Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur - South Indian/Tamil cuisine at Legend's Claypot Briyani Rice
Legend's Claypot Briyani Rice comes highly-recommended by my Indian-Malaysian friends and office colleagues, so I decided to make a foray into Little India at Brickfields to get a taste of its chicken briyani rice this evening. It was, to state it simply, explosive! Obviously tweaked to suit Indian-Malaysians - most of whom are chili-loving Tamils and Sri Lankan-Tamils whose cuisine are among the spiciest in the world - Legend's rendition rendered my tongue numb after about 3 minutes.
A couple of disappointments about the claypot chicken rice: (1) The rice was *not* cooked in the claypot itself, but was pre-cooked elsewhere before being ladled into the claypot for the "finishing touch". It somehow lacked the fragrance and intense flavours of sealed-lid, pressure-cooked Hyderabadi biryani. (2) The boneless chicken pieces tasted pretty dry and rubbery - I'm wondering if frozen, not fresh, chicken were used here. But I liked the whole hard-boiled egg atop the dish, similar to the renditions I find in South Indian restaurants in Bangalore (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/843161) or Chennai (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844976).
Each order of the super-spicy claypot curried rice (you have chicken, mutton, fish, seafood, egg and vegetarian options) comes with a large, crisp "pappadum", some onion-cucumber-yoghurt "raita", and a tiny decanter of sourish "rasam" soup.
I also had a side-order of South Indian-style fish curry, with tomatoes, aubergine, onions and okra. It was *perfect* - redolent of tamarind, fenugreek and the familiar Tamilian spice blend which is aromatic and addictive. I'll come back here for this fish curry - perfect accompaniment for steamed white rice.
Legend's Claypot Briyani Rice
50, Jalan Vivekanada
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 603 2272 4149