Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Breakfast at Bakti Woodlands, Kuala Lumpur

I'm holidaying in Malaysia for a couple of weeks, and my waistline is increasing exponentially. If you don't get that eating is a big deal in Malaysia, note that Aveena and I drove for an hour through peak hour traffic (including stops to pick up Bikash and Yuan Lih) into the heart of Kuala Lumpur just to have breakfast. Breakfast Indian-style is a hearty, spicy affair, a world away from my daily rushing-off-to-work staple of weet-bix and milk.

One of my favourite Indian spots in KL is the oddly named Bakti Woodlands Vegetarian Food Cafe (55 Leboh Ampang, KL 50100, just around the corner from Masjid Jamek LRT Station). On both my visits there we have encountered communication difficulties in ordering (the waiting staff appear to be fresh in from Tamil Nadu), but there is a dizzying array of choices on offer, including many things not found in the average Indian eatery. South Indian is the specialty here (as you tend to expect in Malaysia), but with North Indian dishes creeping in as well.


Above: Uppuma, a savoury semolina pudding which is a typical breakfast dish, served with sambar (a soupy South Indian dahl) and coconut chutneys.




Above: I was particularly impressed by the puffiness of this puri (fried bread), although the one on the right had deflated a moment beforehand. Served with sambar and spicy mashed potato.


Above: masala milk - hot milk infused with saffron (hence the freaky yellow colour), sugar, cardamom and who knows what else. Very nice. Behind it is fresh milk tea.


Above: paneer uthappam - a pancake made from fermented ground rice and urid dal, topped with grated paneer (cottage cheese).


I had to sleep again after this breakfast.

See also:

Being vegetarian in Malaysia

The Malaysian-Indian food experience

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