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.
Exotic Curry House
39, Lorong Tingkat,
41000 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.039962, 101.447853
Hidden at the alley just right behind the Honda Showroom at Jalan Imbi sits a hawker stall that has a sign that says See Kee Curry Puff. The stall is pretty old, and the operator even older. In fact, it’s been over 30 years since the old uncle first sells his curry puff at this area (source.)
see kee curry puffs has been around for more than 30 years
And this was the first time I tried one. After having Ipoh Hor Fun for lunch at Pau Kee just a stone’s throw away, my colleague suggested and bought us some. There’s two types of curry puffs available here, between chicken & mutton, the option was easy. I’ve never tried mutton curry puff.
the mutton curry puff is excellent!
The mutton curry puff (RM 1.50) has chunks of mutton nested in potato & curry gravy encased in the golden crispy pastry shell, it was different yet familiar, and made me wonder why isn’t there more places that sells this? A bit more savory and slightly stronger tasting, I love it. The chicken version is said to be top notch too.
Give me this mutton curry puff anytime over Ikea’s version, thank you very much.
Restaurant Pau Kee
(next to Honda showroom)
off Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.145658, 101.715414
Everyone knows about Char Kuih Teow and Hokkien mee in Penang, but do you know that you can find one of the best road side roti canai place on the little island too? Hungry stomachs seeking something other than Chinese food in Penang rejoice, as a bonus, it’s Halal mamak food, too.
just look at the curry beef!
The stall is located at Transfer Road a stone’s throw away from the Chulia Street junction, in the heart of Georgetown, Penang. The must-try item is not exactly the roti canai itself, but the curry beef that is the side order for the roti canai. The meat is absolutely tender and never over cooked, it tastes sweet and juicy. I had the beef with roti telur and a glass of teh ais for breakfast, and everything came to less than RM 4, if I remember correctly.
the patented KY’s map
If you are in Penang looking for something different, or something halal, do try this out!
Jalan Transfer, Penang
GPS: 5.420884, 100.330694