Authentic Sri Lankan food – try Lankan Cafe at Jalan Gasing PJ

Sri Lankan restaurants are few and far between in the Klang Valley but in recent months two (2) Sri Lankan restaurants popped up in PJ area.

What got my attention was the prices.
Yes, that may seem unusual to you but the first and last Sri Lankan meal I had in Klang Valley was at Aaliya which can lighten your wallet considerably if you’re from the middle income group.

In fact, to date, if you were to ask your friends in KL for recommendations for a Sri Lankan meal, you’re likely to encounter a blank stare and if you’re lucky, someone might mention Aaliya, since it has been around for a long time and likely the first “known” Sri Lankan food joint in KL.

So when Sean posted about Lankan Cafe, I read about their set meals which starts from RM13.90 and thought hey, this I can afford!
Besides, Lankan Cafe offers set meals for single pax so that suits me perfectly.

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Then came the CNY season where food options were slightly limited due to closure of many hawker stalls.

Now if you’re new to Sri Lankan cuisine, names like puttu, kottu and iddiyappam might be a tad confusing.

It didn’t help that the menu here doesn’t even have some blurry images to help you out.
Nope, it was all black fonts with nary a description.

Lankan Cafe menu: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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I only know of putu as in putu mayam (string hoppers) or putu piring (steamed white flat disc), both normally eaten with sweet condiments like palm sugar and fresh coconut.

Here puttu is brown, cylinder-shaped thing that is eaten with savouries like curries and vegetables!

As a matter of fact, it is a main course.

BELOW: A puttu meal that I shot from another table.

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iddiyappam is string hoppers or what we normally know as putu mayam.

Kottu is actually a roti-canai alike flatbread. It is popularly eaten chopped up and fried together with vegetables and meat.
Yup, like fried bread pieces.

I know, Sri Lankan can be a bit weird for the uninitiated.

But Sri Lankan recipes make copious use of strong spices and hell lot of chillies; resulting to dishes that are fiery, utterly delicious and rich in flavours.

If you pursue the 3 page menu I shared above, you would notice that the offerings are limited and pretty set daily.
You can only get kottu at night, 6 set lunches in the afternoons and some basic grub for breakfast.

Oh, I forgot the tea menu, which starts at 3 pm after lunch.
I had the RM9.00 dual apam set and I loved both apam.

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The edges of the appam were crispy while the center is wobbly soaked in rich coconut milk. It is sweet and fragrant. I love apam and I love it even more with an egg!

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My lunch here was the Rice Set with Mutton (RM16.90). I opted for rice (you can select iddiyappam or puttu for additional RM2).

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BELOW: The brinjal, one of the vegetable side.

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Both vegetables were bloody spicy (cabbage and brinjal). The rice was normal while the yellow, sweet tapioca curry was delicious.
The mutton curry portion was decent with about 6 -7 small chunks of meat.

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I ordered a milk ginger tea to douse the heat in my mouth and enjoyed the rich mouthfeel of the tea.
I suspect they use fresh milk.

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For dinner, I had the Puttu Kottu Mutton (RM11.90).

This was my first time eating puttu and I enjoyed it a lot!
It wasn’t as spicy and it reminded me of fried couscous. It was like a flavoured fried rice with chunks of  meat.
It came with a side of sweet chutney and some crackers.

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Will I be back?
Well, I don’t see anything that appeals to me on the breakfast menu nor the lunch.
Lunch is simply rice (or puttu /iddiyappam) with sides while dinner is just kottu again, though with choices of puttu, iddiyappam or roti.

However, I don’t mind returning on a Sunday for their RM38/pax Sunday lunch buffet.
I was promised authentic Sri Lankan crab curry and unlimited curries.

So yes, anyone wants to join me for the Sunday buffet?
I hope you are game to have your tongue on fire!  🙂

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Lankan Cafe,
388, 1st Floor, Jalan 5/59,
Bukit Gasing, PJ, Selangor.
Hours: Tues – Sun, 10 am-10 pm.
Tel: +603-7772-2575


Other Sri Lankan restaurants in KL/PJ:


1. Aliyaa – Damansara
2. Restoran Yarl – Brickfields

3. Rasai Machan (Authentically Sri Lankan)
Ridzuan Condominium, Jalan PJS 10/11A SUNWAY.