A couple years ago when the topic of coffee came up, I believe it was probably David, an avid coffee drinker of mine who mentioned the name Podgy and the Banker as one of his favorite places for a good cuppa, and thanks to that rather unique name for a cafe, it stuck to me.
Fast forward to last week, we decided to give it a try. If a cafe manage to stay in business more than a couple years, it is usually at least more than decent.
Update 2019: Podgy & the Banker is no longer operating here
podgy and the banker, sri hartamas
Podgy and the Banker is located at Sri Hartamas, the opposite side across from the much busier Desa Sri Hartamas. As a result, parking never takes more than 10 seconds to locate, and therefore the morning is never ruined from having to go round & round for 10 minutes prior to getting a spot (I’m looking at you, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar)
The cafe itself can be a bit tricky to locate though, from the front it looks almost like an office (or bank?), but if you were to look from the side you won’t miss it.
Haze & I both really enjoyed the latte here
First up, the coffee.
We both had latte and agreed that they were absolutely on point. Strong aroma, and really smooth steamed milk, no super fancy presentation or anything as such but such a really well prepared cup of coffee. Really one of the better latte I’ve tried.
poached egg with beef bacon
My choice of brunch was poached egg with bacon (RM 16). Presentation was quite minimalist but the two eggs were perfectly poached, only proper bacon would elevate this dish but the beef version did its job just fine here.
scrambled eggs with salmon, lemon meringue cake
The wife went for scrambled eggs with smoked salmon (RM 15), another simple yet properly prepared dish that received no complain from her. We complete the brunch by sharing a lemon meringue cake (RM 14) together, which turned out to be quite a lovely dessert.
I foresee us going back there again one of these days.
Address: Podgy and the Banker 2, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur GPS: 3.157306, 101.650839 Hours: 9am to 11pm, closed on Tuesday Web: www.podgyandthebanker.com
While we have mamak restaurants at pretty much every commercial all throughout the country, it is surprisingly rare to see “proper” Indian restaurants that aren’t the typical mamak style. The difference is subtle, especially when it is a Southern Indian cuisine, but you can always spot the tell-tale sign that beef isn’t on the menu.
Exotic Curry House, at Little India, Klang
While exploring dinner option at Little India, Klang a few weeks ago, we somehow got into this small back lane by the name of Lorong Tingkat largely due to parking situation on the main road and chanced upon this busy little restaurant by the name of Exotic Curry House.
If an eatery is located in an unfavorable location and manage to attract steady stream of customers, experience tells me it will usually be good, so we went right in as the only non-Indian couple that night.
all hail to the mutton murtabak
Exotic curry house offers quite a good variety of chapati, roti, putu mayam, and many other traditional dishes (check the video below for a shot of their menu). I’m a big murtabak fan, so I got myself a mutton murtabak for dinner (RM 10).
Some 10 minutes or so later, the murtabak came, and boy was it a life changing sort of experience!
The roti was thin, meat was soft, succulent, and full of flavor, everything was perfect, and on top of that you get three different curry as condiments. It was just absolutely the best murtabak I’ve ever had in my life.
If you even remotely like murtabak or roti canai, you owe it to yourself to come to this place.
banana leaf rice available for lunch
We went back to Exotic Curry House again a week or so later during lunch time looking for a repeat experience, but unfortunately banana leaf was the only option during the afternoon hours so we had that instead.
It was a pretty good meal which ticks off the right boxes in terms of ingredients served, but I suppose the murtabak has set the expectation perhaps a bit too high. It was good, but not life changing.
Anyway, we’ll surely be back for more chaptai/murtabak. So happy we stopped by this place.
Address: Exotic Curry House 39, Lorong Tingkat, Kawasan 1, 41000 Klang, Selangor GPS: 3.039962, 101.447853
While you can get bak kut teh all around the clock in Klang, it is still mostly a breakfast option for most natives around here. So prior to work a few weeks ago, I decided to head to one of the more popular old school bkt places to get my morning fix – at Seng Huat bak kut teh.
Seng Huat is located just right beside the main Klang bridge and stone’s throw away from the origin of bak kut teh at Teck Teh. The corner shop has plenty of seats right at the side by the river, which makes for quite a comfortable dining area compared to the slightly stuffier interior.
one big bone for me please
This is an old school type of bkt place, so there’s no such thing as claypot, vegetable, enoki mushroom, or any of those distractions. You order your favorite type of meat and you get it served in a bowl and a plate of rice. What they do have though, is chili padi & soya sauce, which Teck Teh doesn’t even serve.
I asked for a tua kut (big bone), one of my favorite parts for breakfast.
bak kut teh is a breakfast meal here in Klang
What came was quite a huge portion (especially for breakfast) of meat that was appreciatively soft enough to fall off its bone quite easily. The soup was quite thick & flavorful, though to be fair not the thickest I’ve had, Mo Sang Kor or Ah Her would probably satisfy you more if you want it thickest possible.
Over all though, it was a pretty good breakfast, and one that I would not have a problem to revisit. If you want it more “original” though, head to Teck Teh for some surprise.
If you’re looking for dinner at Klang, there are a few repeating themes you’ll see. First and foremost, there’s of course the various bak kut teh restaurants at every other block, followed by seafood & tai chao restaurants, and then if you look closely, there’s also quite a few steamboat/hotpot sort of places.
A few weeks ago, we decided to check out one of those places.
Restoran Max Venture, quite a weird name for a kopitiam
This particular restaurant is situated a stone’s throw away from Mae Porn Thai, one of our regular Thai restaurants, so you could say that we’ve been curious for quite a while prior to giving it a try.
Ordering is simple, you get a set for two pax for something like RM 30, which comes with assortment of vegetables, mushroom, tofu, imitation crab, egg, meehun, bakwa, a couple prawns and sliced pork.
Thai style hot pot, grill & soup two in one
The hot pot is heated up with charcoal and has a grilling dome at the center and a ring of soup surrounding it. To start, you grill some pork lard to oil the pot, then one by one goes the prawn, pork slices, and other ingredients. Be sure to stuff the cabbage in the soup too, by the time your grill items are done, the cabbage gets to soak up all those juice and makes for a very sweet, delicious soup too.
KY & Haze, was a nice long leisure dinner
Places like these are quite popular around Klang, if you’re ever looking for dinner around the area, perhaps it should be in your short list. Happy eating!
Address: Restoran Max Venture Pelangi Point, Lintang Pekan Baru, Off Jalan Meru, Klang, 41150 Selangor GPS: 3.064707, 101.452734
A few weeks ago we made a trip to Seri Kembangan and met up with some relatives for a Yong Tau Foo lunch for the simple reason of the wife’s aunt saying this was the place to go for yong tau foo, so we did.
Our destination was Sister Kam (google map would say Sister Lam), a corner simple kopitiam set up with basic facilities, but also one that has a pretty busy kitchen with about half a dozen workers preparing yong tau foo on the spot. Parking was an easy enough affair, and we were lucky enough to get a table without having to wait.
some of the yong tau foo choices, made fresh on location
Ordering can be done via a piece of paper ala most dimsum style, you put a number next to the type of yong tau foo you want, and some 10 minutes later they’ll appear on your table. If you’re curious as to how they’ll look like, simply walk to the area near the kitchen and you’ll get to see many of the ready made ytf pieces on display just eagerly waiting to get into your stomach.
various types of ytf, plus curry chicken & hakka fried pork
For the 6 of us, we ordered a mixture of fried and soup version of yong tau foo. Additionally we also had a serving of curry chicken and hakka fried pork.
The yong tau foo were fresh and most importantly, with fish paste that are of pretty good quality. I enjoyed the hakka fried pork, but thought the curry chicken was a little light (though the potato was good).
We paid about RM 15 per person for the experience, which was pretty reasonable considering the fact that we also had some coconuts to go with. If you’re around the area it would be a decent place to fill up your stomach, but I would maybe think twice if I had to make a 45 minutes drive.