Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rasai Machan Sri Lankan Food @ Monash University

The soulful secrets of Sri Lankan cooking are waiting to be unearthed at an unlikely location, inside the students' cafeteria of Monash University Malaysia: A friendly matriarch & her family run this stall where customers can savour a sublimely hearty plate that's heaped with rice, devilled chicken, stewed tapioca, pumpkin curry, simmered lentils, mint sambol, fried bittergourd, grated coconut & banana blossoms for (wait for it) only RM10 - very possibly the most satisfying RM10 we've spent recently.

Honest flavours, textured food - you'll relish each spoonful with gusto, recognising that the meal will stick in your memory for a long time. Add a serving of roti wrapped around spiced potatoes if it's available; if the kitchen's not too busy, it can also prepare kottu (chopped stir-fried flatbread) to order, though the main highlight is the customisable mixed rice platters. Note that Monash University has strict security; try coming here with someone with access to the campus (a staff member or student), or if you're in a large-enough group, make arrangements in advance with Rasai Machan to assist in escorting you inside.

Rasai Machan
Monash University Malaysia,  Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor. 
Daily for breakfast, lunch & early dinner. Tel: 019-385-3727

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  1. That looks really good. In a uni canteen. Gee!!! You do pop up everywhere, don't you? LOL!!!

    1. Suituapui: heheh, i did feel like the oldest person among a sea of teenagers here! :D

  2. I didn't expect you to be reviewing food in a university canteen, Sean - partly because gaining access inside can be a tough feat. I've friends studying in Monash and it's hard to believe, but they rarely set foot inside their cafeteria. They prefer to venture (read: drive/walk) to Sunway Pyramid for food, lol. *shakes head*

    1. Ciana: yikes - the cafeteria here actually seems to serve pretty decent and affordable food ... but it's not very cheerful or hip, and it's very crowded, so it's hard to linger long or to hog a table. so i think i can understand going to sunway pyramid :)

  3. 2 years ago I went back to my uni to visit a friend who is working there. It is so different now, all my favorite stalls have gone......

    1. CK: gosh ... i think all my stalls at USM Penang would also be gone! i have nice memories of eating lunch at my uni :)

  4. That RM10 plate of food looks scrumptious! Exactly what I love to eat. Sadly, I don't know anyone at Monash.

    1. Phong Hong: yeah, i wish this stall had a public outpost - i'd happily have that plate again. it was so good :)