Five places known for their food: Banana leaf rice at Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, KL

Banana leaf rice is probably one of Malaysians’ favourite weekend brunch. The dish that hails from Southern India offers a hearty meal with as much rice, vegetables and curry sauce as you want served on fresh banana leaf although the latter is hard to come by nowadays.

Waiters carry around tiffin serving trays, enticing you with a choice of vegetables and curry such as fish curry, chicken curry or dhal. You can also add a papadam or two (a thin, crisp cracker) as well as other side dishes such as fried fish, mutton, fried chicken and many more.

A piece of advice (and warning), do not consume this for lunch on a workday as you would probably end up in a ‘food coma’.

One of the best places for a banana leaf meal would be along Jalan Telawi, in high-end Bangsar. Among the more popular banana leaf rice restaurants here are Devi’s Corner and Sri Nirwana Maju. Be prepared to wait for a table because there can be a huge crowd especially during weekends.

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This story first appeared in the pullout on Jan 11, 2019. You can access back issues here.