KL Gastro Adventure: Day 2 – Evening’s Vibrancy of Colours

22 05 2007

Sorry! Been quite awhile since my stupid hero post ;) I was not up to anything at all. The immense amount of food I consumed and the exhausting days along the gastro adventure did little to intimidate my immune system. In less than 3 weeks at home, I fell sick with a cold, sorethroat and hormone inbalance issue ^_^; Jian experienced sickness the day after she got home from the trip. I guess I already run behind schedule.. blame it on the hormones. (I’m behind schedule with the posts too!)

Chow Kit monorail station

From pan mee & bakso, we moved to nearby Chow Kit market’s delicious offer on fresh produce and their vivacious atmosphere. Chow Kit market is the oldest market in KL. If you watched one of Bobby Chin’s World Cafe: Asia episodes, he was taught a trick by a local at this very market. What he did was hipnotize a live chicken to sleep by massaging it from below the wattles down to the chest. It was hard to believe but the chicken looks like it has already drop dead. Hehe

Chow Kit market #1

Because the market is so well stocked, it looks so vibrant and colourful. You can get pretty much anything you need here. If this vendor doesn’t have what you look for, just move on to the stall beside!

Chow Kit market #2

Mountains of dried anchovy :D

Chow Kit market #3

Mountains of grapes :D

Chow Kit market #4

A slope of cakes :D

Jian and I were 100% captivated. The most interesting market we’ve seen yet! I thought such exuberant market is only found overseas like Italy or India, but now I am damn proud of my local market n.n

Chips packet

It was here that we accidentally bought the oh-so-delicious!-why-lah-didn’t-buy-more! crackers called keropok Geragau (cuz made of Geragau prawns).

Geragau chips

It’s lightly spiced with the aromatic curry leaves that makes it taste so darn good and leave you wanting more. Along with it, we bought a pack of tapioca strips that are very crispy. It’s much thinner compared to the ones we usually find at pasar malam and less salty. RM7 for 2 bags.

Putu piring stall

Putu piring

Of course, wherever we go, we have to try and compare the putu piring at every stall we happen to find. Hehe.
Jian’s verdict: not as good as the ones had in Tg Tokong.
Reason: the brown sugar wasn’t flowing out and flour quality so-so.

Me agree! RM1 for 4 pieces.

Istana Budaya

Last but not least, a monorail ride to the Titiwangsa terminal before boarding a bus to Istana Budaya. Jian and I had a fantastic time relaxing at the beautifully decorated place.. carpetted floor, clean washroom, air-conditioned, high-ceiling with chandeliers. It’s a 5-star hotel-like lobby that we could steal 40-winks while sitting cross legged on the soft carpet :P

It should be added to the list of place to visit, besides KLCC, KL Tower or Putrajaya. The architecture of the building itself is amazing. Further down from Istana Budaya is the National Art Gallery which was under construction at that time. Both of these sites’ surroundings are photogenic grounds for some photo shooting.

Wayang kulit

Why we are there, is not to sleep on carpetted floor ^_^; We joined the rest of the people there for a show of wayang kulit. 5 minutes into it, I was lost in translation and purely just enjoy the bag of tapioca chips bought earlier.

Jian’s post: The Lost Pasar Malam of Chow Kit
Journey to Istana Budaya

Cunning little cold virus.. I shall be in tip-top condition for durian season

Day 2 Part 1
Day 1 Part 2
Day 1 Part 1


KL Gastro Adventure: Day 2 – Chow Kit

12 05 2007

Taking the monorail to Medan Tuanku, Kin Kin chili pan mee is in the row of shophouses behind the car park. A bowl of hand-made noodle goodness coupled with blasting heat from the chili is what I decided to have for breakfast (with bewildered look from Jian). Keke.

Kin Kin chili pan mee shop
Jian’s snap

The unmistakenable yellow signboard of the shop.

Kin Kin chili pan mee

The poach egg! Yummy.. my absolute favourite addition to the pan mee.

Pan mee

Ahh.. my bowl of string noodle, as opposed to the flat and thicker version normally served at pan mee stalls. Add in the deliciously hot chili paste to your amount of tolerance. I like it spicy to the point of teardrop and runny nose :3

This is my second time eating here. I have to say that the first time was better. The noodle was slightly overcooked.. no longer has that springy texture. RM4.60 per bowl.

Bakso noodle

After hopping in and out of shopping complexes (just to borrow their air-cond), we took a bus and went for lunch at Restaurant TAR located along Jln Tunku Abd Rahman (or directly in front of the Chow Kit monorail). Based on EatingAsia’s recommendation, we tried the bakso, which is an Indonesian dish of yellow and glass noodles with huge sized meatballs :)


Oops, you can’t really compare the actual size here. I think it’s about 2.5 inches in diameter ;D RM3.50 per bowl.

ABC campur

We also ordered the ais campur. It’s a towering shaved ice drizzled with generous amount of chocolate sauce and some coconut milk. Yummy! Jian said it’s like drinking thick milo. Hehe.

ABC melt
Jian’s snap

When it melts (or you can try dig up the ingredients with some skills :P), a sea of coloured gems meet your gaze. So beautiful! There are red and green cendol, grass jelly, green sago, yellow jelly and coconut flesh. RM3 for this satisfying dessert.

ABC machine

We were seated right in front the drink stall and just behind the bakso stall. We got a VIP view of the process in making ^_^

Day 1 Part 2
Day 1 Part 1

Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee

23 03 2007

Been busy revising for tests. Tests are the ultimate time-sucker. I’ve wanted to write about CNY foods but… hehe, guess I’m bored with those posts already. So, since I’ll be staying over at my uncle’s place tomorrow and have the chance to explore KL city again, I’ll write about the famous pan mee off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, KL.

JM, the pan mee I rave so much about…


Hot delicious dried chilli in oil. The pan mee won’t blow your mind off without this special ingredient :3

Pan mee

Eating the pan mee just as it is, I could taste that the noodle is very flavourful. The egg is a nice addition :) Throw in a scoop of chilli, whua… the best damn bowl of pan mee! There are more reviews here:

Eating Asia
KY Eats
Eat First Think Later
The Malaysian Food Review
Wantan Productions