Friday, August 31, 2018

Dining in Kuala Lumpur

My meals in Kuala Lumpur consist principally of assortments of tasty and intriguing items on small plates.  My first dinner starts with steamed bread with sauce and nasi goreng (fried rice with soy sauce, shallot, garlic, tamarand, and chili, generally served with either egg, chicken, or prawns), followed by assorted small bites of fish, chicken, and beef.

Steamed bread with sauce, nasi goreng

Assorted small bites

Another dinner consists of small plates of beef, fish, and pork, with the fish steamed in leaves.

More small bites

Following a similar theme, I later have laksa (spicy noodle soup served with egg and chicken, prawns or fish) and pandan-leaf chicken (chicken steamed in a pandan leaf to give it an aromatic flavor)

Laksa and pandan-leaf chicken

Wandering through Kuala Lumpur, I see hawker stalls in all the markets serving these foods and people dining at tables scattered throughout market enjoying them.

 Hawker-stall dining

However, I don't find one of my favorites, roast duck, until I get back to Singapore where I catch my flight to San Francisco the next day.  I go to my favorite hawker stall and have a half duck to  complete the dining experiences for this trip.

Wrapping up the trip with 1/2 roast duck.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Markets in Kuala Lumpur: Central Market, Petaling Street

Kuala Lumpur's Central Market was founded in 1888 and is located near Little India and Chinatown in an Art Deco style building convenient to the main bus station and train station.

 Central Market

The market is organized in traditional stalls with sections for each of the main ethnic groups in Malaysia:  Malay, Chinese, and Indian, with a food court on the second floor serving meals made from the ingredients below.

 Central Market

Second floor food court

A few blocks away from Central Market, Petaling Street is located in Chinatown with its own collection of products, food stalls, and restaurants.

Petaling Street market

Petaling Street is covered to provide relief from the sun and rain and the vendors are principally Chinese, with some small representation from the other Malaysian ethnic groups.

 Petaling Street market

I hurry through the merchandise to the food and dining section, to see the food for sale and some of the Malaysian specialties cooked on site for consumption here, such as barbecued fish, asam laksa (spicy noodle soup), and curry noodles.

 Ingredients for sale

 Dining in

The markets in Kuala Lumpur are appealing, vibrant, and fun to stroll through and spend some time viewing the merger of the different cultures that make up this city and country.  And, of course, to watch the people out and about:  shopping, dining, meeting with friends and family.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Waterways, Flowers, and Sculpture in Kuala Lumpur

The Klang River and Gombak River flow into Kuala Lumpur and come together at the Masjid Jamed Mosque.  In the center of the city, the rivers have walkways, parks, and gardens along their banks, providing an attractive and appealing use of the waterways.

 Along the rivers

Many of the walkways and sidewalks in the city are covered to provide relief from both the sun and the occasional passing rainstorm (remember, we're only 350 km / 217 miles from the equator).

Covered walkways

Scattered throughout the city are statues in parks and on the sidewalks.  In Little India, there are both serious sculptures and a collection of Dutuk Lat's whimsical art depicting everyday scenes of ordinary life.

Serious art

 Whimsical works of Dutak Lat

 And, there are water features all over, providing great displays and more relief from the heat, including mist on the river near the Masjid Jamek where the two rivers meet.

Fountains and water features

 Mist on the River

The floral displays are great.  There is nothing like a short distance to the equator to encourage orchids and other beautiful tropical flowers to flourish.  The arrangements are stunning and decorate inside (and outside) spaces.

 Tropical floral arrangements

I'm truly enjoying just wandering through Kuala Lumpur and viewing the sites of the new city and the old city, all existing alongside each other in modern Malaysia.