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Kuala Lumpur Chinatown

January 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Kuala Lumpur 吉隆坡

Although not quite as famous as Petronas Tower, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur is the covered, traffic-free, pedestrian-only Petaling Street, better known as Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Once home to a tapioca mill run by Yap Ah Loy, the street is also fondly called Chee Cheong Kai in Cantonese which means starch factory street. By day the district is alive with shoppers haggling for fake brand-name products and tasting local Chinese cuisine, while at night the street turns into a busy market where stalls are put up in every space available and traders

Nearby is the Moorish-styleJamek Mosque, and the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is located along Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, one of KL’s oldest and richest Hindu temples. The nearest public transportation is at Pasar Seni LRT station of the Kelana Jaya Line and the Maharajalela Monorail station.

Chinatown Dining
Chinatown is practically jam-packed with a chain of hawker stalls and Chinese restaurants that sell a variety of delicacies that range from steamed buns to fresh seafood. Anywhere in Chinatown, you are welcomed with the smell of smoke coming from every kitchen. The place is also famous for the so-called ‘daging salai’ or smoked meat. As well, there are many restaurants offering Malay and Indian food.

One of the most popular dining places is Kim Lian Kee, which sells old-fashioned chee cheong fun or rice flour noodles served in the traditional way with sweet and spicy sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. At night the place becomes a Hokkien fried noodle stall. The Hon Kee Famous Porridge is another gastronomic delight that comes in different varieties: raw/cooked fish sliced porridge, pork innards porridge, pork meatballs porridge, century egg porridge and chicken porridge.

On another kind of dish, the Portuguese Grilled Fish is definitely an awesome cuisine to try will spending some time in Chinatown. This stall is located at the alleyway fronting the Hong Leong Bank. They serve a variety of unique culinary dishes such as the Portuguese style charcoal-grilled fish. What makes this dish unique is its specially-made chili sauce and wrapped in foil before grilling.

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