For those who have read my previous post on Nice Spicy Food, Banana Leaf, you would have come across the post on Passion of Karala’s banana leaf rice. There are actually few outlets of Passion of Karala in Penang, one of them is located at Service Road off Burma Road and another at New World Park. The one that I am blogging this time is located at Lorong Endah 4, Brown Garden.
The easiest to get to this place is via Jalan Yap Chor Yee. By following the road which goes from Jalan Delima to Bukit Jambul watch out for the signboard of Taman Jade View, turn left at the junction to Jalan Permai, keep driving straight until you see a field on your right, and at this moment you have to slow down for the right turn, just after the turn you will see Passions of Kerala in front of you.
The prices of all the food are listed down on a white board even before you enter the shop. It is good for first comers who are wary of their expenditure.
The prices of drinks are also listed near to the counter just after you enter the shop.
The banana leaf set (RM4.50) which I have ordered came with four types of vegetable. All these four vegetables came in 4 different tastes – sweet, sour, salty and spicy. All of them were very tasty.
The “Dalcha” (vegetable mix curry) were poured on top of your rice before you started your meal. You can also choose to have chicken curry and fish curry as alternatives.
I have ordered a Mango Lassi (RM3.50). The taste of the lassi is still up to standard with the average thickness and sweetness. Lassi serves as a good neutralizer for the spicy food that you had. However, I am a bit disappointed to have the cup presented that way. I was expecting the cup to be the one that was normally used for milk shake in Karala at Service Road rather than this normal plastic cup.
The fish curry (RM4) that I have ordered as side dish is nice, and the spiciness and the thickness of the curry is marvellous. I just love the taste of the fish curry. Again, the drawback of this dish is the plastic bowl. It really looks to like I am back to kindergarten eating instant noodle.
3 pieces of fried chicken (RM7.50). Crispy and crunchy which were fresh from hot wok. This was a nice combination with the banana leaf set. Again the presentation of the food is so “potong steam” (disappointed). If this was served at Karala at Service Road they would have served the chicken on top of a banana leaf on a plate.
Rassam soup, the cleansing soup to clear off the excessive fat and cholesterol after the heavy meal. The soup was very sour, for those who doens’t like sour, beware when you order this.
Overall the taste of the food is comparable to the one at Service Road. I have no complain on the environment as it is quite cosy. The only thing that needs to be improved is the utensils that are used to serve the customers.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 12:00noon – 3:30pm; 6:30pm – 10:30pm (7 days a week)
Contact: 04-657 8550 (Gary G.V. Nair, Managing Director)
Address:5, Lorong Endah 4, Tmn Brown, Gelugor. 11700 Penang.