Kuala Lumpur is probably the most diverse Asian city with a very prevalent distinction of multiple cultures, I have ever been to.
For instance with TV commercials, each commercial is in a different language: English, Chinese, Malay, or Hindi. Movies on TV had 3 rows of subtitles. .
We woke up very early to line up for ticket up to the Petronas Towers Skybridge. The tickets office opens at 8:30 AM, but we got there a little before 7:30 AM to secure a ticket. The Skybridge is on the 42nd floor of the 88th floor tower. We were one of the first visitors to go up to the Skybridge that morning. The view from the Skybridge is gorgeous; I can’t even imagine what the view would be on the 88th floor. At night the towers light up so brightly that it looks like a CGI.
We explored Chinatown in hopes to eat some authentic Chinese food, but were disappointed to see a very dense open style market filled with fake goods. We did manage to partly salvage our Chinatown trip with a cooling grass jelly drink with longan and grilled corn on the cob.
We explored the Batu Caves in the sweltering heat. The Murugan statue is the world’s tallest statue of this Hindu deity. After 278 steps I was gasping for air and my muscles were burning. But how could I complain when a Hindu family was carrying a baby in a yellow knapsack on sugarcane sticks all 278 steps? There are monkeys everywhere and the older ones are the aggressive ones. You can’t help gravitate to the little young ones.
I must confess, I did do some research before the trip on places to eat. However, when we got there we were completely enamored by the Shopping Malls, Restaurants, Food courts, A&W, and McDonalds. Yes even, McDonalds. You ask any Vietnam expat for travel suggestions around Asia, and they will identify the nearest McDonalds in the city since McDonalds has yet to enter the Vietnam market. Most memorable was the Taiwanese dessert shop called Snowflake at the Pavilion.
We did manage to have some bak kut teh which consisted of an herbal pork bone tea broth with pork fixings we got to choose. The taxi driver took us to this restaurant claiming it was very popular with Chinese locals or he just wanted to get us out of his taxi quick! Nonetheless, the bak kut teh was very tasty and it was also where we were sipping on herbal sugarcane juice (previous post).
Sun Fong Bak Kut Teh
35 Medan Imbi, KL
Pavillion, 4th Floor
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang