This trip hasn’t included a lot of sight seeing. And we realized after the fact that we know a number of people here whom we forgot were here. So apologies to those we didn’t see on this trip. We’ll be back, though, as KL seems a comfortable and laid-back city, even if there aren’t a lot of must-see sights.
First off, the view from the hotel room. We could see one half of one of the two Petronas Towers.
The view itself isn’t super impressive. But the towers are and they really are amazing at night, visible from all over the city, popping up in the background when you least expect them.
On the advice of some of Tawn’s KL office colleagues, we ventured over to Jalan Alor (jalan = street), a long block of hawker centers and open-air restaurants that cover a wide range of ingredients and styles of cooking. In front of each restaurant are touts, holding menus and assertively selling you on why their restaurant is the place you should eat. Not unlike the touts you would expect to find in a red light district which, we discovered, is nearby.
After walking nearly the whole length of the street, we ran the gauntlet back to the beginning, settling on one of the first places we saw. There was a large selection of individual vendors, so we felt like the variety would be very good. We ordered a lot of food, too much for two people, and ate well.
Spicy squid served in a chili sauce. Not so spicy as to be intolerable, but with a nice kick.
Chicken satay with a tasty fresh peanut sauce. Juicy meat with a nice smoky flavor.
Eggplant stir fried with ginger.
Skate wing fried in banana leaf, served with lime and chili sauce. Never had skate wing before. Interesting texture as, like shark, there’s a lot of cartilage.
Fried noodles with seafood and veggies. We could have lived without this just because we already had so much food.
By the time we finished, the sun had set and the streets were filling with people. On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a cinema to see what was playing, ending up watching Slumdog Millionaire, which has yet to open in Krungthep. Very nice film, well made.