Friday, November 6, 2009

Hard to find Padang Dishes in Malaysia - Padang, Indonesia

The Governor of West Sumatera official building is still standing strong.
Padang has a population of 1 million. It has a life of its own as it was difficult to access in times past. Its thin slice of lowland is wedged between the Indian Ocean and a mountain range that start from the north to the south of Sumatera.
Simpang Raya Restaurant is situated in the heart of the city. You get to see the towering spires of the buffalo horn roof structure everywhere. I just wonder the cost of putting up the roof in relation to the overall building cost. Mind you the roof edifice is massive.

The heart. Any takers!
The brains. Any takers!The intestines/stomach. Any takers!The epidermis of the cow. Actually the skin plus the layer of meat just below it. Its an experience and the skin is worth eating as it is softened to make it chewy.Padang noodles with crackers.My favourite gulai chicken which is more common in KL.The beef - can be found in KL. Look at the generous slather of green chili.The fish - looks more like shark meat to me.The grilled Nila fish (black tilapia) with sweet and spicy sauce. Enjoyed at another restaurant nearby. Really good!The grilled Nila without sauce. The meat was firm, succulent and taste excellent.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sabah Dinner (1 Borneo), Breakfast (Inaman) and Lunch (Tuaran)

7-Star Grouper - the unmistakable reddish hue on the skin and the front teeth.

An invitation took me for a quick visit to the land under the wind. Just a one-nighter therefore the schedule was tight and I ate wherever convenient! But still we can eat well right! Esp. with the famous fresh seafood beckoning. Then there were the noodles - a happy fusion of the islanders (a very big island) and the peninsular migrants.
The head was given to me and I duly dug into the 'cheeks' and then suck up the gelatinous skin and lips.VenisonSabah vege, a must have for visitors.Beef noodles for breakfast in Inaman. A thriving light industry area, it's packed 7 days a week.Fish paste noodles for lunch. This was really good carbo. The texture was refined by eggs added in the making of the noodles. The sauces were light yet the aroma brought comfort and remembrance of all the good noodles I had had in the past!Fish paste and prawns. Beyond fresh shall I say!More fish paste.

Padang, Indonesia Earthquake on the 30th Sept 2009 - A Pictorial Summary

An exhortation for Padang to rise up and my best wishes too for a quick recovery!
I wished that my 2 visits to Padang in as many weeks were made during better times. The earthquake at 7.6 on the Richter brought misery to many. Buildings in Padang with insufficient steel bar reinforcements came tumbling down. Older houses made from bricks without reinforced pillars and beams were also not spared in the countryside.

The team in Padang worked for 23 days treating a total of 1800 patients.

Most of the hotels were damaged and were closed for repairs. I had to run around for 4 hours to get the last room in a small hotel with rates doubled that before the quake. And while still at the counter 2 more customers in succession walked-in inquiring for rooms.

Transportation shot up. Fares from airport to the city cost up to USD50. Airtickets of local LCC from Jakarta to Padang (return) went up to USD200. Full-service airline economy tickets were at USD500 at its height!

All shots were mine except for those in Pariaman were from my friend's camera.
The city of Padang.

 60km away in Pariaman.The schools in Padang city conducted classes in tents while their schools is under repair.Rebuilding has started. Heavy machinery clearing the debris while workmen were seen conducting repairs.