Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine
I haven't had Malaysian/South Asian food in ages!! Not since I got back from my MY/SG/ID trip (which was back in February!) It's been WAY too long!!
There's actually quite a few South Asian restaurants near ubc/kits! And I'm planning on trying them alll ;D MamaLee's especially (I've heard amazing things about their hainanese chicken!!) and Kaya Malay Bistro!
Banana Leaf is quite popular - they have 3 locations: one on Denman, and two on Broadway! This post consists of food from both locations: the one in Kits, and the other one on Broadway near Granville St!
If you order off of their regular menu, the prices can definitely add up. For dinner I ordered a plate of sambal green beans + a bowl of rice, and the bill was almost $17!!
...at least it tasted good ;)
Their lunch menu is pretty affordable though, with most dishes being around the $10 mark!
Nasi Goreng -Sans Egg
(From their Kits location)
This was alright. The rice was a little too wet in texture and the rice grains weren't loose enough. In terms of texture, it was fragrant with a distinctive shrimp paste flavour. It wasn't that spicy, it was pretty mild and tolerable. The slices of beef were a bit tough and hard to chew. A little disappointing.
Sambal Green Beans
(From their Broadway location)
I loveee sambal sauce! The green beans didn't disappoint! Very pungent in terms of flavour; The green beans were nice and crunchy, and the shrimp paste flavour really came through! It was spicy, salty, and sweet all at once! Great paired with white rice. I could eat plates of this stuff (and I wouldn't feel too guilty about it) ;)
Bowl O' Rice
The jasmine rice was quite nice! The grains were fluffy and separated! Great paired with the sambal green beans!
This is what their Kitsilano location looks like!! Quite fancy ;D
This is their other Broadway location! A lot more simple in terms of decor, but still really nice!