Banana Leaf Rice @ Nirvana Maju, Bangsar

September 22, 2009

The massage that was supposedly to be relaxing ended up making me felt like I am being beaten all over my body. My back is still aching from the elbow from the masseur. So much for having a relaxing massage right?


I was there from 1030 till 12pm and was supposed to meet up with Lin and Yam for banana leaf rice. The Thai Odyssey that I visited is in Jusco Cheras Selatan so it took about half an hour to reach Bangsar, quite fast as there’s not much traffic.

Nirvana Maju is actually on the same row with Madam Kwan’s opposite Bangsar Village II.


I was actually hoping that the place will have seats for 7 of us, as when we were walking towards the place, most of the other restaurants is not entirely full. But mana-tau, it’s so crowded that we have to wait for about 15 minutes before able to find a table for all of us, which we need to share with another couple as well.

The only banana leaf rice that I eaten before was Raju’s so we let Lin and Sui Lin do the ordering.


A standard set of banana leaf rice is something like above, where you will be given 3 types of veges, papadam (some sort like prawn biscuit) and rice with the type of curry that you like.

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The 3 types of veges that you will get is fried bittergourd (which is very good!), cooked long beans and sour-ish cucumber.

Here’s May and Yam preparing to eat!

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Traditionally, it’s ok to use your hands to eat banana leaf rice as there’s how they called blending in with the locals. But on that day, only me and Yam are using our hands, which until today still have the curry smell.

As we leave the ordering of the dishes to Lin and Sui Lin, these are their order.


Curry fish, mainly cooked with Ikan Tenggiri. The curry is thick and it’s great to go along with the rice. I am just wondering if the fried ones will taste better?


To those who can’t eat spicy, the Ayam Kicap (Chicken Soya Sauce) is a good alternative. Quite delicious even for someone like me who don’t always like food that is not spicy.


The fried chicken that I didn’t ate but I knew that it will be quite good.


May said the fried sotong is quite good also. I think should be lar because it’s the first dish that is being sapu’ed by them.


The dry mutton curry is not bad and a little on the spicier side. Great stuffs for me.

I think it’s also normal that when you go to eat banana leaf rice, you will order something like this.


Mango lassi, great to soother the spicy feeling in your mouth. It’s actually very special and taste really good. They must be using the famous mangoes from the Philippines.

It’s a great meal on a public holiday despite the crowd. The entire meal cost us about RM17 per person, which is quite alright. Will definitely frequent more often. Thanks Lin for bringing us to such a top notch curry rice!

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  • Reply Chin Chin September 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Wow, looks nice….very tempting but I can’t take spicy food!

    • Reply JD September 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm

      really, then next time can’t ajak you to briyani at ING already….

  • Reply Chin Chin September 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Is it the same like briyani at ING? The banana leaf rice looks more spicy…

  • Reply patrick September 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    i think your blog content and the appearance is getting much much better after last week!

  • Reply JD September 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Ok lar, consider that the traffic is still picking up after the migration.

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