BNE May/June 2017 |
uala Lumpur is perhaps the most diverse city in South East
Asia. It is far from short on monuments, from brightly coloured
temples and towering golden Gods to the sprawling Jamek
Mosque, and its mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures means it is
a great city for anyone who enjoys good food – which is plentiful. For a
girls getaway it has all the right ingredients of delicious food, great value
shopping and a selection of bars that serve seriously good cocktails.
Now that new flights have been launched by Malindo Air it’s possible to
depart Brisbane on a Wednesday morning and land in Kuala Lumpur just
in time to drop the luggage and refresh before heading out to enjoy some
sightseeing and cocktail sampling at the same time. The Petronas Towers are
Kuala Lumpur’s most famous landmark, dominating the skyline at a soaring
88 storeys, and SkyBar, on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel, offers a great
view – along with free selected cocktails for ladies from 6pm-11pm every
Wednesday night. Sip by the pool and plan the days ahead.
Exploring KL’s diverse culinary heritage is one of the city’s great adventures
and we start with breakfast. It’s hard not to smile at the brilliantly-painted
archways that greet us the second we arrive in Little India where Chat
Masala (259 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields) is highly recommended.
The soft and flaky roti canai or a classic masala dhosa feast of bread and
spicy sauces fire us up for some serious bargain hunting (and the Indian
sweets are good here too).
Next door Mangala Theebam is the Indian superstore to end all Indian
superstores. I could spend hours browsing their spectacular sari collection
which spans the gamut from richly jewelled affairs in shades of emerald
and turquoise to simpler, lighter hues. From here, it’s an easy amble across
Little India shopping for kohl, perfume, costume jewellery – whatever
takes your fancy! – ending at Jalan Scott.
The Wei-Ling Gallery (8 Jalan Scott, Brickfields), with its antique-filled
ground floor and modern art above, makes a fab quick culture stop while
the vast and colourful Sri Kandaswamy Kovil temple down the road (3
Lorong Scott, Brickfields) is a must for the Instagram feed. By this time,
we’re craving lunch and a local classic is Vishal Food & Catering (22 Jalan
Scott), an unfussy street-style eatery that serves up Chettinad Tamil curries,
from gentle dhal to fiery lamb and tangy tamarind-okra, dolloped around a
mound of steaming rice on a banana leaf.
Staying with the Indian theme, we jump an Uber to the Batu
Caves, less than 30 minutes out of town at Selangor, probably KL’s
The food in KL is
a melting pot of
Chinese, Malay and