Asia travel diary: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [part 5]

We were nearing the end of our trip with our last full day in KL, most of which was spent poolside and last minute shopping at Pavillion for gifts for families and friends. A cheap and quick brunch was had next door at Express Teppanyaki which was situated in ‘Food Republic’, the Pavillion food court.

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Fried rice in the making, vegetables and beef

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Shrimp fried rice: shrimp, carrot, capsicum, garlic, egg and bbq sauce; $10.00MYR/$3.33AUD*

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Sirloin steak set; $18.00MYR/$6.00AUD*, tenderloin set; $28.80MYR/$9.60AUD*, bean sprouts, food court

We ordered a set meal each which was served with soup, rice, bean sprouts and vegetables, but instead of plain white rice, we replaced it with a side of shrimp fried rice. Both steak sets were simple and delicious with the meat cooked medium rare; the sirloin was marinated with soy sauce, fried garlic and special sauce whilst the beef tenderloin was much the same without the soy sauce. Looking back, I’m not sure why we both ordered a steak set when we could have shared and ordered something else, but we probably needed some much needed iron after all the Asian food we have had over the past fortnight!

We The stranger specifically saved some stomach space for some American fast food at Carl’s Jr. – a fast food chain that he has always wanted to try after constantly seeing their advertisements during NBA games. Might as well get that ticked off his list whilst we could as we weren’t sure when our great American trip was going to happen. 🙂

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Carl’s Jr. Famous Star meal; $15.60MYR/$5.20AUD*

A ‘Famous Star’ burger of charbroiled all-beef patty, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, special sauce and mayonnaise on a toasted sesame seed bun with a side of french fries and a soft drink. Oh, I don’t even remember the last time I ordered one of these meal deals for myself… haha. I stole a few fries whilst the stranger gleefully enjoyed his meal. The verdict? ‘It’s alright‘.

I on the other hand, got won over by Bear Paw (!) – a Tawainese franchise offering ‘burger like buns’ in a bear paw shaped bao. Mind blown. Haha

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Spicy chicken bear paw bao burger; $10.90MYR/$3.63AUD*

The ordering process was simple: choose a flavoured bun (milk, whole wheat, brown sugar, pumpkin, strawberry), choose a patty (chicken, spicy chicken, double ham, fish, chicken and pineapple) and choose a sauce (teriyaki, chilli, thousand island, tartar, etc). I had a looksee at their meal deals but decided to just have the bear paw bao burger on its own, my combo was a crispy spicy chicken patty wedged between a brown sugar bao bun with chilli sauce and their standard salad ingredients of tomato and lettuce.

Surprisingly, it was very very tasty and the bear paw bao was huge too! The bear paw imprinted bao was delightfully soft and fluffy with a slight caramel sweetness to it from the brown sugar, and that spicy chicken fillet… soooooo crunchy whilst the meat inside was still juicy and moist. Each bite of the bao buger had a good spicy kick and the accompanied tomato slice and lettuce added a refreshing brightness with a layer of textural contrast. That sweet and light fluffy bun has totally won me over, if I’m ever back, I’m totally going to order the pumpkin one. Mmmmm~ Pumpkin… :)~

We capped off our brunch and snacks with a sweet box of colourful tea flavoured macarons from TWG Tea!

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TWG Tea macarons at $5MYR/$1.67AUD* each; box of 6 for $30MYR/$10AUD*

The macarons from TWG Tea are infused with their popular teas; flavours from L-R: Matcha, Moroccan Mint Tea, Vanilla Bourbon Tea & Kaya, Grand Wedding Tea with Passionfruit & Coconut, Napoleon Tea & Caramel and 1837 Black Tea & Blackcurrant.

Favourite from the lot? That Moroccan Mint Tea!!

As soon as night fell, we headed back to Jalan Alor for round 2!

Jalan Alor round 2

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Diners

Our random restaurant pick for the evening: Xin Ji Kitchen.

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Restaurant signage, satays on the grill, satay station

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Satay sticks: beef satays and chicken satays; $1.30MYR/$0.43AUD* each, 10 for $13MYR/$4.33AUD*

So fragrant, so good, so yum, so cheap!

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Fried rice

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Black pepper crab; $50MYR/$16.67AUD*

Oh so peppery and so good! If only we could fit another crab in, we’ve been told that the ‘salted egg crab’ is delicious!

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Sambal kangkong; $16MYR/$5.33AUD*

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Small grilled stingray; $25MYR/$8.33AUD*

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Bbq oyster with ginger; $13MYR/$4.33AUD*

We finally got to try a giant oyster! The meat was sooo sweet and fresh and the fragrant ginger was a nice touch to the creaminess of the oyster meat.

Unfortunately, I missed out on the massive prawn that I had my eyes on the day prior. I just couldn’t fit any more food in and was on the verge of popping. That being said, what a delicious and cheap feed! We compared it to the one we had at Lau Pa Sat in Singapore, we actually preferred the one at Lau Pa Sat more, but heck, at these prices… we were more than satisfied and content!

When in KL, visit Jalan Alor. Every night. Haha.

I’m not sure how the stranger managed it, but he was able to fit in another 2 scoops of deliciousness at Häagen-Dazs for our walk back ‘home’. PS. Do we stock this brand back at home? Cause seriously, their ice cream is sooooo good!

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2 scoops please!

-d

Express Teppanyaki
Pavilion Shopping Centre
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Carl’s Jr.
Pavilion Shopping Centre
Lot 1.29.03
Level 1, Pavilion
Kuala Lumpur
P 603 2141 0123

Opening hours
Mon-Sun 10am–10pm

Bear Paw
Pavilion Shopping Centre
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Level 2, Lot P2.16.00 & 2.34.01
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
P 603 2142 9922

Opening hours
Mon-Sun 10am–10pm

Jalan Alor
Jalan Alor
Bukit Bintang 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

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

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