KL Stroll: Day 1

2 04 2007

24 March, Saturday – Wasn’t much assignment that week and I just finished Test 2. I took the chance to stroll in KL, overnighting at a relative’s place then continuing with the exploration the next day :)

Sarawak laksa stall

I went to Bangsar to try the authentic Sarawak Laksa as claimed by many. Finding Nam Chuan coffeeshop at Lorong Ara Kiri 2 was surprisingly easy. It was the uphill walk from Bangsar LRT station that took every ounce of my strength :P Nonetheless, the moment I had a mouthful of the slightly santan tinged curry broth, I would do it again and again! The native Sarawak lady’s stall was easy to spot, with newspaper clippings featuring her famous laksa pasted on the stall front. It was 10am-ish, and I was half expecting a noisy crowd at the coffeeshop on a Saturday. On the contrary, the atmosphere was rather relaxing… the air filled with classic Chinese songs playing on the her radio ;)

Sarawak laksa

I like how she meticulously arrange the ingredients (shredded chicken, omelette strips, bean sprouts), then topped with prawns and Chinese celery to create this wonderful presentation. This is the first I’ve encountered in kopitiam food. I find the prawns to be tasteless. I guess the broth is what makes the whole difference to this bowl of laksa.

Place: Nam Chuan coffeeshop, Lorong Ara Kiri 2, Bangsar.
Price: RM 4.00

The drinks here are unjustly expensive. I had a cup of badly prepared barley for RM1.30.

With a full stomach, I walk around Jln Telawi area to discover many fine dining restaurants on specific cuisine, probably to cater to the expatriates and rich folks.

Banana leaf rice #1

After I made my maiden visit to Bangsar Village I and II which I find nothing interesting of sort (cause can’t afford 3/4 of the things there :P), I find myself in a less classy environment at Jln Tun Sambathan. This place is like Little India… shops selling spices and kitchenwares used in Indian cooking dot every lot along the road. There are a few Indian restaurants there and amusingly, a Chinese coffeeshop (New Lay Sin) tucked away at the corner. I decide upon Sri Paandi (which I spotted a branch in Seri Kembangan) to try their banana leaf rice. The rice comes with papadum (unfortunately not crispy anymore), keropok twisties, tangy and spicy brinjal, curry bitter gourd and an additional plate of chicken curry I requested.

Banana leaf rice #2

Half way through my meal, the worker added more to my leaf – potato chips fried with curry powder, some sort of green chutney and mild long beans with lentils which I like very much ^_^ Then, he proceeded to put one salted fried chilli for me to try (pictured brown in colour beside the potato crisps) and smiled at me. Haha.

Place: Sri Paandi Restaurant, Jln Tun Sambathan, Brickfields.
Price: RM 4.00 + RM1.00 teh tarik

Aus lobster sign

Next place to hit was Jln Imbi. I wanted to try the mini egg tarts at Wing Hing coffeeshop but unbeknownst to me, they are already closed by 4pm. Along the way, there was a shop selling live lobsters imported from Australia as big as the size of a kitten!

Aus lobster

Miao~

Beef noodle #1

I shopped for a while at Low Yat and Sungei Wang before wondering off to Jln Alor to search for Sarawak kampua mee which I’ve read in a newspaper. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find it. It gets more heart breaking when I notice there was nothing special to eat there :( With the day getting dark, I settled on a bowl of beef noodle at Meng Kee’s. The lou pan was such a friendly person! I enjoyed my meal there even though the food was just average. The broth tastes like what you get in fish head noodle – clear soup cooked with ginger. The beef slices were really tender though and quite nice.

Beef noodle #2

The noodle on the other hand, is worthy to be mentioned. It is al-dente and just the right amount of springy-ness. Absolutely delicious when paired with a slice of beef :3

Place: Meng Kee’s Grilled Fish Restaurant, Jln Alor, Bukit Bintang.
Price: RM 6.00

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7 responses

2 04 2007
ipohwav3

That’s a worthy makan trip you had there… the Sarawak laksa – must go and try it :P

3 04 2007
Jian

Kampua Mee? Why didn’t ask the locals there? lolz….
Aiyoh tomolo balik kampung d…….Penang d so hot…can you imagine how izzit like in Lenggong? T_T

But got Astro and Digi’s working there……I bersabar….. : P

Not bringing laptop there. I call my laptop “Dai Gau Sueh” (big and bulky) lolz….

I finish the VGood ad d!!! yay! Means semua habis d yay!

4 04 2007
tonixe

Quite a nice easy stroll I must say ! But packed with newsbreaking dishes !
Mouth watering tummy bursting Interesting day away from your xciting studies…
Imagine what u could do if u have 1 week !

4 04 2007
durianberry

ipohwav3 – Yep! Gotta try it… at least once!

Jian – I dun trust my Cantonese nor my Chinese. A few times dee I ask stall vendors what they r selling and I hear until mong cha cha. I need u here laaa! :P Yes yes, VeliGood… once all over and done, it’s time to gastroadventure in KL and Ipoh!

toxine – I have foodies like u guys to thank! It’s through all these food blogs I find out about worthy eating places ^_- If I had 1 week and if I could stomach a meal every hour, I’d explore every corner of M’sia for food :D

3 05 2007
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[…] a satisfyting bowl of pan mee, we adjourned to Bangsar to try the authentic Sarawak Laksa and Hakka Abacus Seeds at Nam Chuan/Nam Chun coffeeshop as claimed by many. Unable to find a […]

28 12 2007
Wonka

On the Laksa sarawak.
Eventho i am sarawakian, i am not die-die-also have-to-eat Laksa sarawak, fan. but still i can say it is actually delicious given the correct cook, place and time.
For those who is comparing laksa sarawak, curry laksa or laksa penang and saying laksa s’wak is not nice, they just dont get it. these foods are all different and unique. To enjoy the food is to savor it by itself. how you compare it is by having different cooks or place, then you can say whether it is nice or otherwise. I came to KL only 10 years ago, but i learn to embrace local cuisine very quickly and can enjoy it because i came with open mind and compare it justifically. A lot of my friends from s’wak dont like penang laksa either, becos they keep comparing it to their well beloved laksa s’wak! i can just say, well too bad they are missing on a lot of other things.
Until you understand the concept, then u can start to enjoy it truthfully.

Tips: The prawn is purposely made tasteless. How to enjoy it is by dipping it in the belacan sauce or home made chili/prawn sauce, and down it with the very tasty ( :p~) gravy .
Happy eating!

22 06 2012
Veira M Fauzi

less classy area jln tun sambathan…errr thats offensive…1.30 rm for barley drink is not expensive..wow…youre some kind of work…

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