REGARDLESS of ethnicity, a wholesome banana leaf meal is a favourite among Malaysians.
There are many stalls and restaurants providing banana leaf meals that leave us spoilt for choice.
One such stall is located at the Selera Wawasan food court in SS3, Taman Universiti, Petaling Jaya, and run by Pandian Muthusamy.
Growing up on a staple of mother’s home-cooked meals, my search for Indian food became a challenge when I went to Perlis to pursue higher studies.
Upon my recent return to Kuala Lumpur, my aunt recommended this stall, which is fondly known as Pandian’s, and I have come to love the food here.
“We have been operating at this food court for more than 20 years, ” said Jeyanthee, who is Pandian’s daughter.
The stall, which has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, offers 15 types of vegetables and six types of curries every day.
There is also chicken and mutton varuval as well as fried chicken and fish.
Pandian’s stall also takes orders for small gatherings and birthday parties in addition to home deliveries.
“We used to take bigger orders when my mother was alive, but now we only focus on small events.
“We are also looking for more workers to help my father provide home deliveries as it is hectic for him to take care of the stall at the same time, ” said Jeyanthee, who started helping her father at the stall after completing her tertiary education.
The price of a vegetarian meal at Pandian’s stall starts from RM5 while non-vegetarian meals start from RM8.
The stall also sells breakfast items such as thosai, chapati, vadai, curry puffs and fried noodles.
My meals at Pandian’s usually consist of rice, tapioca masala, spicy mashed potatoes, spinach, fried fish and fish curry.
The tapioca masala is one of my favourite dishes at the stall.
Jeyanthee said the stall enjoys a steady stream of regulars who do not hesitate to voice their disappointment when it closes for an extended number of days.
“Once, we had to close for a few days for my wedding, and some of our regular customers were caught unawares, ” she added.
Pandian’s stall is open from 6am to 4pm, daily.
For details, call 012-216 7587.