Savour local favourites such as Malaysia’s famous Nasi Lemak, Ikan Bakar and Satay on this eye-opening food walk adventure through Kampung Baru!
Step onto the quaint little streets of Kampung Baru, a century-old Malay Enclave in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Globally recognised, Kampung Baru's wooden houses set amidst towering skyscrapers is a paradox of time and style, a scene that is almost surreal to our eyes. Gazetted as a Malay Agricultural Settlement in the 1900s, the village elders have chosen to turn potential property developers away from their real estate that is estimated to be worth up to US$1.4 billion in order to protect and retain their traditional village lifestyle within the city. The beautiful and majestic KLCC Twin Towers can be seen in the contrasting background of this Malay village.
Other than their rich history, the district is also well known locally for their selection of delicious traditional Malay dishes. Starting our little food walk adventure, look forward to tasting some of Malaysia's most classic Malay style dishes such as Nasi Lemak, Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish), Sup Tulang (bone marrow soup), Satay and much more! Explore all these delectable and hearty dishes which are windows to local culture!
Undoubtedly well-deserved, Kampung Baru has been featured in a litany of online publications/online news portals such as CNN Travel, Time Out KL, HungryGoWhere and even Lonely Planet. One common denominator is the nasi lemak and grilled fish, which we will definitely try. But wait, there's more! Nasi Campur (literally 'mixed rice') is every foodie's dream come true. With an array of grilled seafood, meat, vegetables and an assortment of curries, you'll find yourself in seventh heaven after the meal.
If you're looking for seafood, this is without a doubt the place to be! Suraya Seafood, an al fresco dining establishment, serves succulent seafood with flavours beyond your expectation. Go with the tom yam and kangkung belacan (stir fried spicy water spinach) and you won't be disappointed. Then, soothe your burning mouth with a cup of creamy and refreshing coconut shake or the savoury Rojak, a traditional fruit and vegetable salad often eaten with shrimp paste dressing – a match made in heaven! Or perhaps something simpler but equally intriguing, the tapai ubi (fermented cassava dessert wrapped in banana leaves).
As mentioned in the CNN Travel article, it is folly to go to the night bazaar with a full stomach; you'd find all kinds of snacks and beverages! Depending on where you're from, the night bazaar would be quite a sight. At this point, you'd probably be replete with food after such an amazing day but once you've been acquainted with Malay cuisine, you'll find it hard to resist.