Old Andersonian Cafeteria, Ipoh – Banana Leaf Curry RiceSeptember 27, 2009 | 8,856 views
Banana Leaf Curry Rice – A luscious, complete meal. So is this Malaysian, Singaporean, or true-blue Indian? 🙂
Old Andersonian Club & Cafeteria serves authentic Moghul cuisine & Banana Leaf Rice, at the most unassuming location in Ipoh city. This cafeteria/canteen-like restaurant has been operating beside SMK Anderson (Anderson secondary school )on Jalan Hospital Ipoh for a good many years now. Facing the Sultan Iskandar roundabout connecting Jalan Hospital and Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, Old Andersonian Cafeteria is unlike your average spicier and robust South Indian eatery, but instead specializing on Moghul (North Indian) cuisine.
A classic of an outlet serving banana leaf curry rice. Notice the airy environment, with opened windows, shady trees at its own parking lot, and a spacious interior setting.
Ladles of red and golden elixirs, unlimited servings of vegetables and sides (the pumpkin was delicious), and the compulsor crispy papadom crackers.
Old Andersonian Club is an alumni association of sorts (correct me if I’m wrong) but rest assured this cafeteria is opened to the public daily, for lunch and dinner. The special dishes for lunch and dinner are listed on a white board on the outside, and I believe they’re updated/changed from time to time.
Sour & appetizing Rasam to perk your tastebuds …..
We ordered the banana leaf rice sets for lunch, with choices of chicken, mutton or fish curry. You can also choose between having your curry with white rice, or Nasi Briyani. We opted for the former, to avoid over-indulging and subsequently ‘drugged’ to sleep in the office. Plus, curries go better with white rice, don’t you think so?
Dry Curry Chicken – Milder than the Southern counterpart, but richer and creamier
A complimetary steel cup containing Rasam was served with the sets. The sour soup is commonly available in banana leaf restaurants, containing tangy tomatoes, herbs, spices and lots of pepper. The sourness of the Rasam served at Old Andersonian Cafeteria is acceptable, unlike the one at Samy’s in Chemor. Some like their Rasam with a little kick though, redolent with spices and on a whole different level of sourness, but I wouldn’t want to suffer from gastric problems before a meal!
Dry Mutton Curry
The accompanying greens came in four different types, the usual stir-fried cabbage, pickled cucumbers, a tangy tomato chutney, and my favourite for the day, the pumpkins. The dry curry chicken tasted a little unusual, with a dense, and rich flavour (suspected to be yoghurt or milk in the gravy), and milder than the spicier South Indian curries. The mutton was merely passable, with more veins and fats than meat. But packed with flavours, and I do have a soft spot for Indian’s mutton dishes, for I find them very gamey (yeah, I kinda like the acquired taste, or ‘sou mei’ in Cantonese).
Looks like a canteen eh? Anything but a restaurant.
The meal was rather reasonable, priced at RM6 per person. You can order their lassi at RM3 per glass. Parking’s a breeze, with their own compound in front of the cafeteria, complete with tall and shady trees.
Previously I’ve heard of bad reviews and less than desirable feedbacks about this place. But our lunch there that afternoon was nothing short of satisfactory. True, there was not a particular dish that jumped at us, but the dining experience was above average in terms of quality, service, and pricing.
Old Andersonian Club & Cafeteria
932, Jalan Hospital,
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel & Fax No : 605-241 1615
H/P No : 6012-5017377
Opens daily for lunch (11am-3pm) and dinner (6-10pm).
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP TO OLD ANDERSONIAN CAFETERIA.