A lot of people refer to stalls selling Malay rice as Nasi Padang stalls.
Actually, Nasi Padang is the cuisine of the Minangkabau ethnic group from West Sumatra, Indonesia. They are also known as the Minangs or the Padangs. (Padang is the capital and largest city of West Sumatra.)
Reputed for their earthy, lush and piquant flavors, Padang restaurants serve food in a rather unique way.
The moment you sit down, at least a dozen dishes will be brought to your table – even if you dine alone.
You simply pay for what you have eaten.
Some people have expressed concerns about the cleanliness of this practice, but I believe if basic hygiene is practiced – hand-washing before eating, using of serving spoons, etc it should be safe.
I’ve never had a bad tummy from a Nasi Padang meal.