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We indulged in loads of food during our visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. South East Asian countries have always been the confluence of street-food. If you don’t indulge in street food when in any of the Asian countries, it might be safe to say that you missed a big part of the culture. The streets pavements are packed 24 hours with vendors selling scores of different types of food.

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For us eating out in the street is crucial during our travels to different countries. We always end up exploring most of the street food around the country. And along with eating, it’s fun conversing with the locals, vendors and hawkers as we enjoy our meal.

Words of Wisdom In The Streets

We list out our favorite street foods from across Kuala Lumpur:

  1. Nasi Goreng – Unofficially known as Malaysia’s national food, every 30 meters you’ll be able to find a vendor selling Nasi Goreng. Soon as we got down off the bus from the airport, we headed over a hawker on the pavement selling Nasi Goreng packed in leaf packets. They are dirt cheap costing about RM 1-2 if you eat on the streets. They rise accordingly in prices as the grandeur of the restaurant/café/ tourist area you eat at. You can choose you own version of ingredients to add. I personally love it with fried chicken, anchovies and topped off with a fried egg and peanuts.Nasi Goreng - Choices
    Nasi Goreng - Packed
  2. Nasi Ayam – Nasi is rice in Malay and Ayam is chicken. So the classic combination of rice and chicken is a hit when had your own choice of sauces. Although we’d prefer to stay true to the sambal sauce but you might as well pick up your own choice too. It’s served with a side of broth which is extremely packed with flavor.Nasi Ayam
  3. Nasi Udang – Udang is Malay for Prawns. Another classic dish which can’t go wrong is the Nasi Udang with your own choice of sauce.Nasi Udang (1)
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  4. Roti Canai – Malaysia’s food has been diversely affected from Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese style of cooking along with it’s religion. The Roti Canai is the inspiration from India with it lying somewhere between a laccha paratha and a roomali roti.Roti Canai
    Roti Canai With Teh Tarik
  5. Teh Tarik – The Teh Tarik is considered the national drink of Malaysia and is a hot milk-based beverage made using black tea and condensed milk. Give way to your cappuccinos to settle for a Teh Tarik when in Malaysia and the antics of the vendors when preparing a Teh Tarik won’t go unnoticed. The tea is pulled repeatedly until it gives a frothy top. There are actually several competitions where the brewers can show off their skills.Teh Tarik
  6. Kaya ToastThe beauty of Kaya Toast is that it can had as savory, dessert and also on the side of a beverage. Kaya means coconut jam and the Kaya Toast is famous all over Singapore and Malaysia. I liked the having the Kaya Toast topped with sugar alongside my The Tarik when in Kuala Lumpur. But you can also top it off with eggs, pandan and lots of other stuff too of your choice. The Old Town Coffee House outlets are found almost every 5 kms when in Kuala Lumpur and serve up a delicious Kaya Toast along with a range of coffees.Old Town White Coffee
    Kaya Toast
  7. Putu Bambu – This Malaysian dessert is a beautiful rice-based pandan flavored dessert. It’s made of rice flour, palm sugar and pandan flavor which gives it the green coloring. It is then steamed in a bamboo and served with grated coconut.Malaysia - Centra Market
    Putu Bambu
  8. Shibuya Toast – The Shibuya Toast origins are in Japan but almost every Asian country now has gone crazy all over it. When walking through the food court of Suria KLCC, I couldn’t help but notice every 3rd table having in front of them a plate of Shibuya Toast. I settled for the classic version of Shibuya Toast with honey and ice cream but there were lots and lots of choice for other to indulge in. Toppings of fruits, exotic flavors of ice-creams, berries, maple syrup and lots more.Shibuya Toast

We will have more street food from across Kuala Lumpur feature on our next post when we cover Jalan Alor and Bukit Bintang. There are the main streets where lots of street food are found.

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If you’ve had any friend who’s visited Kuala Lumpur, it’s customary that he/she would have should you a picture of them with the iconic Petronas Towers. These are must do things which are part of every plan and it is with awe that you shall look at the Petronas towers. They were once the tallest towers in the world before the Burj Khalifa and Taipei 101, soared through the list.

Underneath the Petronas Towers is the Suria KLCC shopping mall. If you’re one of those who goes crazy and loves to shop, then the Suria KLCC is for you. With more than 400 stores ranging from house big box retailers, high-street brands, indie labels, local boutiques and a huge food court to boast of. It’ll be hours before you’re done with completing Suria KLCC as a whole.

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The Petronas Twin Towers (or “Menara Berkembar Petronas” in Malay) are twin skyscrapers located in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (“KLCC”). The twin towers are constructed of reinforced concrete with steel and glass facade referencing motifs found in Islamic art. A sky-bridge connects the two towers together at midpoint.

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Tickets to visit the Petronas Towers almost certainly run out by 8AM in the morning. There are usually tourists lining up in queue as early as 5 AM to grab tickets for entry to the Petronas Towers. So it most certainly advisable to buy the Petronas Tower visit tickets in advance online to beat the rush and also help plan your day better visiting other hot-spots around KL. The tickets to the Petronas Towers can be purchased here.

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While you gather around in your group, the first stop on the “Petronas Tower Tour of Discovery”  and have a security briefing. You’re then most certainly shuttled off for photos for reasons which become apparent later. The group is then crammed into a lift which is then shuttled off till the 41st Floor. I would have truly loved the lift to have been of entire glass so that I could have watched the city’s skyline as I went up the floors, but sadly a video of you going up plays on the side.

The 41st floor is where the sky-bridge is. The sky-bridge connect the two towers at the 41st and 42nd floors. Contrary to what you might think, the sky bridge is actually not physically attached as it might look. It is designed to allow for swaying of the two towers during high winds. You will be allowed to stay here for 10 minutes to take photographs or just admire the views.

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After the 10 minutes of you’ll be asked to queue up to be taken up to Level 83. From Level 83 you will ushered to another pair of smaller lifts which will take you up to the actual observatory on Level 86 of Tower 2. The view of the skyline of Kuala Lumpur is phenomenal from the observatory deck and also you can get a view of the pinnacle of the two towers.

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The trip is then officially completed and you’ll be brought down and make your way out through the souvenir shop. You can choose to buy the merchandise and also the photographs which had been clicked by the staff earlier, embossed on the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Petronas Towers is an iconic structure depicting the greatness of Human Engineering feat and a must visit when in KL. After the visit to the Petronas Towers we headed through the Suria KLCC to visit the Aquaria KLCC.

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The Aquaria KLCC is housed in the same area and can be navigated to through the Suria KLCC. It’s fun to visit the Aquaria KLCC if you are with kids. They will have a gala time at the Aquariam.

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Right outside the Petronas Towers is the KLCC Park, a huge man-made park. We chose to sit at the KLCC Park while watching the sun set over the Petronas Towers. It was beautiful seeing the two towers lighting up slowly as the sun set taking on different hue of colors as the natural light faded.

KLCC Park

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We have got multiple requests from people who have asked us to help plan their itinerary in Malaysia. Malaysia is one of the beautiful countries to visit if you’re planning a vacation from India. Direct low-cost flights are available from almost all major airports in India to Kuala Lumpur with the major airlines being Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia and Lion Air. We decided to list out all that you need to know to help you plan your next trip to Malaysia.

Visa Process For Indian Citizens:

The Malaysian Visa is one of the easiest ones to attain for an Indian Passport holder. VFS Global handles the visa process activities for the Malaysian Govt. in India. You can either go direct to the VFS Global Visa Centers in your city or apply through a travel agent. It is advisable to always take the 1 year multiple entry visa to Malaysia which costs the same as a 3 month visa.

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Reaching From Airport To Kuala Lumpur City Center:

To go about the rest of the routes in Kuala Lumpur, you certainly have to reach city center. City Center is the heart of the city is from where all the roads diverge to the rest of Kuala Lumpur. Unless you are ready to shell out a huge amount for Airport cabs, the Airport buses and KLIA Exspres are your best bets. Uber works out too.

KL Airport

The KLIA is the major airport of the city and might just be the busiest airport in Asia. The Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia from India arrive at the KLIA in Kuala Lumpur. The KLIA Exspres is the fastest way to the city center and if you’re pressed for time, then it’s advised to use this mode of transport. There is 4G wifi on board and takes about 25 minutes to the reach the city center. Tickets costs RM 55 and can be purchased online.

The Airports buses are the best and most economical way to navigate from the KLIA airport to City Center. There are more than 4-5 bus services which ply between these routes with tickets costing RM 9-10. They are comfortable, have music on board (plays according to the driver’s mood) and take about 45 minutes to reach the City Center. The tickets can be pre-booked online too but I’d suggest to take the bus at the terminal itself depending on which of the airport carriers are waiting. So in that way you don’t have to wait for your own booked bus and just board the one that’s about to leave.

Bus Bay From Airport

Getting Around Kuala Lumpur:

Kuala Lumpur has great connectivity when it comes to using the Metro. Get a metro map at your hotel reception right when you’re checking in for future use. The taxis do not follow strict meter guidelines and you can end up being quoted a lot.

But honestly the best way for getting around KL was calling for an Uber. I found it to be the cheapest mode of transport during my visit to KL. For a ride from Suria KLCC to Bukit Bintang which almost every taxi quoted as RM 20, I ended up with a bill of just RM 5 for the journey.

The next posts shall concentrate more about Food, Places to Visit and Things To Do in KL.

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