Friday, September 07, 2007

Banana Leaf Rice @ Usha's, Petaling Jaya



One of the best ways to enjoy a lazy weekend is a leisurely Banana Leaf lunch with friends. We had decided to take a friend of ours to this particular stall within the Petaling Jaya Old Town Medan Selera to sample the food plus to snap a few pictures. He had recently acquired a brand new Nikon D40 which we both salivating over. Since it was raining, lots of shots were taken of raindrops to see the bounce back effect they gave.



When it comes to banana leaf rice, I have certain must have favourites. I was incredibly happy when I found they served fried bittergourd. Sliced wafer thin, it's dipped in a batter and fried till crispy. Excellent with rice and curry from the pot or just eaten plain like a snack. What really stood out for this particular item was they didn't add too much batter hence I wasn't just eaten fried flour only.



Another must have is the Chicken Varuval. Slightly dry but full of spices and curry leaves to give it so much flavour, it's great with lots of rice. Cut to bite size pieces, you can share this with your lunch companions. Then you have the usual selection of vegetables they give with the rice - chopped cucumber and pineapple in yoghurt to cool you down, spinach and etc. Overall, we quite liked the food here as it feels quite home made. Selection is not as big compared to say Kannas but as long as they have my 2 favourites, I'm pretty happy already.

Don't forget dessert too as the Ice Kacang at the neighbouring stalls are excellent. There's two stalls flanking the Kie Kie Chicken Rice stall. We originally went to the one at the corner but now switched the bigger stall in the middle as it tastes nicer.

Gerai Makanan Usha
27, Taman Selera
Jalan Othman
Petaling Jaya

(Halal. Closed on Mondays. The food court is located next to the Pasar Besar Jalan Othman.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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18 comments:

jasmine said...

ah, i remember this place. quite packed during lunch, and the only stall doing brisk business.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

yum. i love fried bittergourd.

daphne said...

wah.. havent had banana rice for ages man. the chicken varuval looks fantastic.. hmm.. looks spicy too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fried bittergourd is definitely an acquired taste although it did take me quite a while but love forward to this dish when i have this kinda cuisine..hehe

Big Boys Oven said...

is the food at this place expensive?

amyguan said...

did u really eat all the food u posted here? how did u find the time? i salute u. :)

Cat Cat said...

Ahhh, I remember my uncle used to take us to banana leaf rice in PJ too. Love their curry and popodum.

Shiang Yuan said...

Hi, first time visiting ur website. it's quite informative n most importantly it's expressed in simple and nice pictures! Great Efforts! keep it up!!

Tummythoz said...

Aiya, tomm (Sun) already planned to b'fast at the charity bazzar else this is definitely will be my brunch!

Ee Chian said...

ll,joe: there's this place in New Taman Sea called Restaurant Foo Kua (bittergourd) I think you might like it. I always see tons of people eating there, and heard some good review.

As for me... I'll stay away from it.

boo_licious said...

jasmine - 2 stalls during lunchtime doing good Indian Banana Leaf Rice business but this one is more established.

LL - yum! Ate one which had radish mixed in it which was also very good.

daphne - not so spicy but then my tolerance towards chilies have gone up quite a lot nowadays.

joe - yeah, not many people like the slight bitterness of the vegetable but I kinda love the taste.

BBO - standard prices for the food. Not cut throat ones.

amyguan - I have friends to also help me eat but usually these are taken over a span of time.

cat cat - yeah PJ Old Town is definitely the place for this type of food.

shiang yuan - thxs!

tummythoz - yum! Charity Bazaars are always great as the food is home cooked. Lucky you!

ee chian - wow, sounds like my kind of place. Where exactly is this at Taman Sea?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

yah ee chian - mana tempat ar? Would love to go makan there.

teckiee said...

...aiyah use wrong account to post. The restaurant is at the shop houses opposite of Chang Thung (selling bake supplies). If Chang Thung on on your left, turn right at the traffic light. Foo Kua restaurant is on the right. You can't miss it. Black head board with gold writing. Let me know when you all are going too yah... dont like foo kua.. but people told me some foo kua not like foo kua.

fatboybakes said...

YUM, i love deep fried bittergourd too. not easy to find nice one. used to go to this place in tmn desa, when i had lots of friends working in renong...in faber tower... cant for my life remember the name, but the last few visits standard sudah jatuh leh.

keith said...

last time i was there...i kena ketuk...i paid something like rm12.00 for the banana leaf rice with the V-chicken.

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Anonymous said...

hahaha...its my mom stall!!!!!
prithiviraj

LeeLee Kan said...

Is the place reasonably priced? How is much the vege set?

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