South Indian food is popular with Malaysians and most of us have a stall or restaurant that we regularly frequent.
In Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Chanai and Chaya Cafe is well known and a favourite food haunt for many years now. The stall was started by Devayani Nair back in 1985.
Chanai and Chaya Cafe, which is located on the second floor of TTDI wet market, specialises in South Indian cooking and attracts people of all races.
Today, her daughter Pathmavati Nair runs the business and is a familiar face with wet marketgoers here.
“My mother was a legend here,” said Pathmavati. “She taught me how to cook and trained me to run the food business. Running the food stall is not just a business to me; over the years it has become a lot more than that.
“It’s an honest means to earn a living by serving good food to customers who have gradually become my close friends,” she added.
The stall is known for its paal appam (RM2 (S$0.65)) that is prepared using a spoonful of thick coconut milk added to the doughy centre.