng (fried rice vermicelli), and Minas (a mix of fried noodles and fried rice). Sure, the others look tantalising, but I had an objective to fulfil, so I opted for its Nasi Goreng Patai. It consists of bitter beans, chunks of fried beef, fried prawn, shredded cabbage, Chinese mustard greens, celery, and a fried egg on top, and the combination will leave your taste buds in a state of pure ecstasy. However, I would recommend bringing along a packet of mints or a mouth spray to alleviate the case of bad breath that you’ll be suffering from afterwards due to the Petai.
Jl. Husni Thamrin No. 10,
T: 0751 810 212
Open daily from 5.30pm-2.30am
Rp.25,000/US$1.80 per person