Asia travel diary: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [part 2]

malaysia, kuala lumpur

A good thing to know about KL, and most of the other cities that we visited is that shops generally don’t open until 10am/10.30am, but along with their late opening times, they’re open late into the night closing around 10pm. Every night! With that, the city is still buzzing even on a week night – a stark contrast to Adelaide.

We learnt that on the very first day as we left our hotel and made our way on foot to KLCC. Nothing was open!

So we went into the super market to browse… and grab a few snacks. 😉

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Fish balls in the super market; $1.59MYR/$0.53AUD*

A ritual for the stranger during our trip was to venture into the local super market and buy/eat the wacky asian flavoured snacks on offer.

Exhibit A:

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Snack chip aisle

I, on the other hand, wanted something a bit more… authentic for breakfast.

Prior to our trip, I had compiled a list of ‘things I must eat whilst in (insert city)’. One of them being kaya toast.

Enter: Rotiboy.

Rotiboy

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Iced teh latte; $7.80MYR/$2.60AUD*
Ice lemon tea; $8.80MYR/$2.93AUD*
Traditional kaya toast; $4.80MYR/$1.60AUD*

The traditional kaya toast set meal included two slices of white bread with kaya and butter and two eggs. Kaya is a coconut jam, the taste and texture is similar to condensed milk, it’s sweet and sticky but coconut-y. The toasted sandwich had all its crusts removed which immediately took me back to my primary school days where I always requested them removed from my packed school lunch box too! The sweet kaya and salty ‘slabs’ of butter were a nice combo that complemented each other well, but having said that, those butter slabs made me feel quite sick just by looking at them. Too. Much. Butter. As a result, I peeled the bread slices apart and removed said butter slabs and only smearing a thin layer back on the bread for some taste. It didn’t have the same ‘balance’ of flavour but I was doing my arteries a favour!

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Two whole eggs were served with the kaya toast. I cracked into them and realised that the egg whites were still really runny and very undercooked. Strange… but okay. I dug through to the molten egg yolk and ate that instead with the toast. Egg number 2 gave me the same result.

(It turned out, I was eating them wrong! Duh me. I only came to this realisation the second time I ordered kaya toast – so we’ll touch base on it in a future post. 🙂 )

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Roti canai; $6.80MYR/$2.27AUD*

The stranger snacked on roti canai which came with a serving of chicken curry. It was a shame we didn’t eat more roti during our trip as this one was quite yum! A perfect sized snack.

It was amazing how quickly we got tired of ‘shopping’, so after a bit more browsing, we resorted back to our hotel and headed straight to the outdoor pool to relax and soak in the sunshine. It didn’t take long of ‘doing nothing’ before we were ready to eat again! Haha.. we stayed pool side and ordered from Gazebo’s poolside bar menu.

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Poolside and pool side eats
Club sandwich with turkey breast, beef bacon and tomato slices; $37.00MYR/$12.33AUD*
Nasi goreng with chicken satay, chicken wing and fried egg; $36.00MYR/$12.00AUD*

The nasi goreng was really really good and plentiful; plus, a sunny side up egg always makes a dish look better. The satay sticks were tasty and fragrant and those crackers with toasted peanuts dotted through… yum!

When dinner time rolled around, we wanted something… not Asian as we had enough of Asian food already. (Already! crazy considering that we were only 2 days in our holiday in Asia… but rest assured, we got used to eating Asian food everyday after that!) 🙂

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La Boca Latino Bar
Giant sized beef skewer with salad and mashed potatoes; $119.00MYR/$39.67AUD*
Rows of mochi

Back to the Pavilion we went, we shared a giant sized beef skewer with a fresh green salad and mashed potato. The slabs of meat on the sword like skewer were cooked medium to well done (we requested medium rare – oh well) accompanied by a trio of grilled capsicum pieces and potato chunks. I had the salad to myself, desperately trying to balance out my diet wherever and whenever I could. As for the mashed potato… we didn’t have much of it. To sweeten off our meal, we proceeded to Tokyo Street on the 6th floor to purchase some Japanese mochi for a take away dessert.

Imported directly from Japan, these little sweet morsels were frozen when purchased. The instructions stated that the mochi had to thaw out for approximately 20 minutes (probably only needed 10 whilst we were there cause it was sooooo hot!) before they were to be consumed. We bought a trio of green tea, strawberry and peach (our favourite!) flavoured mochi. Delicious!! The mochi skin was thin, light and chewy and the centre filling was fudgey and smooth with hints of its designated flavour. The cream centre was light, fluffy and not overly sweet… AND, it looked like batman – so apparently that made it even more better according to the stranger! Haha.

-d

Rotiboy KLCC
Suria KLCC Shopping Centre
Concourse Level, Lot C69-C70
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
P 03 – 2181 1268

La Boca Latino Bar
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Level 3, Lot C3. 10.03
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
P 603 – 2148 9977

Opening hours
Sun-Thu 9am-1am
Fri-Sat 9am-3am

Mochi Sweets Japanese Luxury Deli
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Level 6, Lot P6.15.00
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
P 016 – 336 2677

*exchange rate at time of travel $1AUD=$3MYR

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