If you like coconut-based desserts, you will love the pandan pudding at Maimunah. I can never remember what it's called, but look for the white and green confection in a cup (refer to picture). The coconut cream is fresh, thick and smooth and pairs perfectly with the slightly savoury pandan layer. Pour the gula melaka over and - heaven. (I like that the gula melaka is packed separately so you can control how much you add.) I have yet to try the other dishes here but felt I had to post this dish-specific review on HGW because it is hands down the best dessert I've had in a long time. Good things must share!
Brought my whole family and maid there for a quick lunch after church service... took a risk as it was expected to be crowded. Parked my car at Joo Chiat Complex and walked back to the restaurant. There was already a long queue to select the pre-cooked food but fortunately many tables were available at the second floor.
This time, I wanted to try the other dishes but because my son loves beef rendang, tauhu telor and the dark sauced ayam and I love them too, we ordered them again. The rest of the dishes ordered were deep-fried fish [ang kor lee] with lime/green chilli/onion, deep fried chilli brinjal, fried fish balls on a stick, sayur lodeh with tempeh, and beef rendang. We also picked up drinks [barley and lime] and snacks [fried banana fritters, steamed tapioca with palm sugar and tapioca/palm sugar layered kueh]. Total bill paid was about $55 before the waiter swiftly brought them to our table.
This time the beef rendang was not very tender [chewy] and like the last visit's not very lemak - they ought to improve this dish... a typical Malay dish where it is used normally as a quality yardstick for Malay food. The deep fried fish was good with the flesh not overcooked and it went well with the belachan chilli and sweet nasi-lemak chilli. The sayur lodeh was a let-down as it was not temp-hot and the generous amount of tempeh was too chunky and quite tasteless. My wife loves the brinjal with the belachan chilli... soft on the inside. The snacks were just normal hawker standard and the drinks were just too diluted with ice.
Overall, the food is slightly above average and you must know which dishes to order to have a satisfying lunch out with friends or family members. The service is simple and good.... not bad as the prices are quite near hawker standard with aircon to boot.
If you are health-conscious, this place is not for you. - plenty of deep-fried food and full of coconut cream and chilli. Need to take a long break before taking more of these rich food.
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