Warong Nasi Pariaman



It is believed that Warong Nasi Pariaman is the oldest surviving stall in Singapore that serves nasi padang – rice with mixed dishes, originating from the city of Padang in West Sumatra, Indonesia. The stall is famous for its authentic Padang dishes, particularly beef rendang, which is cooked without coriander and cumin unlike other rendang dishes.1 A family-run business, Warong Nasi Pariaman has been serving nasi padang since 1948. It is located in a shophouse at 738 North Bridge Road, at the corner of North Bridge Road and Kandahar Street, near the Sultan Mosque.2

History
Established by a man named Isrin, Warong Nasi Pariaman (Pariaman is the name of a town in West Sumatra) commenced business in 1948 as a warong (coffeeshop) at the corner of Kandahar Street.3 The coffeeshop has remained at the same location, but Isrin has since retired and the business has been passed on to his wife and children.4

Padang food constitutes white rice eaten with a variety of pre-cooked dishes and condiments. The dishes are richly flavoured with coconut oil, lime, fresh chilli, tamarind, lemongrass and lengkuas (galangal root).5

In 1992, Warong Nasi Pariaman was reported to prepare between 50 and 60 kg of rice a day. The stall owners said that the ingredients and the ways in which the dishes are prepared have remained true to the original recipe since the warong first started. Isrin’s wife, Hajah Rosnah, who owned the stall in 1992, claimed that she had never once let anyone else take charge of the ingredients in her 47 years of selling Padang food.6

In 1998, the second generation of the Isrin family ran the stall together with their wives. The team was headed by Isrin’s son, Sudirman.7

In 2013, the restaurant underwent major renovations, so the stall was moved to a temporary location. Subsequently, it returned to North Bridge Road.8

Description
Food preparation at Warong Nasi Pariaman begins at 4 am and all the dishes are ready by 10 am.9 Fridays are particularly busy for Warong Nasi Pariaman as Malays visit in droves after their Friday prayers at the nearby Sultan Mosque.10 Many of the stall’s customers have been frequenting it for two generations.11



Author

Marsita Omar



References
1. Salma Semono. (1992, August 23). Nasi kukus, ramuan asli – rahsia enak masakan PariamanBerita Harian, p. 9; Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.

2. Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11; Salma Semono. (1992, August 23). Nasi kukus, ramuan asli – rahsia enak masakan PariamanBerita Harian, p. 9. Ervina Mohd Jamil. (2014, April 13). Ini nasi padang yang kusuap. Berita Harian, p. 8; Atiyyah Mohd Said. (2011, May 18). Perniagaan keluarga tanggungjawab bersama. Berita Harian, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11Salma Semono. (1992, August 23). Nasi kukus, ramuan asli – rahsia enak masakan PariamanBerita Harian, p. 9; Atiyyah Mohd Said. (2011, May 18). Perniagaan keluarga tanggungjawab bersama. Berita Harian, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Salma Semono. (1992, August 23). Nasi kukus, ramuan asli – rahsia enak masakan PariamanBerita Harian, p. 9. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Salma Semono. (1992, August 23). Nasi kukus, ramuan asli – rahsia enak masakan PariamanBerita Harian, p. 9; Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11; Atiyyah Mohd Said. (2011, May 18). Perniagaan keluarga tanggungjawab bersama. Berita Harian, p. 4. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
7. Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. Adli Yashir Kuchit. (2013, May 31). ‘Ikon’ di Arab Street tukar padang. Berita Harian, p. 9. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9. Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10. Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Chan, S. (2004, January 11). Street foodThe Straits Times, p. L40; Oon, C. (1998, September 13). Fandi Ahmad used to drop by on FridayThe Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.


Further resources

Full listing of eateries recognized as Singapore’s Heritage Heroes. (2016, 22 November). The Straits Times. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/

Goh, K. (2015, September 27). Foodie confidential: Eating in the spotlight. The Straits Times. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/

National Heritage Board. (2012, October). Kampong Glam Heritage Trail, p. 20. Retrieved 2019, May 16 from National Heritage Board website: https://www.nhb.gov.sg/~/media/nhb/files/places/trails/kampong%20glam/kgglamtrail.pdf

Tan, S. (2017, April 10). Opinion: Why football legend Fandi Ahmad will always say ‘hi’. The Straits Times. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/



The information in this article is valid as at May 2019 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.

 

 

Subject
Cookery>>International and regional cooking>>Malay
Heritage and Culture
Cookery>>Food
Ethnic foods
Coffee shops--Singapore
Ethnic Communities>>Food
Cookery, Singaporean