Bismillah Restoran @ Taiping – 110 Years of LegacyJune 16, 2010 | 7,900 views
An old favourite of many in Taiping, and from places beyond …. Bismillah Restoran on Main Road (Jalan Taming Sari) should be enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Building!
Midweek Blues anyone? Or plain reeling from the late night footie matches on the telly, or down at your favourite watering hole? Here’s something to sober you up …..
A perfectly simple, MALAYSIAN breakfast at one of the coolest town (in every sense of the word) in Malaysia; Taiping.
Daging Itam (a type of dark, fiery and robust spiced Beef dish) RM2.50/USD0.70 per portion.
Bismillah Restoran in Taiping is a century’s old establishment, and has been around at this same building for close to 80 years now. Yes, count them, EIGHT DECADES of legacy.
Famous for their Roti Canai, and also serving Roti Telur, Thosai, Nasi Briyani, and the usual ‘mamak’ (Indian-Muslim) fares, this charming eatery should not be mistaken for that famous Bismillah Cendol on Jalan Barrack, although they are sharing the same name …
Just look at the number of prepared dough for the Roti Canai, and you’ll understand why people come flocking to this place since ages ago
We were there for breakfast on the same day that we had a great Hainanese lunch at Wan Li. Arriving at about 10am, the place was already buzzing with people; and we had to be seated at the back portion of the shop. The blue mosaic floors, the antique clock on the wall, rickety wooden staircase leading to the upper floor, and the ceramic tiles lining the walls (with the restaurant’s name displayed artistically with green tiles instead of white!) all exuded a sense of nostalgia. You can’t help but wonder if the ambience has not changed since their inception aeons ago.
A breakfast at Bismillah is not rushed; as you’d be tempted to sit back, take a sip of teh tarik (Malaysia’s famous pulled milk tea) and slowly, nonchalantly tear that piece of roti canai apart and savour ….
A thick, crispy and fluffy Roti Canai at Bismillah Restoran
Being seated at the rear portion of the shop, we missed most of the action in front. The stretching of the dough, the tossing and flipping of the roti, and the bustling crowd tucking in into their roti’s. But we were not complaining one bit; for we believed it was the food that matter most.
Strange enough, it’s the first time we’re scratching our heads when placing our orders for simple milk tea … there’s the usual Teh Tarik, BUT …. there is also Teh Cawan. And of course, the iced version; Teh Ais. Not to mention the Teh C, Teh O ….. @_@
Clockwise from top left : Roti Telur all torn up, the Sambal Dhal, the whole ensemble of Roti Canai, Sambal Dhal and their signature Daging Itam, and Sugar for the Roti’s, anyone?
I read from a blog somewhere (I am so sorry, but I have lost your URL) on how the Roti Canai MUST go with their Daging Itam (I hope I got the spelling right!). The dark, almost blackish pile of beef was infused with so much spices and chillies, one bite and I was sold.
Very intense, robust and tender, the plate of beef that resembled the more common Rendang Daging tasted redolent of cumin, shallots and a little sweetness from the sweet soy sauce (kicap manis) used. However, this must be paired with plain roti canai, or white rice, as the beef was a tad salty on its own.
If Roti’s are not your preference, pick from the variety of dishes (nasi berlauk) to go with white rice, or Nasi Briyani. Yes, you can have an early lunch/brunch here.
The Roti Canai at Bismillah was good; one of those type with substance rather than airy, crispy and light (the Pandamaran’s superb version comes to mind). But I have had better versions elsewhere. The Sambal Dhal was a letdown however, being a little too watery to my liking. And you can request for sugar instead; a throwback to the childhood moments when curries was a big no-no.
Don’t blame yourself for forgetting which era you’re in, once stepping in. Now if only this type of restaurants can last another century or so ……
Restoran Bismillah (HALAL)
138, Jalan Taming Sari,
34000 Taiping, Perak,
Telephone : 605-808 5946
Business Hours : 6am – 9pm everyday
(Closed during Friday prayers, from about 12-2pm)