Banana Leaf Rice from Western Malaysia
I think this must come in as my number two favorite meal in Peninsular Malaysia. And, I have to say, like many things in this part of Malaysia, it’s a hit in miss affair to get a version of Banana Leaf Rice that tastes “great” every-time.
I have found such a place. It’s a town with many restaurants, serving near equally great versions of banana leaf rice every-time. More on this later, but for now a little bit more about this wonderful dish.
What is Banana leaf rice?
Banana leaf rice originally comes from South India, and now a Malaysian version sits with equal prowess beside it’s original counterpart.
Set on fresh banana leaf you will be presented with a mix of fresh vegetables, lentils, rice, a papadum or small deep fried baji along with a hot curry.
Banana leaf rice curry usually comes with a choice of either mutton, chicken or a vegetarian option.
Why eat on a banana leaf?
Aside from a decorative touch, and an environmentally friendly plate, a fresh banana leaf skin is believed to aide in digestion.
Where is the best Banana Leaf Rice in Malaysia found?
In my findings the results have been mediocre throughout Malaysia. The one place that consistantly had great Banana Leaf Rice has been in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.
Costing less than in many other places, I ate banana leaf rice for USD $2 here. While rather staggeringly I have seen prices of this dish hit over $20 in some higher end restaurants, and many charging $10, with alot less than what I’ve photographed here.
By all means try banana leaf rice anywhere in Malaysia. But, I’m pretty sure you won’t get a consistently better version than in the Cameron Highlands!
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