BY CK Lam

Our trips to Kuala Lumpur had us visiting many places, savoring the city’s food and staying at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Recommended by friends Alison and Narelle, the hotel with a casual, hip vibe offers solid bed to help us sleep through the nights.

The hotel is a convenient place of accommodation, especially for those who do not have transport as it is located opposite the KL Sentral transportation hub.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral by what2seeonline.comAloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral by what2seeonline.com

One of the best things about holidaying in KL is we get to spend more time with our youngest son and eating the food that we love. We found a great surprise in Yeast Bistronomy. Hidden in Bangsar, this charming cafe offers lots of classic French artisanal breads and pastries.

We had the Valrhona chocolat chaud & latte together with smoked duck cheese puff and chicken sandwich. The smoked duck cheese puff is a most fulfilling puff.

Finding a parking space in Bangsar is not easy, but don’t be put off by the difficulty.

YEAST BISTRONOMY @BANGSAR by what2seeonline.com

Smoked Duck Cheese Puff RM13

YEAST BISTRONOMY @BANGSAR by what2seeonline.com

Chicken Sandwich RM15

  YEAST BISTRONOMY @BANGSAR by what2seeonline.comYEAST BISTRONOMY @BANGSAR by what2seeonline.com

  Hot Chocolate & Caflatte

 

We have access to some of the nice food outlets at 1Utama, which include Menya Musashi. This small Japanese outlet at Eat Paradise in Isetan isn’t about raw fish but rather ramen. Posters of samurai adorned the walls and the pictures complete the bowls too.

We had two ramen on our lunch visit; the Kuro Ajitama ramen in a black broth at only RM24 and the Musashi Tsukemen at RM27. How to eat Tsukemen – Dip the noodles into the bowl of thick soup and slurp them up.

 MENYA MUSASHI at EAT PARADISE IN ISETAN, 1UTAMA by what2seeonline.com

Kuro Ajitama Ramen at MENYA MUSASHI at EAT PARADISE IN ISETAN, 1UTAMA by what2seeonline.comMusashi Tsukemen at MENYA MUSASHI at EAT PARADISE IN ISETAN, 1UTAMA by what2seeonline.com

 

Putien at 1Utama left us spoiled with many choices of Heng Hwa cuisine originating from the  town of Putian in Fujian Province in China. The set dinner at RM228 offers interesting dishes such as handmade ‘nine-fold’ intestine braised in traditional sauce, stir-fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon prepared with premium thin rice noodles from Putian.

Not forgetting the delicious cold pork jelly which provides a curious hint of flavor and texture.

PUTIEN @1UTAMA offers Heng Hwa Cuisine from Putian by what2seeonline.com
Braised ‘nine-fold’ intestine

PUTIEN @1UTAMA offers Heng Hwa Cuisine from Putian by what2seeonline.comPUTIEN @1UTAMA offers Heng Hwa Cuisine from Putian by what2seeonline.com

Cold pork jelly & yam duck

PUTIEN @1UTAMA offers Heng Hwa Cuisine from Putian by what2seeonline.com

Red bean dessert

 

We settled with a few dishes for lunch at Ben’s General Food Store. Located in Publika, Solaris Dutamas, this eatery offers a simple menu with food served in enamel-coated plates. We shared the quiche Lorraine, beef pie and mushroom lasagna prepared with pasta sheets layered with generous strips of earthy sauteed mushrooms.

The beef pie comes with rich flavorful cooked beef and is enjoyable with the side salad of vegetables, pineapples and roasted cod fish.

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Beef pie

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Varieties of food displayed in the open kitchen

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Zac and mummy

 

The trip included an invitation to the Hairy Crab Press Conference held at Dragon-I in Sunway Pyramid. The meal is indeed something to be savored.

Dragon-I Hairy Crab by what2seeonline.com

 

The Japan Sweets Fair event that we attended in Isetan KLCC is a sweet extravaganza, featuring lots of Japanese sweets. The event is capped off with the special appearance of Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka.

 Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka by what2seeonline.com

 

We met up with Bok and Ken after the Japan Sweets Fair. The two knowledgeable foodies friends took us to pig out at Wong Ken. Located off Jalan Pudu, this is a one stop place for roast meat. The star here is the roast pork (siew yoke).

Many hungry locals are willing sit and wait for  the roast pork which is only ready at 12.30pm sharp. The roast pork renders thin crispy skin, and layers of melting fat between tender meat. The luscious meat doesn’t come cheap, at RM96 for a kg.

Tel: 03-2145 2512

 Roast pork (siew yoke) at Wong Ken, KL by what2seeonline.comRoast pork (siew yoke) at Wong Ken, KL by what2seeonline.com

 

 

There is always a crowd  at Sek Yuen, an old restaurant ideally located along busy Jalan Pudu. This restaurant offers a long list of dishes for lunch and dinner. We never miss ordering the roast duck (pei par arp) and stir-fried prawns (kon jin har lok).

Sek Yuen Chinese Restaurant has little changed over the years and still has the rice served steamed in individual aluminium bowls.

SEK YUEN CHINESE RESTAURANT SEK YUEN CHINESE RESTAURANT  by what2seeonline.com

A restaurant worth returning to time and time again

SEK YUEN CHINESE RESTAURANT  by what2seeonline.com

Stir-fried prawns

 

Win Heng Seng coffeeshop has been around for decades and has become quite a popular place for breakfast and weekend brunch. We are loyal fans of this old kopitiam in Jalan Imbi, especially for its noodle with minced pork, sui cheong (roasted stuffed pork intestine) and pork balls. Aside from the noodle, we would at times go for the chee cheong fun with assorted fishballs, beancurd sheet and yong tau foo served with sweetish, KL-style brown sauce.

We had some freshly baked mini egg tarts and siew pau (baked pork buns) too.

Hawker food at WIN HENG SENG COFFEESHOP @JALAN IMBI by what2seeonline.com

 Hawker food at WIN HENG SENG COFFEESHOP @JALAN IMBI by what2seeonline.comHawker food at WIN HENG SENG COFFEESHOP @JALAN IMBI by what2seeonline.com

Mini egg tart and distinctly KL-style chee cheong fun

 

Our night outing could not have been any better at Journal By Plan B at Publika, Solaris Dutamas. We lingered long with some bites and freshly brewed coffee before calling it a night.

JOURNAL BY PLAN B AT PUBLIKA, SOLARIS DUTAMAS by what2seeonline.com

Part 2 of  my KL food trail can be view at:
http://www.what2seeonline.com/2013/12/travel-for-food-in-kuala-lumpur-2013-part-2/

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