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Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur: KL Food and Landmarks Tour with Manjeet

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Hello, friends! A couple of weeks ago, we decided to find out more things to do in KL. We wanted to figure out what there was to see, and what to eat in KL that’s a bit off the beaten path. Luckily, we met Manjeet from KL Walks and got to do both!

Kuala Lumpur Landmarks & History Walk

We met Manjeet at the iconic Pasar Seni (Central Market) in KL and spent the next hour or so exploring the history of the area and visiting one of the important cultural landmarks. We’ve visited Pasar Seni countless times before, but somehow always walked by the Sin Sze Si Ya Temple without entering. This time, with Manjeet’s help, we got a look inside!

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple in the heart of Kuala Lumpur

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple in the heart of Kuala Lumpur

The temple has a really fascinating history that is tied to the city of KL. We also got a look at some of the beliefs and rituals practiced at this temple, which is a rare treat. We also learned the function of something we’ve seen at many temples, but had no idea what it did. If you follow our Instagram, you might have shared our epiphany as well!

Street Food and Local Favourites in KL City

One of the questions that haunt us whenever we travel to the capital - where is the best place to eat in KL?? Luckily, Manjeet pointed us to some her favourite spots.

Claypot Chicken Rice with Salted Fish on Jalan Petaling

Claypot Chicken Rice with Salted Fish on Jalan Petaling

The place we tried immediately after the tour is Hong Kee Claypot Chicken Rice. It’s technically on Jalan Sultan, but it’s easier to mention Petaling Street to your Taxi or Grab driver when finding your way there. You can also get seafood like cockles and grilled fish here, along with a nice cool beer to wash it down. It’s also next to a steamboat restaurant if you fancy that sort of thing.

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The next day, we went to another one of Manjeet’s recommendations - Masakan Padang Asli Kampung Baru. This place only opens for lunch and Manjeet recommended the beef tendon and lung which are their specialties. Unfortunately, we had a late night and made it a bit late. Their specialties were sold out, but we still got an amazing serving of sambal, fish, begedil (minced potato deep fried with meat and herbs) just a little taste of that creamy sweet tendon curry everyone raves about. Definitely come visit as soon as you can, as Kampung Baru - one of the last traditional Malay villages in KL - will likely be developed into condos in the near future.

Well, that’s it for this trip, friends. Find out more places to eat in KL (and a nice gin bar we like) in our earlier post: Delicious Food Places in Kuala Lumpur. See you in the next one!

Things To Do In Langkawi: Best Seafood Restaurant We Visited!

Malaysian Food, TravelDanny MahesComment

Hey, guys! We’ve been on a quest to find some of the best food in Langkawi. It’s a popular destination after visiting Penang, and there a plenty of guides to the best Langkawi hotels and resorts. But what about the more adventurous among us?

Recently, Jeremy wrote a blog post about some off-the-beaten-path food and beaches on the island. You can read it here. In this post, I’m going to tell you about even more things to do in Langkawi but this time around the small town of Kuah. If you’re not familiar with the town, it’s where the Dataran Lang eagle statue can be found. So you can visit a popular Langkawi landmark and have some amazing food at the same time!

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The Best Seafood Dinner We Had in Langkawi

Seafood dinner is a big deal in Penang and elsewhere. It’s more than just a meal, it’s sort of an institution. Families come together over the weekend to laugh, talk and enjoy a delicious meal. Seafood is also considered as a sign of good luck and prosperity, so no extra pressure there chef!

We weren’t going out for a formal dinner on this occasion. But we were staying at the Goldsands Hotel Langkawi in Kuah, and just a short walk from the hotel was one delicious food gem. We’re talking about Weng Fung Seafood Restaurant in Kuah, Langkawi.

The lala (cockles) were so fresh they were almost sweet and buttery

The lala (cockles) were so fresh they were almost sweet and buttery

We heard about this restaurant from some friends and couldn’t wait to try it out. Nestled in a small commercial area in Kuah, about 30 minutes away from the main tourist hubs of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, this place is about as quaint and local as it gets. You can get here via Grab (the local rideshare) or taxi and there’s no issue getting a return trip as long as you aren’t staying too late.

There are only about 5 or 6 tables in this air-conditioned restaurant, and although we arrived pretty early for dinner, most of them were taken. We figured this was a good sign! The staff were very friendly and even made recommendations on dishes and portions. Do plan to arrive by 6pm or so for dinner. It got pretty crowded as we were leaving!

The dried chili mantis prawn was delicious and generous in serving

The dried chili mantis prawn was delicious and generous in serving

The highlights were the Teochew-style Pomfret and Golden Spicy Flower Crab. We wish there was a way to communicate flavour through the screen, because these two dishes completely blew us out of the water (pun!).

The pomfret was fresh and delicately cooked, softly buffeted by the tangy flavour of tomatoes and ginger, fragrant with sesame and boldly showcasing the very Teochew flavour of salted cabbage. It’s not something we thought would work, but the chef has expertly balanced these notes with the freshness of the fish. This is one confident chef who knows their stuff!

We were pleasantly suprised by the choice of flavours and how well the chef brought it all together

We were pleasantly suprised by the choice of flavours and how well the chef brought it all together

The crab was, without any hyperbole whatsoever, the best crab dish we have ever had. And we’ve had some pretty great ones! It was succulent and sweet, perfectly complemented by tangy, almost creamy sauce. Every crack, every slurp, every mouthful felt satisfying. If we could, we’d have hugged the chef.

Was it simply a really great catch that day? Were we delirious with hunger? Only another visit will lay these questions (and our taste buds) to rest. Don’t just take our word for it. Go ahead and give this place a try!

Please marry us, beautiful crab.

Please marry us, beautiful crab.

Bonus: Cellar Bank Langkawi Featuring Japanese Whisky Flight

If you enjoy a good Japanese whisky in the evening, this is a great place to check out. The Cellar Bank Langkawi is right next to Weng Fung and offer a flight of several delicious Japanese whiskys to sample. And you can get a bottle of your choice duty free afterwards! We got ourselves a bottle of Coffey Grain Nikka and have been enjoying it hic responsibly.

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Penang Food: Try This Chinese Teochew Restaurant in George Town

Penang Food, Malaysian Food, Heritage and CultureDanny MahesComment

Hello, friends! We’re back with more delicious ideas for what to eat in Penang. Although the street food here is popular, Penang is also home to many traditional and modern restaurants serving tasty meals. So, if you’re wondering what to do on a lazy afternoon, here’s a local restaurant worth checking out:

A Teochew Style Lunch on Lebuh Melayu, George Town

If you’re wandering down Lebuh Melayu in the afternoon, you might see a pair of heavy wooden doors that look ornate and festive. Decorated with red lanterns and cloth, it seems ready to spring out at you. But tiptoe inside and the vibe is just the opposite. Cool air punctuated with fresh greenery and large splashes of sunlight fill this place. You’ve entered Chao Xuan Restaurant, a place that prides itself in its Straits Chinese identity.

Lotus Root Soup - light, nutty and perfectly punctuated with the flavour of spring onions. It made for a really great appetiser.

Lotus Root Soup - light, nutty and perfectly punctuated with the flavour of spring onions. It made for a really great appetiser.

The Straits Chinese are traders, migrants and refugees who’ve made the Straits of Malacca their home. Coming from various ethno-linguistic and geographic backgrounds in China, they’ve adopted local customs and beliefs - creating a unique and fascinating sense of shared identity. It’s important to remember that there is a vast diversity of customs, traditions and food associated with this community, and Chao Xuan is one expressions of that diversity.

This place gets mixed reviews, in large part because of their philosophy of preparing and serving Teochew-style food that is as close as possible to the style and flavours they consider authentic. Penang food can be very bold and intense, and the more subtle flavours at play here is not to everyone’s taste. But we loved it!

Braised duck - the flavour of the duck was front and centre, with the sauce providing a great accent to the taste. Eaten with the stickier rice served here, it was very satisfying (and filling!)

Braised duck - the flavour of the duck was front and centre, with the sauce providing a great accent to the taste. Eaten with the stickier rice served here, it was very satisfying (and filling!)

We ordered a simple but satisfying meal for two, but there’s lots of options to explore at this place. Their menu mostly sticks to their theme of traditional (or as close to traditional) Teochew flavours, with the occasional flourish of spicy sambal or fried snack inspired by Malay or Nyonya cooking. If you’re thinking about what to do in Penang for lunch, and you’d like a break from the flavours of local street food, this is a good place for a change of flavours. We’re very interested to visit again and try more of what they offer. And of course when we do you’ll hear about it

Tofu in soy sauce - light and flavorful, it worked very well as a snack on the side

Tofu in soy sauce - light and flavorful, it worked very well as a snack on the side

When you’re ready for more Penang street food, check out these Three Types of Penang Noodles