Nasi Padang originates from Padang, the capital of West Sumatra in Indonesia. Nasi Padang (Padang-style rice) is a miniature banquet of meats, fish, vegetables, and spicy sambals eaten with plain white rice, it is Sumatra’s most famous export and the Minangkabau’s great contribution to Indonesian cuisine.
Similar to Nasi Campur, Nasi Padang typically comes with a scoop of rice and side dishes of your choice. Whereas the dishes of Nasi Campur often come in lemak (coconut milk and curry) gravy, the gravy used for Nasi Padang is gulai, which is rich in spices such as turmeric, galangal, ginger and lemongrass.
Malaysia is home to a large Indonesian community which has established their homes here for generations, adding to the diversity in Malaysian food. Capital Cafe located on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in the heart of the city is home to a Nasi Padang stall. Capital Cafe is a kopitiam (traditional coffee shop) that’s been serving customers since 1956, offering good and affordable food.
I had lunch at Capital Cafe and interacted with the friendly people who worked there and got to find out more about their history.
213, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia