Travel Postcard: 48 hours in food-crazy Kuala Lumpur

Fri Jun 3, 2011 9:05am EDT
 
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By Niluksi Koswanage

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters Life!) - Malaysia's capital boasts numerous street vendors and restaurants that offer an insight into its multicultural character.

Ethnic Malays, who are Muslim, make up the majority of the population in Malaysia and dominate its cuisine with their liberal use of coconut milk, aromatic herbs and shrimp paste.

Chinese and Indian minorities also contribute, carrying the cuisine of their forefathers who came to Malaysia as early as the ninth century as traders.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to Kuala Lumpur, capital of a nation where the common greeting is, "Have you eaten yet?"

FRIDAY

3.00 p.m. - Drop your bags at Hotel Equatorial, a KL food institution that dishes up some great hawker treats and provides a quick introduction to local cuisine (www.equatorial.com).

7.00 p.m. - Flag a taxi to nearby Kampung Baru, a Malay enclave that preserved its village lifestyle with wooden houses on stilts even as the city developed around it.

Get dropped off at Jalan Raja Muda Musa, a street filled with food stalls. As the call to prayer ends at a nearby mosque, head straight to any stall selling satay -- skewered, grilled chicken or beef with spicy peanut sauce.   Continued...

 
<p>"Pak Din" or "Uncle Din" prepares grilled fish at his stall in Kuala Lumpur April 25, 2011. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad</p>