Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bala's Banana Leaf @ Bangsar, KL

One of the best banana leaf rice places that our #BLRGang came across recently in KL was Bala's Banana Leaf in Bangsar.

Taking up a corner lot shop at Taman Lucky Bangsar, the restaurant is spacious, clean and well-ventilated. We placed our order for Banana Leaf Rice (RM8) which came with a choice of either chicken, fish or mutton curry or dhal. The curries were thick and well-spiced. It came with four types of vegetables, most of them were potato-based and I was happy to see my favorite stir fried cabbage. :) Pappadums were nice and crispy, and rasam is also served with your meal. One of our friends took the BLR without the R(ice) (RM6.50) and had it with chapati (RM2.10).

Nice, thick curries

We also ordered the fried chicken (RM8.50) which was cooked to order, mutton varuval (RM10.60) as well as crispy, fried bittergourd (RM3). They do daily specials and during our visit it was Chicken Rajasthan (RM10.60), thick chunks of chicken in a rich, fiery gravy.

Mutton varuval - tender chunks of meat.. delicious!

Fried bittergourd - nice and crispy

Chicken Rajasthan

Service here is friendly and welcoming, and definitely adds to the whole dining experience.

Price: Total bill RM62.70 for 3 pax, including drinks.

Location: Bala's Banana Leaf, No.25, Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Taman Lucky Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. (Street parking or park at Bangsar Village and walk over towards TCM direction)

Tel: 03-2201 7107

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mian, Aman Suria: For Awesome Noodles & Char Siew

Located in Aman Suria (aka Sunwaymas Commercial Centre), Mian serves several types of noodles along with various roast meats such as BBQ pork (char siew), roast pork (siew yuk) and poached village chicken.

We got here pretty early, so only the char siew was ready. Roast pork (siew yuk) is only available on weekends from 9.45am onwards.

We ordered one large Char siew Black Kampua (RM8.50) and one large Char siew White Kampua (RM8.50). The Sitiawan-style black kampua comes with noodles tossed in dark sauce and topped with beansprouts, fried shallots and spring onion as well as thick chunks of glorious char siew.

Meanwhile the White Kampua is Fuzhou-style; whereby the noodles are tossed in peanut soy sauce and topped with minced pork, fried shallots, spring onions and char siew. Both noodles come with a side of soup with deep fried beancurd and meatball.

They were both delicious, though when eaten side by side, my preference lies with the black kampua. I especially enjoyed it with the pungent pickled garlic... So appetizing!

Black kampua with char siew

Some of the condiments to go with the noodles - chilli sauce, pickled green chilli and pickled garlic

White kampua

The char siew was really good and exceeded our expectations. It had the right proportion of lean meat to melting fat with a delicious sweet-savory glaze.

We enjoyed the char siew on our noodles so much, that we ordered another portion of this meaty goodness (RM12 for small). Look at the beautiful, glistening pieces of meat :)

Definitely one of the best char siew we've eaten in Klang Valley!

Menu at Mian

Opening times: 8.30am to 3.30pm daily, Closed on Mondays.

Price: Total bill RM32, including 2 drinks.

Location: Mian, No 9-1, Jalan PJU 1/3C, Sunwaymas Commercial Centre, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (Street parking available)

Tel: 016-692 8147

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