Sunday, September 6, 2009

Captain Muthu's Banana Leaf Rice @Thurkah - Taman Melawati, Ulu Klang

He was proud of his food and would prowl around his restaurant like a captain he was. ""No MSG", "All authentic spices" and "How is the food?""as he inquired from me. But that was in the 80's. He must be in his late 60's or early 70's by now! No I did not meet the good soldier when having this meal and was not up to it to check with those at the cashier. They may be his children/in-laws.

The food is mostly good and the shop has expanded another by another lot, half for an air-con section the other half for South Asian products. This post is for nostalgia's sake. The smell of mustard seed and its oil that is uncommon in Mamak and Malay food brings back good memories. And BTW this may be the only Indian Banana Leaf Rice in Ulu Klang area.

It is still located at the oldest section (facing to MRR 2 and nearest to the traffic lights cross junction) of Taman Melawati commercial area where all the action once was but now attracting the old timer looking for something comforting and familiar. Business Card right at the end of this post.
My favourite mutton curry was a tad too salty. But the meat was tender.Trip curry. This is good intaste and texture. I half expected it to be chewy but it turned out easy on my jaws.
Deep-fried when ordered the Tenggiri and Kembong was fresh with no 'stale fish' smell. The meat was succulent and the fish taste good as it was well-marinated.Another good-looking deep-fried piece of chicken. Tender as can be with the tumeric spice shining through through our taste-buds.


hApPy HaPpY said...

malaysia can! malaysia can be united via food..

New Kid on the Blog said...

Hmmm... it's in UK... a bit far wor.

550ml jar of faith said...

Ooh too far for me too, but I am reminded how badly I need banana leaf rice!! It really needs to be worked into the weekly schedule!

Selba said...

Good to know that the food is free MSG :)

thenomadGourmand said...

un-MSG? wow.. warrants a visit fr sure!!

Little Inbox said...

No MSG? It's great!

Food For Tots said...

Haven't tried banana leaf rice for quite sometimes. Hmmmm....looks so yummy!

Big Boys Oven said...

waw so far from my place! I wish it's nearer! :)

FoOd PaRaDiSe said...

wow.. after looking at this posts, I missed the banana leaf already. ^-^

SimpleGirl said...

no MSG...interesting!!!that means they have to be really good at cooking to make it tasty!

backStreetGluttons said...

Like Malay cooking banana leaf rice we find has quite a uniform taste from shop to shop , as tho they are all diligently following the same recipe ! ( Yes ...from Big towns to villages ) So we place those only with freshly prepared curries and meats high on our must try list ( such as kanna / raju ( PJ ) or some others who cook throughout the day.
We are not impressed tho with the few we have tried in Brickfields , supposedly the India of KL. Who knows maybe this Turkish sounding name one could be special ?

worldwindows said...

HH... I do hope so!

NKotB... Sometimes curtailed by distance.

Faith... Actually MRR through the LDP not very far.

Selba, TNG and LI... Spices negate the need for MSG.

F4T... There are a few good ones in S'pore which I saw in AFC.

BBO... Off peak would be about 30-40 mins tops from Sri Damansara.

FP... Penang would have quite a bit esp in PW.

SG... Actually Indian cooking needs no MSG! Even spices to make it great.

BSG... Some masquerade with the banana leaf. I will on;y go there once!