The Khukri @ Jalan Silang, Pudu KL


You will recognize them distinctly in a crowd.

Their favourite hang-out being the blocks around the Pudu bus station, which is one of the busiest areas in down-town KL.

To many foreigners, when they think of Nepal, the image invariably is of a remote mountainous country with its snow covered Himalayan peaks, deep valleys, and Mongoloid people quietly tilling their hill terraced farms.

When Malaysians think Nepalese, they think immigrant workers, strange food and a race that they sometime do not quite understand or trust.

The Nepali cuisine, also known as the cuisine of the Himalayas, bears its uniqueness by incorporating the two great culinary traditions of the region, Indian and Tibetan, into a mainstream culinary culture of its own, which reflects the geographic and demographic diversity of the Himalayas. Nepal, a tiny country by any geographic measurements, stretches from the lowlands of the sub-tropical Terai plains in the south to the highlands of the Himalayas, as dominated by the majestic reign of Mt. Everest, in the north. Hence, Nepal has resurrected its own unique cultural identity into a harmonious culture, combining different traditions of different indigenous cultures rooting on all corners of the country.


We went in search of The Khukri (which means Dagger in napalese), because it has been touted as the most ‘trendy’ and foreigner friendly of the lot. Great nepalese food at affordable prices we heard.. we could not wait to get cracking… but, erm.. first, we had to find the place.


Getting to the Khukri was proving to be quite an adventure… just look at how many wrong turns we took, up dodgy, dirty stairwells looking for this place…

Eek.. I hung close to my man… worried that I would get lynched at the next corner…


Luckily not…!

Phew we made it! Sweating like a pig… (from anxiety as well as the noon day heat), I demand they give me a cold drink quick!


Pop-corn for starters..

Recycled paper for a menu! How cool!



As if to read my mind, the sassy waitress tells me to order and sends over a tall, cold glass of Mahi – This is a traditional drink in Nepal. It is made from dahi (yogurt like milk product) prepared from whole or skimmed milk dahi fermented either by natural souring or by ‘artificial’ lactic acid bacteria.
In India, mahi is known as lassi and largely used as a liquid drink. In Nepal, mahi is consumed as a drink as well as with food.
It slinked down my throat like water from an oasis to a camel in the sweltering SAHARA.

Bliss.


The food of Nepal is as diverse as the country itself. The Nepalese recipes are quick to cook and good to eat. Nepalese food is famous for its nutrition level and tempting taste. Whilst Nepalese cuisine is somewhat basic, it certainly does not lack in flavor, making extensive use of spices and flavorings such as ginger, garlic, coriander, pepper, cumin, chilies, cilantro, mustard oil, ghee and occasionally yak butter.

Now we were ready to start with the Momo! What is a momo? They are dumplings filled with minced meat, served steamed or fried. A terrifically popular appetizer, afternoon snack or evening meal. We chose lamb out off all the meat options, and rightly so. It was moist and fragrant with coriander and dry spices, and the skin was perfectly al-dante.

The coriander and spices took the edge off what would otherwise have been ‘gamy’ tasting lamb stuffing… The sweet soup accompanying the dumplings is pungent, whilst meaty in flavour. Heaven in a bite!


When we courageously ordered the Dhedo, our sassy lady waitress looked skeptical as if to say “are you sure you can stomach the Dhedo.. you Chinese amateur…”

Haha… kidding.. but honestly she looked really dubious.


The most average Nepali people have this Dhedo as a meal. It is made of different kinds of flours, ranging from wheat to millet, which is boiled until thick.

The Dhedo, in reality, we soon found, resembles half a sphere of a brown substance with a volcano, crater-like indent at the top, filled with GHEE! This stodgy lump of thickened flour, will not suit everyone’s taste-buds.

I.e. it has a slightly gummy and fibrous texture but bland taste (like saw dust ! haha… kidding) which amazingly went great with the accompanying curries and gundruk (vegetables). Because of harsh conditions prevailing in the highlands of the Himalayas, foods are preserved by dehydrating or fermenting staple ingredients during their growing season. Examples include Sukuti – dehydrated meat and Gundruk – fermented vegetables.


Feeling emboldened by being able to stomach the Dhedo, we proceeded to order the Sukuti ra bhat. Sukuti is dried buffalo meat! Black and chewy like beef JERKY, they resemble little black square CUBES! I chewed till my jaw was sore I tell ya! For this dish the jerky is grilled over charcoal or wood, and then simmered till dry with tomatoes, onions, and lots of chopped cilantro leaves and stems. It was good.. but a little too hard for me…



Finally after a long negotiation with my man (who isn’t as into/a fan of, the spare-parts, as I am), we had the Poleko Khan, which was roasted whole TONGUE and EAR of the pig, with achar. Animal FAT, meat and cartilage… cut into bite sizes..
Again I was Gobsmacked. Speechless. Over the moon.
The dish was chewy with a nice barbeque flavour and that typical Himalayan meaty pungence and feel.

Ok, ok… I think we have out-done ourselves today with the experimenting… My stomach feels like it’s about to burst…

Time to go home and unwind…

Hmmm… some place safe and a little less unfamiliar would suit me just fine, right about now.. :)

Add:
The Khukri,
26 Jalan Silang,
First Floor,
Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.

Food:8/10
Price: for 2 persons, RM40… affordable!
Service: V good
MSG levels: nil
Salt levels : high
Ghee levels : VERY high!

Comments

  1. where IS this place? looks so rundown, but the food so special! not one I’ve heard of, or tasted.
    thanks, you really know your way when it comes to food huh? :)

  2. Popcorn for starters!!
    You r one adventurous gal man!

  3. "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    wah! ghee overdoes..definitely not for the faint hearted..judging from ur description!

  4. backstreetgluttons says:

    the winding up & sideways would also have nepali-fied us before we are hit by the strange bits and pieces from momoland ! thank god you made it down safely for isn’t this the place in between lost Sikkim and troubled Tibet ? We have yet to see a Nepali lady in red though in da Pudu front streets ( maybe at the back ?)

  5. Big Boys Oven says:

    hahahaha I find this post with such a humour even it was not written it that way. Your exploration for food really excites me now, I cant wait to read more of your up coming posts!

  6. CUMI & CIKI says:

    j2kfm:
    it’s behind the Kota Raya area.. u know? many mobile phone shops and other small shops selling clothes and other nicknacks.. Also quite a few Burmese shops/canteens..

    pomelo:
    adventure’s the name, and eating’s the game!

    joe:
    ghee whiz.. it’s full of Ghee! lol

    team bsg:
    the lady in red.. was dancing w me.. heehee

    bigboysoven:
    more posts coming right up.. stay tuned ;)

  7. boo_licious says:

    I love this place….and it looks like it has changed from previously. Hee hee, it took me a while to explore this since I had a phobia abt going here alone but worth it. Now, I wonder if I am brave enuf to go explore the other place Robyn blogged abt before, behind Kota Raya.

  8. CUMI & CIKI says:

    boo_licious:
    where is the other place.. lets go together .. lol.. i’l bring along big brawny men to protect us! this Robyn guy seems like my kinda foodie.. i think these off the beaten track places are the hidden gems of KL – exotic, a lil dangerous but colorful and exciting.

  9. mingsuan says:

    I never knew you were such an intrepid foodie – next time we are back in KL and need some recommendations I am calling you!!!!

  10. CUMI & CIKI says:

    mingsuan:
    when r u back in kl woman

  11. Nic (KHKL) says:

    just when i’m stuffed with stuffed dumplings in stuffed chinese restaurants, my mind is now stuffed with the stuffed momo and it wont take long before i stuff myself with these lovely stuffed stuff. thanks for the recommendation!

  12. CUMI & CIKI says:

    nic:
    stuff away!

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