Hajah Maimunah at Jalan Pisang

Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
11 & 15 Jalan Pisang
Singapore 199078
Tel : +65 6297 4294

Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 7am to 8pm
Closed on Sundays
Remarks: No GST and no service charge

Halal status: Halal certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$15
Recommended dishes: Lemak siput sedut, beef rendang

So as you know, Arab St area is now teeming with hip cafés such as The Lab, I Am…, Krave and the like, which is cause for rejoicing. However, I find myself still going back to stalwart establishments like Victory and Bumbu, which offer more Asian fare.

Another place I wish I frequented more is Hajah Maimunah restaurant, which serves up delectable Nasi Padang and an array of varied dishes. Although the flagship restaurant  is on Joo Chiat Road, I much prefer the Jalan Pisang outlet because there’s just more things to do in that area – drop by the National Library, go for dessert elsewhere, etc.

On a recent Saturday, my friend and I headed to Hajah Maimunah for lunch and here’s what we had:

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Flatlay sort of

That’s right; all this for just us 2 :/

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Smorgasbord

YUMMMMMM

Here’s a breakdown of each of the dishes that we got:

  1. Lemak Siput Sedut (Medium, S$5)
Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Siput Sedut

Lemak Siput Sedut (S$5) – 10/10

Mmm, I love this, but I might be biased. I grew up with my aunt and she cooked this for us a lot when I was younger, but since she passed away I hardly ever get to eat this. Back to the taste though – the lemak is spicy and not too rich, which means you won’t get too jelak of it. 10/10

2. Beef Rendang (S$6 for two persons’ portions)

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang (S$6 for two) – 9/10

The beef rendang is decent – the meat is moist and tender, while the rendang gravy is fragrant and flavourful. A little heavy on the oil (as is visible in the picture), but otherwise a good solid staple. 9/10

3. Ulam & Sambal Belacan (S$2)

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Ulam Sambal Belacan

Ulam & Sambal Belacan (S$2) – unrated

I don’t even know why we even took this, as we were both not used to eating ulam, a traditional Malay/kampung salad with raw vegetables served with sambal belacan. I guess I liked the idea of it, but after trying a couple of cucumber sticks with the bright red sambal ,I thought “thank you, but never again please”. On the plus side, the vegetables were fresh. I suspect my mum would like this. Unrated.

4. Chicken liver and gizzard/ Hati & mempedal ayam (S$4 for Small)

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Hati Mempedal

Hati & mempedal (S$4) – 8/10

So this is a classic kampung dish of fried chicken liver and gizzards coated in spices. I know it can be polarizing – some detest the grainy texture of liver while enjoying the chewiness of the gizzards, and others avoid innards altogether. I have fond memories of eating this as a kid and so I didn’t mind it. I like the rempah (or spices) that these gizzards are usually cooked in. 8/10

5. Tempe (S$0.80)

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Tempeh Goreng

Tempeh (80cts) – 6.5/10

I LOVE TEMPEH, or fermented soybeans. When I was taking arabic classes at Al Markaz, I would always rush down to Kampong Glam Café to get a tempeh as a snack during our 15 min breaks in between class. And the tempeh there was delicious and cost 50cts. So I was a little outraged that Hajah Maimunah charged us 80cts for this sad-looking, lemau (no longer crispy) and skinny strip of tempeh. The taste was normal, but the texture was a letdown. 6.5/10

6. Paru Belado (S$4 for small)

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Paru Belado

Paru Belado (S$4) – 6.5/10

Paru means lungs, and in this case we’re talkin’ beef lungs. (Gee, so much innards in today’s meal). I love most belado dishes, since the chili paste is delicious! Hajah Maimunah’s paru was a little disappointing though – the paru texture was a little hard. I like my paru in one of two ways – deep fried and crispy, or a little thicker and chewy. The one I had here was neither. 6.5/10

7. Lemak Pucuk Ubi (S$3 for small)

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Pucuk Ubi

Lemak Pucuk Ubi (S$3) – 9/10

Finally we come to the lemak pucuk ubi, or cassava leaves in coconut stew. I really enjoyed this. It’s got an earthy, kampung taste that is at once familiar and reassuring. The leaves are cooked well, retaining a good bite while still being juicy. If taken in large quantities the leaves can taste the slightest bit bitter, so try to pare it down with the coconut gravy and some rice. 9/10

All in all, I would definitely come back here again with my friends, especially for the lemak siput sedut, and also to try the tahu telor and other dishes! I reckon my friend and I definitely over-ordered, so my advice is to stick to about 2 dishes per person, and skip the ulam if you’re not a fan.

You can eat with your hands since they have a separate handwash station right by the washrooms. The staff are ever ready to clear empty plates once you’re done, and although you can def get like a simple $5 nasi padang from regular coffeeshops, it’s the variety of dishes and the air conditioned comfort that draw me and my friends to this establishment.

Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
11 & 15 Jalan Pisang
Singapore 199078
Tel : +65 6297 4294

Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 7am to 8pm
Closed on Sundays
Remarks: No GST and no service charge

Halal status: Halal certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$15
Recommended dishes: Lemak siput sedut, beef rendang

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