Sabar Menanti Restaurant



Located in the nasi padang belt of the famous Kandahar Street in Kampong Glam, Sabar Menanti is a well-loved Malay restaurant serving authentic Minangkabau (from West Sumatra, Indonesia) dishes. The restaurant is aptly named Sabar Menanti, for in English it means “wait patiently”, which one has to do as the queue to get to the food in this restaurant is usually very long. Started over 57 years ago, the running of the restaurant has passed on from the original owner from Sumatra, Haji Marlian, to his children.Branches of the restaurant that dish out Padang food have also sprung up around Kandahar Street.2

Introduction

Sabar Menanti is the name of a well-known nasi padang restaurant serving dishes that are specialties of the Sumatran Minangkabau people. The cuisine is named after the provincial capital, Padang.3 Sabar Menanti is a simple restaurant occupying a pre-World War II colonial shophouse on Kandahar Street, in the vicinity of Sultan Mosque. Together with Warong Nasi Pariaman, it is one of the two most popular nasi padang restaurants in Singapore serving authentic Padang food. Most of their food would be sold out by lunchtime.4

History
Sabar Menanti Restaurant was founded by the late Haji Marlian Athar.Also known as Bagindo Marlian, Haji Marlian came to Singapore more than 57 years ago, rented a room in Palembang Road and set up a small food stall. The business grew into a modest restaurant that became very popular. Haji Marlian died in 1978 and the restaurant business was passed on to his children and wife, Hajah Rosmah Mailu. The family-run business has not changed hands ever since and has expanded to several branches, all managed by Haji Marlian's family, particularly his children.6

In 1998, it was reported that there were altogether six nasi padang restaurants owned by the family. Three of the six stalls called Sabar Menanti Siang dan Malam were located at Kandahar Street and North Bridge Road. These were managed by Haji Marlian’s children, Yusmal, Rizal, Tarmizi and Maryulis. His youngest daughter, Zubaidah, owned Rumah Makan Minang at the corner of Kandahar Street and Muscat Street.7 Hajah Ratnah, another daughter, ran two stalls called Hajah Ratnah Nasi Padang on Beach Road and Sultan Gate.8

Signature dishes
Currently, the Sabar Menanti restaurants are listed as Sabar Menanti Restaurant & Catering at Kandahar Street and Nasi Padang Sabar Menanti II on North Bridge Road.9 As early as 6.30 am, the restaurants start serving the breakfast menu and close only at 4.30 pm. Breakfast items include mee siamlontongnasi lemak and mee rebus. Gado-gado and laksa are usually served on Fridays.10

The popular dishes are ikan bakar (barbequed fish), dendeng Balado (smoked meat Balado style), ayam goreng (fried chicken) and rendang (spicy beef dish).11 But the most unique and most requested dish at the stalls is opor nangka (young jackfruit and beef tripe cooked in a thick gravy). Fifty kilograms of rice are cooked every day at the main stall.12 Set meals comprising different types of dishes served with rice are also available. To avoid a long queue, one must come before noon.



Author

Marsita Omar



References
1. Warung sumber rezeki keluarga. (1998, November 8). Berita Minggu, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
2. Warung sumber rezeki keluarga. (1998, November 8). Berita Minggu, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Warung sumber rezeki keluarga. (1998, November 8). Berita Minggu, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Alijah Batcha. (2004, July 11). Tak sabar menanti...Berita Harian, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Nasi padang. (1998, November 8). Berita Minggu, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Warung sumber rezeki keluarga. (1998, November 8). Berita Minggu, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. Warung sumber rezeki keluarga. (1998, November 8). Berita Minggu, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8.  Nasi padang. (1998, November 8). Berita Minggu, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9. Alijah Batcha. (2004, July 11). Tak sabar menanti...Berita Harian, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10. Alijah Batcha. (2004, July 11). Tak sabar menanti...Berita Harian, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Nasi padang (1998, November 8). Berita Minggu, p.14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
12. Alijah Batcha. (2004, July 11). Tak sabar menanti...Berita Harian, p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.



The information in this article is valid as at 2006 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

 

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Cookery>>Food
Ethnic restaurants--Singapore
Ethnic Communities>>Food
Ethnic foods