Posted : May 2014Author : HGWeditor
Forget Colonel Sanders, here are Malaysia’s top 3 foods that are best enjoyed cutlery-free - by the HungryGoWhere team
David Moyes and MU. Leather boots in Malaysian weather. Banana leaf rice with a fork and spoon. All these things share one thing in common – they just don’t go together. Here are some Malaysian favourites that just taste better when we dig right in and get our hands dirty.
A dessert, appetiser or snack that transcends cultural barriers and social status, battered and deep-fried banana fritters are a crowd favourite anywhere. You find stalls serving these freshly fried beauties at almost every main office area in town. Having oily fingers after the snack is all part of the eating experience!
Brickfields Pisang Goreng Stall
This fried banana stall also serves curry puffs (RM1.40), kuih bakul and sesame seed coated sweet potato balls (all priced at RM1.20 per piece). When eaten fresh out of the fryer, the banana fritters’ batter is crispy and perfectly complements the sweet, soft and mushy bananas on the inside. The stall has been operating for more than 20 years, a testament to the consistency of this father-and-son team in producing really good, finger-licking snacks.
Brickfields Pisang Goreng stall | Address: At the pavement of Restoran Yit Sieang (opposite YMCA KL), corner of Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4 & Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur |Telephone: 012-6172511 | Opening hours: Daily 12.30pm – 6.00pm | GPS coordinates: 3.133191, 101.689321 | Pork-free
Centrepoint Pisang Goreng Stall
|Pisang Goreng coupled with keropok lekor – greasy heaven|
This stall also sells deep fried sweet potato, keropok lekor (fish crackers, both the thin and thick versions), deep fried dough balls in addition to the pisang goreng which is very crispy, unless you leave it out for too long. RM2 will get you about 8 pieces of pisang goreng and another RM2 for 10 pieces of lekor. Absolutely delicious and makes for the perfect tea time snack with a cup of teh tarik.
Pisang goreng stall at Centrepoint | Address: On Jalan Mawar (just behind Centrepoint shopping mall), Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor | Opening hours: Mon – Sat 12.00pm – 6.00pm, closed on Sundays | GPS coordinates: 3.137042, 101.610492 | Pork-free
Every successful civilisation is defined by whether or not it had its own take on the classic fried chicken. OK, that’s not true and I made it up, but Malaysians can proudly claim to have one of the most delicious versions of fried chicken with our ayam goreng berempah which packs a luscious mix of local herbs, deeply marinated in juicy hunks of chicken. Here’s where you can get your fill of the different versions of fried chicken available here:
Lim Fried Chicken
|Freshly fried chicken|
Deep fried pieces of fresh chicken go perfectly with nasi lemak or curry chee cheong fun which are also sold here.
Lim Fried Chicken | Address: Restaurant Wong Soon Kee, No. 1, Jalan SS14/1, Subang Jaya, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor | Opening hours: Wed – Mon 2.00pm – 6.30pm, closed on Tuesdays | GPS coordinates: 3.076111, 101.589444 | Pork-free
Restoran A. Hassan
|Juicy deep fried ayam kampung|
Famed for their ayam kampung goreng (fried free-range chicken, RM4.30 per piece), this restaurant sells all kinds of cooked dishes with a Kelantanese slant.
Restoran A.Hassan | Address: No. 43, Jalan Lawan Pedang Seksyen 13/27, Tadisma Business Park, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor | Telephone: 03-55103981 | Opening hours: Daily 10.30am – 5.30pm, closed on Fridays | GPS coordinates: 3.088889, 101.544167 | Halal
Restoran Sari Ratu
|Ayam goreng berempah|
This Nasi Padang restaurant serves the ayam goreng special which is marinated with fragrant herbs, and then fried to a crispy perfection. This restaurant has outlets in Desa Pandan, Kelana Jaya, Subang Jaya, Ampang and along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
Restoran Sari Ratu | Address: 47-1 GF, Jalan PJU5/12, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor | Tel: 03-61416165 | Opening hours: Daily 11.00am – 10.00pm | GPS coordinates: 3.153333, 101.594444 | Halal
Banana Leaf Rice
There are very few kinds of food that can be as fulfilling and comforting as banana leaf rice. Served on a banana leaf, with at least three vegetarian side dishes and your choice of curries or dhall, this southern Indian import has become a favourite for people of all races in Malaysia. While most will eat it with fork and spoon, it’s still best eaten using your hands, or fingers to be exact. There is a skill to be had in eating a serving of curry-soaked rice and vegetables using only the tip of your fingers. But even if you fail miserably and end up with curry fish smeared all over your palms, you’ll find a deep sense of satisfaction as you lick the last morsel of mutton curry off your finger tips. Here are our top picks for banana leaf rice:
|Devi’s banana leaf rice is a must try|
Devi’s Corner went through a kind of revival this year, after many diners complained of low food quality and service. The corner, double-storey shop now serves some of the most delicious, rich and satisfying curries and side dishes I’ve ever tasted. The Kerala fish curry is worth mentioning, as was their crab curry and mutton dhalcha. Banana leaf rice is only served on the first floor, so go straight up the steps if you’re planning to get your hands deliciously dirty.
Devi’s Corner | Address: No. 14, Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur | Tel: 03-22827591 | Opening hours: 24 hours | GPS coordinates: 3.131400,101.671645 | Halal
Kanna Curry House
|You will rarely find an empty seat during lunchtime at Kanna Curry House|
Kanna remains one of the most well-patronised banana leaf rice eateries. Its multiracial clientele can never get enough of its gamut of fried chicken drumsticks, assorted local fishes, fish eggs, quail and seafood that are cooked to order.
Kanna Curry House | Address: No. 29, Jalan 17/45, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor| Telephone: 03-79584814| Opening hours: Daily 6.30am – 9.00pm| GPS coordinates: 3.1196835, 101.6298125 | Pork-free
Sri Ganapathi Mess
Set up like a mess hall, diners will find themselves tackling a generous mound of perfectly cooked, fluffy long grain Indian rice doused with lashings of hearty dhall curry. Besides the house speciality of crab rasam, there’s also chicken rasam, which qualifies as the proverbial soup for one’s soul.
Sri Ganapathi Mess | Address: No. 47, Jalan 1/10, PJ Old Town, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor| Tel: 03-77820863| Opening hours: Daily 12.00pm – 3.00pm | GPS coordinates: 3.08578, 101.646501 | Pork-free