Syaza Nasi Padang – Tasty Mee Soto at Paya Lebar
I was never a fan of mee soto. A lot of them were either too oily or too watery for my liking. Sometimes, the turmeric was too overpowering. Last week, Chris from Iskina Cebu Mee soto introduced us to Syaza Nasi Padang’s Mee Soto, which is located in the same coffeeshop.
This coffeeshop near Paya Lebar MRT has two stalls with long queue – one is Iskina Cebu, another is Syaza Nasi Padang. How good can it be? Our dear makan guru went to join in the queue immediately after we secured a seat. And he came back with a plate of nasi briyani and mee soto. We first had a sip of the soup, and both of us nod our head concurrently. T
This yellowish soup uses the essence of chicken broth as a base, mixed with their homemade rempah gives the aroma and flavour which is lacking in many other mee soto stalls. Garnished with parsley, fried shallots, crispy bean sprouts and shredded chicken, we couldn’t stop after one mouthful.
The mutton briyani ($10) we had was delivered in spades. What joy it is to dig into the pile of aromatic rice topped with mutton rendang. The rice was fluffy and soft (not firm) without being too greasy. It’s a very definite chilli kick. Inside, I find a good amount of tender meat. Preparing it is a tedious process but the old couple owner won’t settle for anything less. They come in every morning at 5am to cook the food for the lunch crowd before shutting at 5pm to prepare for the following day.
I haven’t tried Amirah & Nur Aniqah Mee Soto & Mee Rebus to compare, but Syaza Nasi Padang definitely has good mee soto and nasi briyani. I will be back for their nasi padang! Make sure you come early.
Syaza Nasi Padang
Blk 1016 Geylang East Ave 3 (opp Paya Lebar MRT)
Opening hours: 7:30am to 3pm, closed on Sundays