I didn’t eat anything interesting this week so I decided to take you on a short little walk through the area we in Kuala Lumpur call Chinatown. Its also known affectionately as Petaling Street because that’s where its located; and used to be where the Chinese traders would set up shop. Some of the good food around KL originated here. These days, things are a little different down there, but it is still an interesting place to walk about in.
I was there only for a little while, playing with my camera and if it wasn’t so hot (note to self: Midday is not a good time for photo taking!) I would have taken more and better shots. As it stands, since it was so hot anyway, lets cool down with a must stop area of Chinatown
This humble stall somewhere in the middle of the maze that is Chinatown, selling ice cold “Air Mata Kucing” (Lit. Cat Eyes Water) is a must visit. But not to worry. No cats were harmed in making this drink “Mata Kucing” (cat eyes) is a local name for longan and this is a drink made from boiling dried longans, wintermelon and lo han guo with rock sugar. You can just as easily make this at home, and I do [Location & details here]
The drink is deliciously sweet and importantly ice cold. One cup is rarely if ever enough and I’ve learnt not to share my drink with anyone
A little way down the street is an old man selling some local “kuih” (cakes) which is like a pancake. The small ones are fluffy pancake like and have coconut mixture in it.
The larger ones cut into slices have crunchy peanuts and sugar sprinkled on the inside and then folded over. I don’t know what to call these except maybe Peanut Pancakes? They are a traditional snack but it is increasingly difficult to get good ones. This old man makes one of the best I’ve had in KL
Roasted chestnuts can be found here at all times of the year, not just Christmas My mom loves eating chestnuts so we naturally had to stop and buy a bag. This is a mechanical roaster I spotted. The chestnuts are kept turning as they are roasted with sugar and erm… sand?
Chinatown is also where you can find the fresh flower wholesale shops. There is a shop I frequent here for my fresh flower needs and the prices are a little cheaper than going to a florist. There are also ready made bouquets which are available at all times. I sometimes wonder who buys them but apparently people do!
During the evenings is when more traders appear and the pace starts to pick up in the area. More stalls come out, and it becomes quite crowded in the evenings. There is a lot of *ahem* “designer goods” to be found here still. Its one of those shady things people don’t talk much about, but everyone knows where to go for things like that.
I plan to return another day for another practise session with my camera. I enjoy walking there, exploring the various streets and filling up on the street food and snacks as I go. Join me next time?
I hope you enjoyed this little diversion from the regular Scrumptious Saturday post. I might head to another part of KL next time
Scrumptious Saturday : One day in a week where I dish out random scrumptiousness from my other love – food!