Recently, both me and Cumi have been totally smitten with the Malay Rice at D’Anis Putri/ Rozita Catering. Known simply as Anis Putri Corner, this comfortable, spacious and almost always packed to the rafters restaurant is situated somewhere in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur (not too far from Gasing Indah and the Pantai Baru Highway).
don’t drop your spoon in the deep pot of beef curry or it will be gone forever!
This restaurant serves a fantastic variety of Malay dishes as well as a wide variety of Kelantanese food. They do special in-house dishes like Malay style cooked duck, which is difficult to get in any run of the mill Malay restaurant, and some hot favourites like the Ikan Panggang (grilled fish) and Gulai Daging Kawah (dry beef rendang). You need to get there early to get a place to sit, as it gets really crowded during lunchtime. But don’t worry, the turnover is fast, and there are always people coming and going. There is even a comfortable air-conditioned dining section for those who do not take well to the heat.
From traditional Malay dishes to grilled and deep oil fried chicken or fish with spices, you name it, this place has it. The seafood selection is great too, and I am crazy about the lala dishes as well as the balitong. Balitong are snails, or if you want to be more “French” about it.. Escargot! Lala are succulent clams cooked in a delicate sauce that makes you want to suck the be-juices out of it. Then there is the Ulam counter that covers raw vegetables in every form, that goes with the delicious tempoyak that I crave and love. It has to be said that I don’t like eating durian, but Tempoyak that is made with durian, that, I like! They also do a great Ikan Patin Tempoyak at Anis Putri Corner. This is made with patin fish, which has been soaked in tamarind juice and lime juice for an hour to get rid of the fishy smell/taste. The tempoyak paste is added to the pan of fried shallots, chili padi and tumeric, mixed evenly with water and brought to the boil . The fish is then added to the mix, along with birds eye chillies, julienned galangal, laksa leaves (daun kesum), sugar and salt. This makes a delicious meal with rice and ulam.
the deliciously stinky and addictive tempoyak
Most of the dishes here at Anis Putri are well prepared – they have distinctively unique flavours, the dishes are not too salty, and the sauce is just heavenly and mouth-wateringly good when you drench it all over your rice. You will end up drinking every last drop up! Though the restaurant is large and spacious, Anis Putri is yet again undergoing renovations – they are installing a rather modern looking annexe to accommodate even more tables for dining. Anis Putri is also more hygienic than your average Malay restaurant – I hardly noticed any flies, it has several accessible and clean toilets, as well as many strategically placed basins with soap etc.
Drinking water is free but you may order your other drinks from the staff clad in brown uniforms with the D’Anis Putri/ Rozita Catering logo printed on the back, who will come around to take your order, and also to see what you have taken and give you your bill. You can settle it on the way out. Such is the trust of the Muslim community, and I think that’s a great way to do business.
ikan bakar (grilled fish)
a massive spread
this place is so packed at lunchtime
nasi kunyit (tumeric rice)
Nasi Kunyit is basically glutinous rice flavoured with turmeric. Not only does the turmeric gives the rice a nice golden colour, it also gives it a very pleasant flavour. This dish goes fab with a spicy bowl of Malay chicken curry!
ikan panggang rempah (grilled chicken with spices)
Lunchtime! My choice – lala (shellfish) with curry leaves, fried chicken and beef rendang
Cumi’s choice – spiced chicken, mutton, acar (malay pickled vegetables) and rice
ikan pangang with a spicy gravy(left), and ulam with tempoyak (right)
different chillies to go with your Ulam
solitary lonesome balitong (type of sea snails).. half hour later, no more left! Super popular, you better get in there fast!
Anis Putri Corner
Just like McDonald’s, they have a children’s play section
…minus the health and safety guidelines
the new and modern annexe
across the road, yet another dining area that belongs to Anis Putri Corner – their “kingdom” is massive and keeps on expanding
This dining area is fashioned after the traditional Malay house, where you sit on mats on the the floor to eat.
sweet eggy dessert
A sweet eggy dessert for Cumi.. as if he did not eat enough already! Groan
Add: No. 4, Jalan Pantai Dalam, Pantai Dalam, 59200 Kuala Lumpur Tel: (+60) 19-282-6908 Open everyday of the week, except for Fridays (that’s prayer day for the Muslims)