Got our tastebuds back in Chinatown - 13th April 2015

I must mention a problem we had with the inner city free bus service. The Tourist information tells you to look for the Purple Buses. The confusing thing about this is they have two different routes that overlap at one point near the Pavillion Shopping Complex. The Green route is the real inner city one and uses a Purple bus. You look at its destination sign and it says Green Route. The Purple route uses the purple buses with Purple Route on their destination board. We used both yesterday but today we are taking the Purple Route that goes via China Town and the Market.

China Town

China Town

Old Market

Old Market

You may wonder why there has been scant mention of food since we got to KL. The reason is simple. The food we have eaten here so far has been shopping centre food and while tasty enough, it is not worth reporting as is the case in the western world.  Hope to get our taste buds operational again in Chinatown today!

Headed off via the Green bus route and then the Purple bus route to China Town and The Old Market. China town is in an older area of KL and the Shop houses behind the stalls in Petaling Street all have the 5 foot walkways of old. Many stalls and people in Petaling Street. Had great food in a Hawkers Food market off the main section. Yummy mixed Vegetables, Fried Prawn and vegetables with a garlic Naan. Our taste buds were working again. Cost just 20RM or $7.10 Australian.

Spicy prawns and mixed vegetables

Spicy prawns and mixed vegetables

Mixed vegetables

Mixed vegetables

Garlic naan

Garlic naan

People here are so helpful and respectful (could be our age). They made sure we got off the bus at the right stop and gave us directions whenever we looked confused, not like Athens or Casablanca where you can easily form the impression you are not welcome. The purple bus on the way back to our hotel was packed to the rafters (about 150 on a bus made to carry 50). Many of them looked like Bangladeshi guest workers and Erica was heard to mutter “they don’t look like Pavillion shoppers to me”. When our stop came at the Pavillion we wove our way through them and managed to alight. The free bus is a great idea here in KL.

We visited the Orchid Gardens here but it was disappointing as not many were in flower. As we have moved around KL, we have been impressed by the wide streets with street plantings and many trees.

Yesterday in the Suria Shopping complex we discovered a fabulous supermarket on the lower level where every type of gourmet food from the rest of the world was available. Stilton Cheese in stone pots took my eye as well as Australian Rump steak at similar prices to Australia.

As we returned home today we realised that Setan (the supermarket) has 3 floors of fragrance and fashion above it. Erica spotted some Fit Flops (an English brand) that she had wanted but could not get her shoe size. Her luck was in and we left clutching a pair.

All over Malaysia it is hard to buy larger sizes in clothes and shoes. In KL you can buy up to date fashion from all over the world. It is truly an International city in every way.

Off to Kuching in Borneo early tomorrow.