The soulful secrets of Sri Lankan cooking are waiting to be unearthed at an unlikely location, inside the students' cafeteria of Monash University Malaysia: A friendly matriarch & her family run this stall where customers can savour a sublimely hearty plate that's heaped with rice, devilled chicken, stewed tapioca, pumpkin curry, simmered lentils, mint sambol, fried bittergourd, grated coconut & banana blossoms for (wait for it) only RM10 - very possibly the most satisfying RM10 we've spent recently.
Honest flavours, textured food - you'll relish each spoonful with gusto, recognising that the meal will stick in your memory for a long time. Add a serving of roti wrapped around spiced potatoes if it's available; if the kitchen's not too busy, it can also prepare kottu (chopped stir-fried flatbread) to order, though the main highlight is the customisable mixed rice platters. Note that Monash University has strict security; try coming here with someone with access to the campus (a staff member or student), or if you're in a large-enough group, make arrangements in advance with Rasai Machan to assist in escorting you inside.
Monash University Malaysia, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Daily for breakfast, lunch & early dinner. Tel: 019-385-3727
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