Just around the corner from the Nuffnang office lay a Kopi Tiam so unassuming and quaint that you would fail to notice it the first time. Later on did I find out that Yut Kee was one of the oldest Kopi Tiam’s in Kuala Lumpur and was often full and constantly full. Known for their Chicken Chop and cakes, this is a frequent lunch spot for locals who are looking to get a good meal.
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I’ve finally touched down in KL and after a LONG night, I’ve entered our Malaysian office. For those of you who don’t know, I am country manager for Nuffnang Philippines. (Yep, those ads that you see floating around!) I flew in to KL to go on a food trip and how apt that I start of the trip with my first meal from a nearby resto called Pak Li.
I scoured the menu hoping to find what I was so yearning to eat, a traditional Malaysian dish called Nasi Lemak. True enough, there were several choices, but I decided to go all out and ordered the Special.
It came with peanuts and dilis, a drumstick swimming in red curry, half a hard boiled egg, sotong sambal, and of course copious amounts of sambal! I mixed them all together and they were heavenly. This is what I missed. I missed the spicyness that malaysian dishes brought. It packed everything with heat, and flavor. Filipino counterparts could only copy a portion of the flavor, but this was the real deal.
A colleague of mine ordered something as well and it looked really tasty. *note to self: must order this next time! Yummy Katong Laksa!*
I’m hoping to do the “hop-on, hop-off” bus today and find some really special food places here! Till my next entry!
It was nothing but a fling. Something more than a one night stand but not quite enough to be called acquaintances. This was my relationship with KL. It was such a short stay, but I got real intimate with the place. Thanks to Tim. That in the very short and quick 2 days, he managed to show me the potential that KL had. On our last day, we ate at Xiao Fei Yang. (It means Little Fat Kid). Upon entering the restaurant the strong scent of chili and curry in the made sure to every patron what they were getting into. We occupied 2 tables. It was our last day. I noticed that the utensils where all in plastic and wrapped in a shrink wrap plastic. I found it quite odd but did not say anything. Nic ordered in chinese. The lady who took my order for drinks also tried speaking to me in chinese. I had to say I didn’t understand (which was the only thing I know to say in mandarin) and she spoke to me in broken english. We had idle conversation. It was nice getting to know our MY counterparts. Actually I quite enjoyed the conversation.
Our drinks came and I was shocked at the enormity of the glasses. Watermelon shakes and Orange shakes. I ordered some coconut juice, but that was gone quickly. Xiao Fei Yang was actually a “steam boat” place. Similar to our shabu-shabu the steamboat was divided into two. One was regular soup. The other was excruciatingly spicy. I find myself drawn to the spicy. Just the smell alone made my eyes water. I dared not try it yet. But since it was my last night in KL I threw caution to the wind. I dipped my ladel and scooped out a bowl full of red awesomeness.
I had 3 layers of clothes on. (I like layering. I’m weird that way.) I had on my Adidas jacket, a long sleeved black shirt, and a white cotton undershirt underneath it all. The meal consisted of 3 servings or rather Nic divided it into 3 parts. After the 1st meal which was basically your typical shabu shabu with those balls of flour and some veggies. I had taken off my jacket and was mildly sweating.
2nd serving consisted of fried bean curd skin and frogs legs as well as pork and lamb. My black long sleeved shirt was still on but I was sweating profusely. People on my table started to laugh.
By the 3rd serving I looked like I just stepped out of the shower. My mouth was literally on fire and I was down to my white cotton undershirt. It was almost like eating pure chili soup. It looked like it was a mixture of water and chili oil! But I kept eating because it was so damn good. The rich flavors really brought out the best in each other. The chili made me feel so alive. Forget the lack of sleep, for this brief time, I was alive. I am not a big fan of spicy food. I like mildly spicy but I feel that spicier it gets, the flavor tends to get lost. I was mistaken. The spiciness only made the flavors taste even better. To a sensitive palette like mine, I thought the strong chilis would numb my tastebuds but on the contrary it brought out the scintillating flavors that usually are missed because one gulps down the food to quickly. I am now a convert. Place a bowl of chili near me and you see me grabbing it right away. Till our next meeting KL. I promise to be more adventurous the next time around.
Some head shots of people in my table:
When we talk about food tripping it usually involves venturing out to a certain province or locale and eating the food there. But when Timothy Tiah took us food tripping it involved going from one restaurant to another. Ordering just enough at each place to keep you satisfied and yet not full. But after this was a series of meals where you just have to have enough space! So the food trip begins!
We started out at an MRT station underneath the KLCC Mall. We entered Shanghai 10 at a little past 1:30 PM ( my fault actually for asking a few more minutes to work a little bit more!) Tim quickly ordered in Chinese and the waitress was off. We had our own room. Tim explained that during the lunch rush, the noise level could get a way bit over the top and having an own room is sometimes not even enough.
I was a bit thrown off when the dessert I thought came first. Durian Pancakes. (Yes durian pancakes!) It was basically a crepe made out of the durian meat and cream which was wrapped with the crepe. (They call it a pancake because it was for dessert. I dunno David explained this) It had a strong Durian taste to it which I just couldn’t get over. I guess it wasn’t for my palette.
They egg tarts came out next and they nothing really out of the ordinary. I still miss the egg tarts of Ilocos. Now those were awesome!
The noodles and fried rice arrived and I thought it was a bit odd that we were eating so little. Normally for the group that we had there would be 2 orders of each and everyone would eat to till they were full. Tim said we had to save room for the Rotiboy bun! Oh was I glad I did. After eating the noodles and rice, we quickly left and walked over to the KLCC mall where we found Rotiboy. Now if you are in KL, this is a MUST try. I cannot compare it with anything else. The bun was sweet but not too sweet. Soft and airy but when you start munching it turns full and easy to digest. I could have eaten this for awhile. If I was going to miss anything from KL, this would be it. Rotiboy. (Actually I miss Bak Kut Tey alot and regret being too tired and sleepy to actually remember to bring my camera to take pictures!)
Tim then took us strolling (to digest our food I’m guessing!) just below the Petronas Towers! I actually liked it. I like strolling in nice parks after eating. Something I don’t get to do back here in the Philippines. He toured us to the KL Convention Center and finally walked back to the car. Of course Tim had to get dessert and well, I went to KL and had Auntie Anne’s! LOL! It was one a simple food trip. The food was not particularly unique but the entire experience was great. The park walk was awesome. The KLCC was a great mall. Thanks Tim! Till I return!
Our gracious host and leader Mr. Timothy Tiah (one of the founders of Nuffnang) took us all out for dinner at Duck King located at Jaya One just outside Kuala Lumpur. It would be a chinese dinner. And it would be one of the best. First to arrive would be the mapo tofu steak with seaweed or nori on top. The tofu was one of the best I’ve tasted. Nice and firm when you scoop it up but literally turns into liquid when you start munching. It was beautiful example of perfect chinese cooking. And then the main course started flowing in.
We had some deep fried Kang Kong which tasted alot like junk food snacks. That was gone quite quickly. The Peking Duck, Pork Belly, and Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet were all incomparable to anything I’ve tasted here in the Philippines. This was simply a divine meal. I didn’t know when to stop. With the absence of water or any soft drink to fill myself up, I just kept eating. It was beautiful. I am a big fan of duck. This meal was something. It was both unforgettable. We got to see the regular side of Tim Tiah. I admit I am a big fan of him and princess. (Audrey but no one calls her that anymore!) Thank you Tim for the food. It was one of the best I’ve had in a long time.