Thursday, July 29, 2010

Travel + Food Photography: My Gustatory Life in KL

I promised a friend I'd blog about the food I encountered while I was away, and to try and tell her what's in each dish. Honestly though I don't think I'll be much help with deciphering the ingredients or how they were prepared, and I wasn't exactly comfortable with taking my camera out at the local Mamak stall, but I've taken photos of some of what I ate, some of which were my own preparation. Basically this is a peek at what I was eating while in KL. Click to enlarge photos.

On one of my first evenings in KL, Michelle and Reza took me out for dinner at one of the Chinese restaurants close to the condo. I forget the name, but we had the following.
Deep Fried Sotong and chili pork
*Deep Fried Sotong
Chinese Dinner
*Chili pork, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Kangkong. 
I realize that, save for the chilli pork, we repeated that meal in Petaling Street.

My first Friday in KL involved being at work early for a staff meeting, though my shift was from 2 to 10 that night. I had some time to explore the mall and that I did, wandering into the Arena food court under Jusco, LG level. Looked around and ordered Dried Pan Mee from Penang Noodle and Lam Mee. Just on impulse. 5.25 RM.
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*dried pan mee

My first real meal in KL was at around 130 to 2 AM. Kim had picked me up from KL Sentral and offered to buy me a meal. We promptly drove to one of the Mamak stalls close to the condo and had my first Nasi Lemak Ayam. However I didn't take photos then. Eventually though I ordered it again in several different locations, and purchased a couple of take-away ones from Jusco. The photos here are of the Nasi Lemak Biasa from Jusco. It's fattening rice (basically rice cooked in or with coconut milk), chili paste, with egg, peanuts and fish. I also ordered Nasi Goreng, though I have no pics of that though. Fail.
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*Nasi Lemak

Also bought Sambal Mee Goreng from Jusco just to make it a bigger meal. All carbs, I know.
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*Sambal Mee Goreng

I know I could opt to eat at any of the Mamak stalls walking distance away, makes for a hot meal and all that.  I guess the fact that this would cost less (there's a 20-30% discount for these things after 7pm, La Boheme), and that I wouldn't have to walk to and back from the stalls made it a more obvious choice.

One of the perks / challenges of living alone is preparing your food yourself. Due to the state of certain appliances at my host's pad, I made do with what I had. One of the things that I actually managed to cook was pasta using the rice cooker. Only took photos of my first try, successfully done without mess. I bought some fish snacks from 711 for my protein, that's why that's in the photo. I mixed it in with the pasta.
   My successive ones also involved a white sauce made from cream of mushroom soup, mixed with squeezy cheese. :P
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The evening after my pasta adventure, some of the girls took me to SS2 for my first Lok lok experience. The set-up is basically that there is a rack, well, a van in this case, with several different kinds of foodstuffs on skewer, with different prices, on ice on each side of the van. Each side of said van also has 2 vats of boiling water or Tom Yam for you to stick your skewer of choice into to cook. You get a little box in which to combine your choice of sauces (mild, medium spicy, spicy spicy) to dip your foodstuff in. At the end of your meal, based on the color and number of sticks, proprietor will charge you accordingly.
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   Aside from boiling the stuff, you can opt to have them grilled
*Lok Lok. Alright. That last pic probably isn't the most appetizing to look at, but I swear, it's good food.
On the opposite side of this guy's van, another person was selling taho and soymilk. Good eats.
   *Lok Lok side note. Every Monday in 1Utama, there is a stall in the LG level called Lok Lok Fun that offers eat all you can for 11.95 RM. I made it a point to go there for lunch on one of those days. Eeleen accompanied me. :) Sulit.

I'm not sure where Bubbletea originated, but I'd seen a store dedicated to it in SM Megamall before, but we had it so it counts. After the Loklok, we went and had Bubbletea a block away. Just a few pics of me and Jo.
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The one time I actually took a photo of what I ate at the Mamak Corner under the bridge was when I ordered Kuay Teow Goreng. It's basically flat noodles cooked goreng style, which is to say pan fried with a bit of soy sauce (is my guess) and peppers and vegetables.
*Kuayteow goreng

One of the last things I did on one of my last off days (third of three) in KL was go to Chinatown, where we walked around, checking stuff out. Mostly though, it kinda reminded me of Greenhills. Had Air Mata Kucing, and Tiger beer while we had dinner.
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*Air Mata Kucing   
"Water of the Cats Eyes"  longgan fruit based drink. Kind of tastes like sago gulaman to me.
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*Tiger beer.
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*Spicy deep fried Sotong, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Buttered fried chicken.

On the way out Inga treated us to Apam Balik, a local dessert which is like a peanut paste pancake sandwich.
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*Apam Balik. Michelle was, by far, the best model of us 3.

There you have it folks. My gustatory adventure in Kuala Lumpur. I'm sure there are other things that I wasn't able to explore or eat. That will have to wait until next time. :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Personal Update, and some Travel Photography: Kuala Lumpur

First off, I'd like to apologize to those who actually read my blog and visit it from time to time to check on where I've gotten to on two wheels. A lot has happened since my last Motorcycle Photo Diary entry that has led to me making the most of my off-days but not necessarily on the Honda Wave. Sorry for that.

Trying out a new layout courtesy of blogger's new Design tab. If anyone reads this, leave a comment in the comment section (on the actual blog preferably and in the facebook cross-post). Picture window, the theme is called. I'll think about how long I'm going to keep it that way.

For those of you who don't already know, I've spent the last two weeks of July in KL, on a semi-vacation, slash (yes I typed it out as a word) experiencing the TPC-KL lifestyle, meeting new friends, eating new food (photos in a blog entry to follow), going places and getting lost commuting around the city.
   Spent the first day off doing a half day city tour. Photos available as an album on my FB here, but for those who don't have access to that, they can check out the photos via my photobin (see previous entry) album. The arrangement's pretty funky, considering I rearranged it, but it'll give you cooliris-like usability. Click album, or here. Here are some of the highlights of the trip...

Went to the King's palace

no flag flying on the flagpole means the King's out

 Visited the national monument to the country's war heroes

those are some funky fountains.

And to... I forget what this place was. But the night before it played host to a World Cup finals public viewing.

  Menara Kuala Lumpur

I found these to be cool...

... your own personal tour-guide, in several different languages. Coolness. They guide you around the tower when viewing different parts of the city through different numbered windows.

The commercial district... I think.

My first view of the KL Petronas twin towers.

Got this on my way out.

Passed by the zoo at the bottom of the tower on my way to Petronas...

One of the many self-portrait shots that I took with the help with a remote control I bought off ebay ($4) and my little friend...

Say hello to my little friend, holding up my other little friend and his light-throwing buddy.
The packaging says it can take 3kg, but I'm sure the E410, lens et al weighs less than that. While it looks like the Joby SLR-Zoom gorillapod, and it's supposedly rated with the same weight-bearing capability, I got this one from CDR King. The Joby SLR-Zoom would cost you 49.95 Euros, but this one only cost me 280 Php.

On a not so totally unrelated note, the monopod with suction-cup that bought in my trip to Pampanga broke. I think I pulled too hard on it while it was attached to the windshield of my car. My bad. This one more than makes up for that though. 

So there you have it folks. A little bit of traveling photography and a little bit of useful tripod tech put in. I'll be making a few more entries in the following days. :) Spread it all out I guess. For now though I shall sleep. :)

Good night world.