Located in Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Che' Rose Nasi Padang isn't out of the way, but it isn't exactly convenient either. But this new-to-me stall will give us the regular nasi padang fix. There're sufficient carpark lots around the area if you go slightly before or after peak lunchtime. Che' Rose has been at this current location for a few years, shifting over from Lorong 2 nearby.
Remember Mr Rashid from the old Warong Mak' Shukur? Well, Che' Rose is owned by his mother-in-law and has existed since 1968. While Mr Rashid is still deciding what to do next, and catering for small corporate functions and house parties, he's helping out at this stall.
We went late for lunch, but there was enough food left for us. The man took rice with the delicious chicken rendang and stir-fried cabbage. I took the mee goreng and added an egg, fishcake and bendi goreng. I like this version. Their sambal tumis and sambal belachan were super sedap.
I'm glad to have found something familiar again. Even better when food's just as good. Those nasi padang stalls at air-conditioned food courts truly suck. None is decent. Tough to also find a good one at the hawker centres. That's the problem of rising rentals versus quality of comfort food in Singapore.
Che' Rose Nasi Padang
Block 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-811
At 128 Choices Eating House, Singapore 310128
(The kopitiam round the corner from Creamier.)
Hours: Lunchtime; Mondays to Thursdays