Hajah Maimunah is considered one of the best Halal certified restaurant in Singapore since been around in the 1990s, serving authentic Malay traditional Kampong style delicacies. For westerners, the word ‘Kampong’ means village in the Malay language.
Among Hajah Maimunah’s signature dish will be the Beef Rendang (braised beef), Ikan Bakar (grilled fish), Ayam Bakar Padang (spicy grilled chicken) and Tahu Telur (deep fried egg & bean curd), which are all sought out dishes by both local and international diners. My personal one would be the Beef Rendang and Ayam Bakar Padang. The ingredients are exclusively authentic rich with spices and herbs, and both meat are extremely tender and not too spicy when consumed with the white fragrant jasmine rice. Electrifying tasting I must say!!
Altogether there are more than 40 affordable dishes to choose from and prices range from S$4-$6 per dish. Expect an average price per pax at S$10 including beverages.
The colorful assorted dishes which are randomly placed on aluminium trays and several decorative plates filled the classy glass cabinet while mesmerizing diners as well as onlookers to decide on their orders.
Breakies are also offered apart from lunch and dinner. Hajah Maimunah operates from Monday-Saturday, 7am onwards.
Among other recommended dishes to explore are the Ayam Lemak Chilli Padi, Lemak Siput Sedut and Asam Pedas Ikan Pari. For desserts, the Bubur Cha Cha (tapioca assortments cooked with coconut milk), and Odeh-Odeh -a must try sweetener that will make you drool for more but hopefully not increase your sugar level.
This establishment has both two dining areas, indoor and outdoor, however, it’s quite squeezed during lunch time while seated indoors. If you intend to dine in big groups, I would suggest to make an early reservation.
My overall verdict, 10/10 for it’s food, service and an extra credit for it’s wide variety of food listings to cater all types of diners, meat lovers, seafood enthusiasts, vegetarians and for those health conscious ones.