IN A country like Malaysia, we are never short of delectable options when it comes to food.
Being half-Indian, I have always had a taste for appam, a type of pancake commonly eaten by Indians at breakfast or teatime
It is this love for appam that led me to Poomy’s Kitchen, which offers 13 varieties of appam that are priced at less than RM3 each.
The 20-year-old stall sits among a row of hawker stalls in Lorong Ara Kiri 3, Lucky Garden, Bangsar.
Poomy’s Kitchen owner K. Chandramohan said the business was started by his uncle, K.R. Poomy.
“Now, I take care of the stall for him as he is quite old,” said the 30-year-old man.
The 13 varieties available are traditional plain appam, sweet appam, brown sugar appam, coconut and brown sugar appam, egg sweet appam, egg with pepper and salt appam, egg with milk appam, sweet corn appam, mixed fruit appam, sambal appam, kacang (nutty) appam, banana appam and chocolate appam.
While appam is a simple dish, the process of making it can be complicated.
At the heart of the dish is fermented rice.
According to Mohan, the rice is soaked the night before for about four to five hours.
“I then drain the water and add the rice into the grinder, followed by grated coconut, cooked rice, dry active yeast, salt, sugar and water before grinding all the ingredients into a smooth, flowing batter,” he said.
The batter is placed in a large bowl or pan and left to ferment for about eight to 12 hours before it is ready to be cooked.
Trying the sweet appam as well as the egg with milk appam, I must say that blown away by the taste.
Appam is best eaten fresh off the stove while still warm.
However, since I was fasting, the appam had cooled down a little by the time I was ready to savour it on breaking fast.
Nevertheless, it tasted great with the sweetness of the milk and rice coming through.
The egg with milk appam was fluffy and savoury, leaving me with the urge for seconds.
For me, what made the appam at Poomy’s Kitchen stand out was its authentic taste.
Needless to say, I will definitely return to Poomy’s Kitchen whenever I have appam cravings.
The stall also sells putu (steamed rice cake) in bamboo.
Poomy’s Kitchen opens daily from 2pm to 9.30pm, including public holidays.
It will, however, be closed on the first day of Hari Raya.
For more information, call 014-383 2452 (Mohan) or 014-227 3741/ 010-233 9391 K.R Poomy.