"Chinatown" Top 5 Page for this destination Kuala Lumpur Travelogue by Audrey118

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Take the LRT (Light Rail Transport) to Chinatown -

I am not sure what they are selling here - but everyone tells me it is really good - it looks like some noddles with intestines!!! and tripes etc - all those internal stuff which I cannot stomach it. But it sure is a crowd puller among the locals. Near this stall is some very old biscuit shops - they are traditional Chinese biscuits and opposite to the biscuit shops are shops selling dried pork - yum

Dried Pork shpps

As a child, my dad would frequent here on Saturdays.
He would pull up his car just outside the shop (you could drive through the street then), and we would wait for him in the car. He would buy a kati (600 gm) of dried pork in sheets and we would have one piece each to keep our mouth shut all the way home.

The meat pieces are fired on charcoal slowly and taste sweetish. It can be very addictive!!!

You can find these shops also in Jalan Imbi - there are quite a number of them there.

This is another part of Chinatown many people misses it - it is along Jalan Balai Polis - which is becos it faces the old police station.

Along here are several eateries, one of them is Old China Cafe which is getting popular - they sometimes host live singing and they serve Straits origin food.

Tea House

Tea houses are getting popular in KL; you can see them even in suburban shopping malls. This is part of a chain and they sell all kinds of tea pots, tea leaves and other souveniers.

Most of such tea houses will show you the art of tea drinking. In front of the stall you can also buy tea eggs. You will see a huge rice cooker with hard boiled eggs still in the shell, simmered in tea broth - if you like eggs - try these.

The LRT station is at Pasar Seni which is near the Central Market and near the Klang Bus Station.

While you are at the station look at the skyline and you can see the Dayabumi Tower, yhe main POS office which is annexe to Dayabumi, part of the old train station, and of course the Klang Bus Station. You may get a glimpse of Maybank Tower etc.

Lots of Fruit Stalls

While ay Chinatown look at some flower vendors - some of these stalls have been there since I can remember - probably as old as I am - and there are lots of fruit stalls selling both local and imported fruits.

The picture here shows some mango and mangosteen which are tied in long bunch, and next to it is a stall selling fried chestnuts which is really yummy. The chestnuts (it is called in Malay, Buah Berangan - which literally means Day Dreaming fruit - wonder why!!!) in its shell still are fried with coffee beans and also charcoal. It is so odd to see chesnuts for sale all year round, as I can remember it commonly sold during the very cold winter in London and you buy a bag to hold it and keep warm!!! But here you can buy a bag and snack away as you walk - but beware of pickpockets - they are everywhere.

Mangosteen - it is in season now (July) but is relatively expensive. It is a heavy fruit with a thick hard covering, and and has petals on top and at the bottom has flat petals like marking. My mum used to tell me that you can choose the ones with more petals marking at the bottom - each marking denotes each fruit inside.

There is not much to eat from it - the white flesh - pulp is not much as there is huge seed - try not to bite the seed - it can be bitter.

While you are cracking open the fruit (you sort of twist the fruit), beware of the inner skin which has lots of purplish dye coming out - it stains!!! Avoid those pulp which are transparent.

Durian is also in season (July) and there is abundance of it. It is an acquired taste. The local durians are very pungent to some, but aromatic to others.

I love those firm yet creamy and sticky pulp. Some has bitter taste, some taste like liquor, and some very sweet, some wet and yukky. The pulp could be pale yellow, white, to dark golden and sometimes almost orangey yellow in colour.

It is considered a very 'heaty' fruit, and eaten too much makes the inner body hot feeling, and to avoid it, some folks would say to drink water out of the shells, and to cleanse fingers after eating durian to pour water out of the shells and wash with it. Many people warn not to eat durians if you are having alchohol - you can die of it.

This is a very bad picture - too dark - but I was trying to take the fake watch vendors - I did not dare to take too closely - I think they would be too upset with me and suspect me to report to officials!!!

Chinatown's Jalan Petaling is where tourist flock to pick up 'genuine fakes'. Here, there are so many stalls selling 'good' fake watches from Guccis to Rolexes. Look hard at them to get as original as it can be. There are some detailing worth taking note before you buy them. If you are lucky, you may get the Japanese parts and they last for many many years.

You can also get copies of designer bags here.

There are also lots of pirated CDs, VCDs and DVDs.
Besides that there are dirt-cheap designer-brand tee-shirts, touristy T shirts.

Ayer Mata Kuching

Herbal remedies, dried and pickled foods make more novel purchases. Look at some of the Chinese herbal drink shops (there are two in Chinatown and both are corner shops) which huge urns some in golden colour, and they also sell some bitter jelly called Turtle Jelly which is bitter but eaten with honey - it is supposed to cool down the body heat.

No - this stall does not sell herbal remedies but instead sells a very refreshing sweet drink. It is called in Malay, 'Ayer Mata Kuching' and translated is Cats Eyes Drink. Nope - it is made of dried longan fruit and boiled with cane sugar rocks. And served with ice. Very nice in the hot weather.

Hokkien Mee Stall

Across the road from the Ayer Mata Kuching Stall,
is a very established noddle stall. They have been frying noddles since I was a kid and is still very popular. They start serving noddles as early as 6:30pm and till very early in the wee wee mornings - like 2 o'clock in the morning - supper time.

Their specialities is the Hokkien Noddles, which is thick yellow noodles (but I prefer mixed with Mee Hoon - so it is called Mee Hoon Mee Hokkien Char )cooked in black gravy with slivers of meat and prawns and vegetables. Eaten best with sambal chilli. I must say Hokkien Mee is my all time favourite noddle - funny but it is a noddle that is usually served in the night only!!!

Other noddles are also served here, such as Kungfo Chow which has white egg-wash gravy also known as Cantonese Noddle. And also there is Loh Mee which is very rich and eaten with some vinegar.

You can order from other food vendors to accompany your noddles. Drink some hot Chinese tea to wash down the greasy noddles!!!

Baked Fish in Foil

In Chinatown there are other local food - such as Bah Kut Tea which is pork ribs-brisket cooked in herbal broth eaten with rice, sometimes you get baked fish in foil - it is fish with spicy sauce wrapped in foil = quite yummy

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