Few weeks ago, during a food tasting session I discovered a new place for Banana Leaf Rice! Well, it was a simple food tasting with Edwin as the Rotaractors from Taiwan are coming down for an annual visit, so being the host we had a list of Must Try local Malaysian food. So here we are, trying out the food beforehand and Edwin drag me along as he wanted my honest opinion, tempted to try new places, I agreed.
According to Edwin, his been here many times and the owner of Khavita started off with only a small stall and had expanded to a row of stalls, he even own a shop further down the road at PJ Old Town.
My usual place for Banana Leaf rice are Nivarna in Bangsar and Kanna Curry House, PJ Section 17.
Just like any Banana Leaf rice, it comes with 3 side dishes and you’ve got a choice to add on other a la carte meat or dishes. We ordered mutton and chicken. Both the meat, portion wise for 3 of us is sufficient and one of them is really spicy for me but for some like Edwin, he’s okay with it.
For the 3 side dishes, I find it to be so-so, it’s alright but not as great as Nivarna’s side dishes.
The must try is their fried chicken. It’s made to order, it’s served hot, crispy and it’s the best thing that goes with your rice.
After a satisfying meal, a thought came, should we fold the leaf outwards or inwards? I’ve heard it’s a way of culture to indicate if the food was delicious or it was terrible. So I googled it.
In Malaysia, to show one’s appreciation after a satisfying meal, the guest will fold the banana leaf inward to signify that the meal was good. Folding in the opposite direction (i.e. upward or outward) signifies that the meal was not satisfying. – wikipedia
I wouldn’t say this place is great but it’s an alternative if your craving for banana leaf rice, especially in a big group this place is a food court and have plenty of tables. As the Rotaractors from Taiwan will be coming in a group of 30 something, hence this place is perfect for us. The price is very reasonable too, we ordered 3 banana leaf rice plus the two side dishes, 1 piece of fried chicken and 1 roti boom for only RM 10 per person.