Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Travel: Malaysia Day 2: Bukit Bintang, FoodTourMalaysia

It was relatively easy day for us in Bukit Bintang area. To start the day, we had Hokkien Mee at Ki Lian Kee stall inside Hutong @ Lot 10. Costing us less than A$4 per plate, the mee was thick and flavoursome, stir fried with lard (oh yeah, hello cholesterol. Long time no see). The sambal, lime, garlic, and chilli pieces added extra flavour as I found the mee by itself was quite bland despite it being already very black from the soy sauce.

Then a bowl of Bubur Chacha, a dessert consisting of coconut milk, sweet potato, yam pieces, and some sago/tapioca pearls. The version here was quite runny and bland to my liking. I am more used to thick version laden with creamy coconut milk and generous portion of the sweet potato and yam pieces that would give the color to the dish and make it attractive.

Hopping across to Sungei Wang Plaza, there was a stall selling very nice savoury Malaysian pastries, where we had Kaya puff and Curry puff. This was yet the best curry puff I had so far, defeating Albee's Kitchen back in Sydney.

A lot of clothing shops inside Sungei Wang Plaza and Berjaya Times Square do not have changing rooms, so it was a bit of a hassle trying to estimate if those cute clothes would fit your body or not... . I guess a lot of petite Asian girls would not have any problem shopping there, but as for me and generally taller Caucasians... . It was hard :(
Nevertheless, our day's loot from Bukit Bintang shopping paradise...:

At night, we joined Food Tour Malaysia, where we were taken by our guide for the night to sample local delicacies.
Our guide, Charles, was highly energetic and passionate about his country and the food, and rightly so. His experience took us to shops that tourists would not have ventured out to otherwise, sampling bits and pieces of yummy food.

Our first stop was to try Nasi Lemak, Otak-Otak (basically grilled marinated fish paste), and Deep Fried Tofu (that was filled with vegetables smothered in sweet peanut sauce).

Then off we went to a night market, where we had Apam Balik - a sweet pancake filled with crushed peanuts (and sometimes canned sweet corns). I do much prefer Indonesian' Martabak Bangka better...

Some chicken satay...

And Putu Piring - a steamed rice flour cake filled with palm sugar.

For next stop, we went for some Indian food. Yummy Rotis, Dosa, and another version of Apam filled us up quickly.

For our final stop, we went to a dim sum shop. Yep, trust Malaysian to have hearty dim sums late at night. 

Diet? what diet?

The tour costed MYR160 per pax and lasted for approximately 3 hours where you would be eating almost non stop. The participants were also taken to the food stops in comfort (car) , so you would not be fatigued with the hot humid weather (yep, humid even at night). And best of all - no chance of bad food. But then again, it is very hard to find bad food in this eating mecca of a country.

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