d Ginger is a plant commonly seen in Singapore. Alpinia purpurata is the scientific name of the plant with fiery red flowers, which is also called ostrich plume and pink cone ginger. Red Ginger is also the name of a cafe serving a good spread of Nasi Padang dishes and traditional hawker fare in a comfortable setting at affordable prices. The halal cafe started operations in IMM Building in 2000 and has now expanded to the East with the new Cafe Red Ginger in PLQ Mall.
Rumah Makan Minang Indonesian Restaurant in Kandahar Street is a casual eatery in a unique location for an authentic local dining experience. It is a family business that can trace its heritage back to an immigrant from Sumatra, who served nasi Padang dishes using recipes from the Minangkabau people.
99 Food Bazaar is a new eatery which has just opened for business at the Lifelong Learning Institute. It offers Penang style Nasi Kandar and Bamboo Biryani.
“Ole Ole” is a chant being heard often in England now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revived the fortunes of Manchester United football club. In sunny Singapore, since our national sport is said to be eating, “Ondeh Ondeh, Nyonya Kueh Boleh” could well be our version of the “ole chant”. If Oleh Oleh Parkway Parkway starts using that as its slogan, we will be asking for royalty. We will happily accept payment in ondeh ondeh.
On the fringe of Orchard Road, Killiney Road is a narrow road which is colourful and busy. To a large extent, it is busy because of Singaporeans’ twin obsessions – mobile phones and food. The car park entrance to Singtel Shop Comcentre is at Killiney Road and many interesting restaurants and cafes are located in the shophouses along the road. The famous Killiney Kopitiam is at shophouse No. 67. Right next to it is Warung M Nasir, one of the best places in the city to enjoy a tantalising collection of authentic Padang-style dishes.