Foodies, listen up! The weekend’s almost here, and that tummy of yours is just begging for you to fulfil your weekly carb quota with impossibly irresistible and aromatic ‘biryani’ rice … or perhaps those proudly Malaysian taste buds demand steaming white rice, drenched in authentic, rich, mouth-watering chicken curry packed with insane flavours thanks to a celestial potpourri of spices, heightened with a wicked dose of chili pirouetting off your lips.
Yeah, that’s right – there’s nothing quite like the fiery, gratifying flavours of deeelicious Indian food, is there? And if you’re a hardcore foodie who can’t get enough of them, be it North or South (yes, there IS a huge difference), you would’ve scoured the entire city (perhaps even the nation) for the best eats.
However, the list we’re about to unveil could still come as a surprise to your expert nose trained to pick up the scent of the latest congregation of garam masala in town. Don’t fight it, folks – just let it go, surrender to that feeling, dig in … (and you’re welcome! *burp*)
ParGolf’s TOP 5 INDIAN MUST-EATS
MAY ‘N’ MIKE’S SPICY CORNER
May ‘N’ Mike’s in PJ offers some of the best, authentic Malayalee flavours in a homely, inviting ambience. Get ready to sink your teeth into signature Kerala dishes such as meen moilee (stewed fish), aviyal (mixed vegetables with curd and coconut), meen puttu (stir-fried shredded fish) and injee puli (ginger chutney, which is also for sale in bottles, along with salted fish pickle!). Here, take this serviette and wipe off that drool …
Location: 357C, Jln 5/57, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor ● Tel: +6012-2529683
SRI GANAPATHI MESS
A must for ‘banana leaf rice’ lovers, Sri Ganapathi Mess operates in a converted bungalow in PJ Old Town, adjacent to Sekolah Kebangsaan Petaling Jaya, so it almost feels like you’re having a nice fat Indian meal at your neighbour auntie’s house. Must-tries here include the crab rasam and mutton varuval. Everything here is reasonably priced and the service is pretty efficient to boot.
Location: 47, Jln 1/10, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor ● Tel: +603-77820863
AKKAS FOOD CORNER
Touted as the best place for “home-cooked” dishes in Puchong, Akkas Food Corner offers a simple, no-frills ambience coupled with a clean and efficient set-up – and responsive service staff. Must tries at this hidden gem include mutton perattal, pulicha keerai, dalcha and sardine sambal. Soon you too will be raving about its value-for-money prices and fantastically-consistent, ‘Malaysianised’ South Indian flavours.
Location: 6, Jalan Puteri 5/1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
ACHA CURRY HOUSE
Lost that ‘banana leaf rice’ feeling? Fret not. Head on over to a veteran in South Indian cuisine, Acha Curry House, located just off Jalan Gasing. These guys are famous for their array of consistently delicious curries including onion, crab and – wait for it – salted fish, which is kind of a rarity as it’s not something every Indian restaurant in town serves. And get this – meals come with a side of sweet and spicy ikan bilis sambal. (Slurp!)
Location: 271, Jln 5/51, Bukit Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor ● Tel: +6012-273 5096/+6016-2968809
Alright, this one’s especially for all biryani junkies out there. If you’re a Klang-ite, you’d have probably heard of these guys – Ontheway8761, offering 100%-homemade biryani on wheels! Choose from an array of biryanis such as vegetarian, egg, prawn masala, chicken masala, squid – and mutton kicap (which is a best-seller) – all infused in heavenly spices and herbs, and come in generous servings. Get onto their Facebook page or call to track them down.
Location: Call +6014-9622447 to find out where they’ll be!