Friday, June 06, 2014

Discovering Malaysian Cuisine in Kuala Lumpur

When it comes time to choosing a destination, I let my stomach do the deciding.  Kuala Lumpur was my chosen destination because it's a new city, and I had yet to really discover Malaysian cuisine.

It's so much fun to learn about a culture through it's food.  You learn about local ingredients, local diets, and how other cultures and countries have influenced them through their cuisine.  Over the course of a few days, we feasted of Malay cuisine, Indian cuisine, and surprisingly had a really great burger.

It may be "playing it safe" but I enjoy hotel restaurants.  When you stay at a good hotel (I'm talking about five star status), you have the reassurance of quality ingredients and handling.  And, many of the chefs are locals with a good background in culinary education which means the food they serve is not only authentic but possibly also with a higher level of thought and sophistication.

At the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, you get some of the best views of the Petronas Towers and some of the most enjoyable eating at their local cuisine restaurant, JP Teres.  It's Malaysian cuisine that's clean, classy, and quality - exactly how I like to eat.  We ate here for majority of our meals because it's that good.  Breakfasts and dinners, both a la carte and buffet.

Prior to discovering our hotel's restaurant, we also explored the selections at the nearby Suria KLCC Mall.  Madam Kwan's is a local restaurant serving classic Malaysian cuisine in a casual environment.  You can sample the country in one sitting.

For a brief break in between Malaysian and Indian dishes, we also enjoyed the view and burgers at the hotel's Thirty8 restaurant.  This is definitely one of the better burgers I've had in Asia.

Overall, the eating in Kuala Lumpur provides a unique diversity of cultures and flavors.  It's definitely worth a visit to explore and taste for yourself.

Breakfast at JP Teres
Nasi lemak, tosai,  and samosas
All this for $10 USD!  Not bad at all for a hotel restaurant.

Nasi Lemak at Madam Kwan's

Satay at Madam Kwan's

Chicken wings at Madam Kwan's

Street food snacks at the local supermarket

Cold Tiger beer and a coconut to hydrate

Kari kepala ikan at JP Teres
Fish head curry, coriander, fenugreek, fennel, cumin, okra

Nasi goreng at JP Teres
Fried rice, egg, chicken, prawn, chicken satay, crispy whitebait, chili

Rendang daging at JP Teres
Braised beef, lemongrass, galangal, turmeric leaf, spices, coconut

Pandan chiffon cake with soft serve ice cream at JP Teres

Beef Burger at Thirty8
With arugula, ox heart tomatoes, caramelized shallots, aged cheddar cheese, and fries

Blueberry tart at Thirty8

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