Truckload of hot traditional snacks


Ida and Dean busy preparing snacks in their food truck in Lucky Garden, Bangsar.

THOSE running errands in Lucky Garden, Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur or looking for teatime snacks in the area on a weekend, might want to look out for a bright red sign of a food truck selling pisang goreng (banana fritters).

A friend recommended trying the banana fritters sold at Otai Goreng Pisang Sambal Kicap food truck located across the road from a well-known Italian restaurant in Persiaran Ara Kiri, Lucky Garden.

It was a cloudy and drizzly Saturday afternoon when I found myself in the area and saw the red sign.

The aroma of fry-ups permeating the air caught my attention.

The owners, a husband-and-wife team — Suhaida Basri, or fondly known as Ida, and Mohd Fakrudin Osman or Dean — started their food truck business selling mixed rice, asam laksa, mee kari, mee hoon sup and nasi lemak in Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights in Kuala Lumpur, on weekdays more than 10 years ago, with its purple Adeanda Nasi Campur sign.

Ida said they set up the Otai Goreng Pisang Sambal Kicap business in Lucky Garden in June this year as business was slow in Jalan Dungun because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the crowd had dwindled since the work from home arrangement started.

“Since there are plenty of offices in the area in Jalan Dungun, our customers mostly comprise the office workers.

“But when the pandemic hit, the number of customers also dropped tremendously.

“So we decided to set up our pisang goreng business on the weekends in Lucky Garden as it is surrounded by residential areas,” said Ida.

When I visited the food truck in Lucky Garden that particular day, I noticed that they had fried cempedak too, which is my favourite, as the fruit was in season.

Apart from that, they also sell keropok lekor, thin fish keropok (crackers), fried sweet potato and cekodok (another type of fritter, usually round).

Ida uses pisang abu for the pisang goreng.

The fried batter is crispy and not cloying or greasy.

I usually consume this snack plain but since the ones here came with its signature sambal kicap (chilli paste in soy sauce), I decided to try it.

The dark sauce had a hint of spiciness, and it was an interesting pairing with the banana.

The cekodok was also pleasant without being too oily and had the right ratio of banana to flour.

Fried bananas cost RM1 for three pieces, cekodok is priced at RM1 for five pieces, and fried sweet potato is RM1 for three pieces.

As a big fan of fish keropok, the thin ones here were crunchy and good, and came with chilli sauce.

Cold drinks such as asam boi and cordials are sold as well.

Otai Goreng Pisang Sambal Kicap is open between 11am and 5pm in Lucky Garden.

For details, call 011-1882 4385 or visit its social media page under Adeanda Nasi Campur.

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