7 Go-to spots for the best ‘thosai’ in Klang Valley
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To be living in multicultural Malaysia means we have access to a multitude of cuisines and flavours any time of the day. From Malay to Chinese and Indian food, the choices are aplenty and widely available too. This month, we're sharing a few favourite roti of ours and where to find them (note: it is not an extensive list!) in the Klang Valley. And, we want you to tell us your highlights as well, just scroll to the bottom to vote or leave us a comment if your favourite is not in the list.
A 'thosai' by any other name
Some call it dosa, others refer to it as thosai, tosai or dhosai. It can get a little confusing but there's nothing puzzling about its flavour or texture. Thosai is a South Indian type of crepe made with fermented batter of rice and pulses. With a brush of ghee on top and you can find this fragrant thosai served with sambar, chutney and various stuffing. Here's where we love to get our dose of thosai fix:
1) MTR 1924, Brickfields
Over at MTR 1924 you can find a variety of thosai, idli and vadeh that will leave you satisfied. While many have waxed lyrical about the plain thosai that is crispy and fragrant with a side serving of ghee, you can also get a variety of flavoursome thosai with different fillings such as potato, onion and etc. One of the unique ones to try is the Pudi Masala Dosa—an open-faced crepe sprinkled generously with umami pudi (curry powder) on top.
Address: 69, Jalan Thambipillay, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Monday – Friday: 8am – 3.30pm and 5pm – 10.30pm
Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 10.30pm
Contact: 03-2276 4924
2) Bala's Banana Leaf, Bangsar
While this restaurant – as its name would suggest – serves up a mean banana leaf spread, there's no mistaking the popularity of its pink-coloured thosai that's been popping up on social media. If you're wondering, the bright pink shade is all au naturel, coming from beetroot. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also try out other alternatives that are made with spinach, carrot, sweet potato and more.
Address: 21, Lorong Ara Kiri 1, Lucky Garden, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 7am – 12am daily
Contact: 03-2201 7107
3) Asian Rice Pot
A hidden gem! Word has it that this is the place to head to if you want to enjoy authentic Indian food in a modern setting (read: air-conditioning). The selection of vegetables, curries and meat will leave you salivating. But if you want something light, try the ghee thosai or tisu thosai amongst other roti available here.
Address: 11, Jalan SS5A/11, SS 3, 47301 Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 8am – 9.30pm
Contact: 03-7874 6911
4) The Ganga Café, Bangsar and Sea Park PJ
This restaurant is best known for its vegetarian offering but that doesn't mean the thosai should be ignored. In fact, it'll do you good to order its rawa thosai, a crispy crepe made with semolina batter, crunchy onions, carrots and curry leaves. Trust us, one is never enough as you take a bite into the thin, flavourful thosai.
17, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
24, Jalan 21/19, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya
Bangsar outlet: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 10pm; Sunday: 10am – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm
Sea Park outlet: Tuesday – Sunday: 8.30am – 9.30pm
Contact: 03-2284 2119 (Bangsar) / 03-7494 3826 (Sea Park PJ)
5) Krishna Curry House, PJ
Since starting its business in the 1990s, Krishna Curry House has climbed the popularity ladder steadily with its serving of banana leaf rice, claypot mutton curry and chicken varuval among others. Come breakfast time however, a constant stream of early risers flock to the restaurant to savour its arrays of roti and thosai.
Address: D-G & E-G, Jalan SS9A/19, Section 51A, Seri Setia Sungei Way, 47300 Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: 7am – 10pm daily
Contact: 03-7865 7469
6) Stall No.7, Jalan Penchala Food Court, PJ
Don't be fooled by this nondescript stall located inside a food court with its no-frills menu. The husband and wife team only serves thosai and idli, and they have been doing it to perfection for the last 25 years. Go for the crispy thosai or opt for a spongier version called thosai rumah—paired with pungent tomato or coconut chutneys.
Address: Food court at the end of Jalan Penchala, PJ Old Town
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 6am – 6pm
7) Restoran Ratha Raub, PJ
Hailing from the small town of Raub, Pahang, this restaurant specialises in fish head curry. But diners have also been singing praises for its roti canai and thosai. Choose from onion thosai to paper thosai, ghee thosai, rawa thosai and etc. Paired with its delicious curry and you're all set for a hearty meal.
Address: 32, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: 7am – 10pm daily
Contact: 03-7496 7545
Where do you head to for 'thosai'? Scroll through the gallery below and vote for your favourite below. Don't see your go-to spot? Leave us a comment to share yours.