With so many ethnic races calling it home, Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia has been a melting pot of different beliefs, traditions, and culture.
Even the gastronomic preference of its people is far too diverse.
In my very brief stay in this remarkable city, I was able to enjoy the dishes that somehow represent the different groups that comprise Kuala Lumpur.
In the heart of the city’s Chinatown district, near Puduraya, in the middle of the Tang Yang food district, I enjoyed a sumptuous Loh Mee Yee soup that was so rich, I couldn’t help myself but order another bowl.
For a meager 5 Malaysian ringgit (RM), I tremendously enjoyed this noodle soup cooked in generous servings of egg, squid, and prawn. There’s also a lot of vegetables thrown into the mix. The dish also has deep-fried scrambled eggs (does that make sense, hahaha)
And yes, the lowly lomi soup in the Philippines might have been a great descendant, though of this Loh Mee Yee soup. Loh Mee simply means fried noodles.
I think one major difference between Loh Mee Yee and the Pinoy lomi is that the latter gives you the option to make it real spicy. (take note of the chili sauce).
Meanwhile, In one of the food stalls along Thun H. S. Lee street, just a block away from Chinatown and very close to Pasar Seni station, I discovered the wonders of Nasi Ayam. or Roasted chicken poured with some very spicy sauce.
And just before you think I am slowing down on spending, I gave myself a real treat and dined in one of the authentic restaurants near Petronas Towers, called The Coffee and Spice Company for dinner. This cozy restaurant, in my opinion, serves truly sumptuous Malaysian cuisines.
Though I paid a pricey 20RM, I enjoyed the restaurant’s Nasi Lemak, which I learned is actually considered a national heritage of Malaysia.
This dish is basically curried chicken served with rice soaked in coconut cream, anchovies (ikan bilis), boiled egg, cucumber slices, nuts and prawns. In short, a very heavy meal enough to satisfy anyone’s hunger pangs.
I didn’t eat the nuts since it makes my face really oily the next day, but I decimated the entire order with gusto. After all, it is not everyday that you eat the national dish of Malaysia in Malaysia.
After two days of indulging in the rich and tasty Malaysian culinary world, I decided to take a break during my travel from Kuala Lumpur to Thailand by going back to my comfort food: sausages, eggs and toasted bread. Yummy!
I know, I know, I should have enjoyed more Malaysian food while I was at it, but you know, it also pays to enjoy very basic meals to tell the difference between your average meals and the ones that you will truly enjoy and remember.
And believe, days after my initial encounter with Malaysian’s dishes, I know that I will have to come back and enjoy some more,