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It never crossed my mind that I would be able to visit Padang this year… To be truth, I did not really heard about the city, unless for Malin Kundang and their famous delicacies that I have had million times in Jakarta.

I still can recall when my mom suddenly called me one afternoon and threw the question: “Your father will be going to Padang for his business and he offered us to go along and tour the city. Do you want to go?” 

Still in a confused tone, I heard myself agreeing to her. Yeah, why not?! Let’s see what West Sumatra has to offer.

The flight from Jakarta to Padang was 1 hour 30 minutes. Don’t expect the airport to be huge or grand. Minangkabau International Airport maybe simple but it still serves its function well. The building has a spired roof showing the characteristic of Minangkabau architecture, usually found in rumah gadang traditional house.

Minangkabau International Airport in Minang-styled roof architecture

Minangkabau International Airport in Minang-styled roof architecture

The airport is located 23 km away from the city. It is about 30 minutes drive by car. Different from the hectic Jakarta, Padang is more quite and peaceful. With the equator crossing Sumatra just north of Bukit Tinggi and Padang, the weather is hot and humid. Since that I went in December during the rainy season, it rained everyday.

Soon after our arrival, immediately we headed for our lunch. I’m the most curious to try the original “nasi Padang” , the famous delicacy of the town. This spicy rice that has spread throughout the country and even world. 

Rumah Makan Pagi Sore

Rumah Makan Pagi Sore

The side dishes of 'nasi Padang'

You can pick which side dishes to spice your ‘nasi Padang’

Special dish from Pagi Sore - Ayam Goreng or Fried Chicken

Special dish from Pagi Sore – Ayam Goreng or Fried Chicken

‘Pagi Sore’ is one of the most famous franchises for nasi Padang. The restaurant is famous for their fried chicken. Although the fried chicken is small in size, but it is crispy outside and soft inside. The chicken is small because they are ‘ayam kampung’.

It tastes different from any nasi padang that I tried in Jakarta. For me, nasi padang outside of Padang is more flavourful and spicier.

But to pay homage to the native cooks is always be one way to experience Padang.

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