Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa
It always seems to rain like clockwork in the evening when we’re in KL, so by the time we’d got to our hotel and waited for it to lapse, it was pretty late. We wandered to Kampung Baru as I’d read about this place last time we were in Malaysia and thought nasi lemak would be a good start to our trip.
Was spaced out from the flight and not interacting with the staff very well, so meat wise only ended up with a wing of chicken rendang, otherwise I should have tried more things. The rendang was fragrant, and the ikan billis here were good, but my egg was over boiled (this was true pretty much everywhere we went, must be the norm). Partner had a fried egg that was better, and chilli fried chicken. There was connected drinks stall selling all manner of coconut drinks and floats. Overall, nothing amazing but a good start - definitely not a dud.
Visiting in the middle of Chinese New Year meant that some of the more well known stalls were shut (Ah Weng Koh for the hainan coffee and most of the stalls around it), but the chee cheong fun stall was open. The owner was very friendly and critiqued our toppings, praising our selection and suggesting other things to try. Our selection included okra, beancurd skins, aubergine, lotus root and a very pink but nicely spiced sausage.
Venturing further towards the wet market there were still quite a few stalls operating, including another place serving hainan coffee tea. I tried a Sarawak style laksa from a stall here, which looked like it was only available on a Sunday. I’ve only had Sarawak laksa once before, a few years ago in Kuching, so can’t remember enough to judge how authentic this was, but it was certainly good eating.
With the egg tart shop shut, we opted for apam balik. There were two stalls selling pancakes, I’m not sure on the names for the different variants, but one was thin and crispy, and the other (which we opted for) were the more spongy ones filled with sweet peanuts.
Pudu Wai Sek Kai
Wanted to try something other than Jalan Alor, so was eager to try here after reading Klyeoh’s post on CH (http://www.chowhound.com/post/kuala-lumpur-night-market-food-street-wai-sek-kai-pudu-1012485).
We tried the Hakka noodles, BBQ sotong rojak, char koay kak and fried chicken here. Each one was delicious.
Think I may have paid the tourist price for the rojak, or it’s a pricey dish indeed. At 17rm I think it was the most expensive piece of street food on the whole holiday. It was a really interesting dish, I enjoyed it but my partner found the dried cuttlefish too strong in flavour. Sweet and at the same time very savoury and smoky.
This was the first of many char koay kaks, and a great start it was. I’m still unsure whether this dish is made with radish cake or rice cake, or whether it varies based on the vendor.
Ordered a single thigh from the fried chicken stall as it was perpetually busy so I had to try it. This was surprisingly moist, I was expecting it to be a bit dry but it was actually really really good.