If you're up for a little skiving off work in the heat of the afternoon or need a little pick-me-up after a tough day at the office, then putter down to Lucky Garden. Here you can indulge in some appams, sweet and satisfying with a bracing cup of teh tarik. And why not make a meal of it and order up an onion uttapam afterwards?
Go on... treat yourself with a sweet appam
Lorong Ara Kiri 3,
A cheap treat and consistent in quality
Does get sweltering hot in the afternoons
Some evenings after work has slowed down and pre-dusk peckishness settles in, sweet appams are that perfect nibble you can get between tea and dinner, an aperitif of sorts. Om Shakti run by Auntie Chelo is purely vegetarian and is famous for their sweet appams. Made out of rice flour batter poured quickly onto mini curved pans, the 'sweet' comes from coconut milk poured on the appam while it's still cooking. This results in a milky-rich texture. Since the middle of the appams are porous, the milk just gets soaked in so its nice and moist.
Hence you have to eat sweet appams HOT or else its a little soggy when cold. Best thing about appams is the contrast between the soft, melting center and the crispy edges. A friend of ours who never had it before, licked his fingers happily and exclaimed, "it tastes like sake!" Well without the hangover the next morning. You can also get the coconut milk separate which is a plain appam and you can also opt for brown sugar sprinkled in the middle resulting in a wonderful caramelly taste.
Om Shakti also does a lot of other vegetarian delights. One of our favourites is their karipap. Made almost non-stop throughout the afternoon the karipaps here are addictive. Again I like it hot from the oil, the skin a little crinkly and the filling made of spices and a mix of potatoes almost juicy. Other stuff here like the toseis, chapattis and uttapams are all winners. I especially like the onion uttapam, doughy and sourish.
Although Om Shakti now opens in the morning, I still think the best time to visit this modest stall is in the evening, when the day has cooled a little and you can enjoy a spot of people watching with a frothy glass of teh tarik. On some evenings Auntie Chelo herself will be there, relieving the usual Auntie who cooks and she's a wizard at making appams. It's mesmerising watching her turn out appam after appam without breaking a sweet, her bangles jangling and her saree rustling dangerously close to the flame. When asked how she manages not to set herself on fire, she answers eyes bright with pride at her thriving business, "I'm used to it."
Opening time: 7.30am- 11pm
An appam costs RM1.20