Banana Leaf Rice
Mounds of white rice accompanied by assorted meat and vegetable curries, fried fish, squid or chicken, chutneys and pickles served on fresh banana leaves make this South Indian specialty a hit with locals and foreign visitors alike. There are many banana leaf restaurants in PJ and one of the most commendable with easy access from Sheraton Petaling Jaya is Kedai Makanan Raju (address: No. 27, Jalan Chantek 5/13, Off Jalan Gasing, PJ).
A specialty of the Chinese Hainanese community, chicken rice evolved over the years and widens its appeal across the country’s multi-racial population. Succulent poached chicken and fresh cucumber slices with a zesty chili dip complemented by fragrant rice seasoned with chicken stock, pandan leaves, ginger and garlic constitutes a standard serving but many stalls now offer roast chicken as well. A trustworthy choice is Satellite Chicken Rice Restaurant located in Jalan Gasing.
A hearty meal of white rice accompanied by fish curry with ladies fingers or eggplant, fried fish, curried beef and boiled eggs, nasi kandar is a legacy from itinerant Indian Muslim hawkers in the 1900s. They sold rice and assorted curries, dispensed from huge pots hung on both ends of a long wooden pole known as ‘kandar’ balanced on their shoulders. Try a serving of this local rice dish at Original Kayu Nasi Kandar (address: 64, Jalan SS2/10, PJ).
Located in the heart of PJ’s commercial section 22, this spacious food court fondly known as SS2 Wai Sek Kai (glutton street) houses numerous stalls serving local street or hawker food such as nasi lemak, curry noodles, satay and grilled fish. Some vendors open for business as early as 7:00 AM while others operate from 6:00 PM onwards.
Durian, The King of Fruits
No visit to Malaysia is complete without sampling this pungent, thorny fruit with its sinfully sweet flesh. Just a 20-minute drive away from Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel is the popular Durian SS2 stall which sells durians of different varieties and sizes. It gained worldwide fame and popularity after CNN featured the stall. Customers come from everywhere to feast on the King of Fruits in comfort at the stall or have the forbidden fruit packed securely for takeaway and flights overseas.