Punggol Nasi Padang @ Century Square, Singapore

From Michelin-starred restaurants to cafes, Singapore's diverse of dining options will cater to food lovers from all walks of life. The local street fare is a delicious melting pot of the cosmopolitan city's diverse cultures. At Punggol Nasi Padang, you will enjoy a wide variety of meat and vegetable choices ranging from curry chicken, rendang (spicy meat dish), Begedil (a deep fried potato patty), fried omelette to soups. There is also a wide choice of Roti Prata, Murtabak and local drinks such as teh tarik.

Mee siam, which means "Siamese noodle" in Malay, is a dish of thin rice vermicelli popular in Singapore and Malaysia. Made from fermented soya bean paste, beancurd, chilli paste, bean sprouts and lime juice, this noodle dish was palatable. Though it might look spicy, it was not spicy at all. We had to add more chilli to give that oomph. The vermicelli was perfectly cooked. (Food rating: 3/5)

Originated from Padang City, Nasi Padang is steamed white rice served with various choice of pre-cooked dishes ranging from meats, fishes, vegetables, and spicy sambals. Similar to economical rice, you can select any number of dishes to your liking and you will be charged based on the number of dishes you have ordered. I ordered a Beef Rendang with steamed white rice. The spicy paste was extremely spicy, yet had a lingering rich and addicting aroma. The beef cubes were tender and juicy. The spicy pickled cucumbers were great appetisers to accompany this spicy dish. It not only whetted your appetite but also cleansed your palate so as to enjoy the beef rendang more intensely. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

Murtabak, known as a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread, is commonly found in Southeast Asia like Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and India. A variant of Roti Canai or Roti Prata, the pancake is best eaten with curry. You may choose either mutton or chicken as meat fillings. I chose mutton. Cooked with chopped shallots and mutton bits, the pancake was a very nice fragrance. However, it was a little too limp as far as I can describe it. I would prefer it to have a crispy crust and soft dough inside to a limp murtabak. Overall, it was very enjoyable. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Now that you have tried the pancake with mutton fillings, how about Roti Tissue? b is a sweet flatbread and is a thinner version of the traditional roti canai. The finishing touches to the making of roti tissue require skill. It may be coated with sweet substances such as colourful sugar rice and chocolate syrup. At Punggol Nasi Padang, the tissue-like pancake was served in a shape of a tent. The crispy thin crust with chocolate syrup was extremely enjoyable. It was a great dessert to end a great scrumptious meal. (Food rating: 3.5/5)

Address: Century Square, B1-22/23, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509
Price: $
Rating: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Beef Rendang and Mutton Murtabak