The People's Nasi Padang: Great Food With A Good Cause


Qistina Roslan •  Oct 07, 2023

The People's Nasi Padang is a new stall right in the heart of an industrial centre. It was created by Mr Ismail Didih Ibrahim. His family runs the popular Hjh Maimunah, hence with such expertise, the nasi padang stall will surely be serving good food!

Mr Didih created the stall as he wanted to provide an avenue for ex-convicts to have a second chance; seeing how he himself is an ex-convict too. Besides, Hjh Maimunah, the stall is supported by well-known names such as Ryo Yakiniku and Syukeats as well.

PS: Fun fact, our co-founder Mikhail Melvin Goh inspired the name too!

One of the best things about The People's Nasi Padang is their promise not to charge GST (especially with the 9% GST hike next year). Mr Didih champions the working class cause and ensures affordability is the top priority. Their rice costs only $0.50! He has also made a video explaining why the price of nasi padang is usually high which gives us more information and helps us understand the reasoning behind his pricing.

The People's Nasi Padang not only aims to give quality good food but also a second chance to ex-convicts. Working with Thye Hua Kwan (THK) Family Services, Mr Didih employs people in their Brotherhood programme, a support group for men who have hurt their loved ones. He aims to provide them with a chance to go up the social ladder and become a productive member of society.

Nasi padang is (of course) the main dish that is served at the establishment. There are over 20 different types of dishes that you can pick and choose from to create your perfect nasi padang dish. A unique dish that they serve is the Nasi Padang Kandar which has asam pedas, kuah lemak and ayam merah.

The most popular dish by far is the Tempeh Madu, which is tempeh that has been covered in caramelised sugar and spicy chilli. If you didn't know, tempeh is fermented soybeans! If you're interested in the recipe, Mr Didih has posted the recipe on his Instagram for you to watch!

If you're in the area, come down to The People's Nasi Padang to grab some delightful, hearty food!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Fri (8AM - 3PM)

Address: UE Print Media Hub, 61 Tai Seng Avenue, #B1-02