Banana Leaf Rice

Banana Leaf Rice at Old Andersonian Club and Cafeteria

Proud To Be Malaysian

Being typically Malaysian, we are foodies …. and it’s a blessing to be in a country where we have a multitude of different cuisines due to our cultural backgrounds such as Malay, Chinese, Indian, or even Thai(!). Like everything else in Malaysia, our food is a flamboyant combination of all the diverse people who make up our country. Here at home, there is always an abundance of places to eat at any time of the day, from expensive restaurants to simple street stalls or hawker centers. Are dishes too mainstream? Let’s go for banana leaf!

Another Hidden Gems In Ipoh

Since we always reviewing Chinese and Malay food, it’s time to taste some banana leaf curry rice. We decided to trod down to Old Andersonian Club & Cafeteria (which is the alumnus of Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan Anderson) located at the corner of D.R. Seenivasagam roundabout which, coincidentally near the school itself. After some digging, this cafeteria is one of the top 10 best authentic Indian cuisines in Ipoh and it has been famous in serving authentic Moghul (Mughlai) cuisine and Banana Leaf Rice since 2006 according to their owner, Mr. Karthar Singh. One of the unique points about this place? It serves the best of both worlds on one platter; Southern and Northern Indian fusion in the afternoon, and pure Northern Indian cuisine at night.

Hurry! Its Time For Curry!

When stepping into the cafeteria, we came to realize that most of the tables are pre-booked with ‘reserved’ signs; but thank our lucky stars, managed to get a bigger table for the girl’s lunch date! Since it’s our first time here (locals from Ipoh don’t really get around! Surprise! Surprise!), we didn’t know what to order and asked for some suggestions and explanations from the friendly owner. Lunch was buffet style where you get to pick what you want and it will be served to you.

We leaf-in it

Each of us was given a piece of banana leaf with white rice on top. On the table came the usual 4 vegetable/chutney accompaniments of the day with choices of 3 Curry – Chicken, Fish, and Dhal (Lentil). While some prefer mixing all 3 curries, some of us opted to try the Chicken and Dhal Curry mix on top of our white rice. We believed that chicken curry goes better with white rice, don’t you think? A complimentary steel cup containing Rasam (sour spicy Indian soup made from spices and dried chili. Every Indian home has its own secret recipe) was served with the sets.


Among many dishes displayed, we ordered some of the ‘must-have-dishes’ as in Chicken Masala, Mutton Vindaloo with Potatoes, Baby Squid with Yogurt and Turmeric, Chicken & Fish Cutlet, Fried Chicken, Shredded Fried Potatoes, Prawn Masala, and of course, Papadam. All of their dishes were served in a small round metal bowl (wondering why not banana leaf) and charged at RM12.00 per bowl generally with the exception of Mutton Vindaloo and Prawn Masala at RM14.00 for the more exorbitant dishes. Based on our past experience of having Indian food is that it can be very spicy at times. However, to our delight, it have the right amount of spices but was not chili spicy calling it the ‘perfect balance’. Of course, it’s based on our collective opinion. Some of our family members prefer it a little more spicy, but that’s another story…

Live life with a little spice

The Chicken Masala had the right amount of chili spice and creamy meatily tender. Many of us loved their Aloo Gobi; fried cauliflower with turmeric and spices and the cauliflower was softer after it soaked up the gravy, releasing its flavour. Some of us weren’t a big fan of lamb but tasted a bit of it since it is one of the famous dishes, to be honest, the first sip of it was rather spicy to us (this is the gang that can’t take spiciness) and so I stopped taking the second mouthful but honestly the mutton was tender, which is pretty rare these days.

Wondering The Total Cost?

Overall, the meal was quite satisfying! We would definitely come back for other dishes or maybe a cup of Mango Lassi next round! For 6 persons (including takeaway for papa), we spent about RM115.00. In other words, that comes about RM20.00 per person for an authentic Indian Cuisine was fairly reasonable as it is full of different types of spices. Worried about parking slots? Don’t worry as they have their own compound just in front of the cafeteria, quite well shaded as there is a big tree at the front of the cafeteria. For your information, this location is near Ipoh General Hospital. Thus, car parking can be hard to find, so it’s a golden egg that they have their own parking compound!

Our papa is Gordon Ramsay

Papa unfortunately was busy again, and he has this weird philosophy that if you eat food cold (he had the takeaway for dinner!) and if it taste’s good, then the food in his eyes would be good! The next day, he only said the same of the Spicy Gang – The Food was not spicy enough but the mutton was tender; perhaps the food would have tasted better on location when it was freshly cooked and hot. We could not coax any other comments out from him… hurm… A word of caution; don’t forget to make your reservation!

Old Andersonian Club & Cafeteria,  932, Jalan Hospital, Ipoh, Perak
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Opens daily for lunch 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Dinner is served from 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm

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