This amazing Nasi Padang spot was started by the late Padang-born Madam Ardaini Sabar in 1987. Indonesia's loss was Penang's gain - Ardaini moved to Penang in 1971 after marrying Mr Alias Abdul Rahman, who hailed from Kedah, an agricultural state in North-west Malaysia, neighbouring the highly-urbanised Penang state, renowned for its street food and a Mecca for food-lovers throughout Malaysia & Singapore.
Both Ardaini and Alias were talented cooks, but Mdm Ardaini then put her skills in Minang recipes (learnt from her grandmother, Mdm Siti Hajar) to good use, combining them with her husband's Kedah culinary heritage, and tweaked to suit local Penang tastes.
The result is the tastiest spread of Padang dishes I'd ever had, with more depth of flavours to suit Penangites who're used to more complex South Indian-Muslim flavours, as well as a wider variety with the injection of Kedah dishes like the asam pedas fish.
Nasi Padang Minang
92 Transfer Road
Opening hours: 11am till 8pm daily.