Hanifa for Chocolates and Petaling Street for Souvenir Items
- Hanifa’s address is 149 Jalan Masjid India, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can get there by bus, by train or by taxi. You can find many chocolates and other goods in a very affordable prices.
- If you plan to buy souvenir items like key chains, miniature buildings and a lot more, do not buy inside the malls. It can be a bit pricey. Petaling Street or often called Chinatown sells affordable souvenir items. You can also find shirts with Malaysia prints for only 5-10 RM.
Kuala Lumpur is relatively a very safe tourist destination. But there are some few things to avoid while staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Traffic Jam. Because Malaysia offers very affordable cars, many people can own one. That’s why traffic jam is one of the problems of KL during rush hour. Usually, traffic starts at 5:30 pm until around 7 pm during weekdays after work. So, if you are in KL, avoid traffic jam by taking the train, by walking if your place is nearby or by avoiding congested areas such as Jalan Tun Razak, Bukit Bintang, Jalan Raja Chulan and many other areas. Or you can install the app Waze because it can give you which congested areas to avoid real-time and can give you optional route to your destination.
- Taxi drivers who ask for a higher taxi fares. Taxi fares are supposedly measured by meter. If a taxi driver asks you to pay a certain amount and not using meter, it is better not to take that taxi because some may ask you double the exact fare. Taxis on stand by near KLCC except for the blue executive ones, since those are really expensive, taxis near Berjaya Time Square, Petaling Street and sometimes any where in KL will ask you for high fare. You’d better go a bit far away from those areas to take taxi. If you’re in KLCC, just cross the road across and wait for taxi near H&M. If you’re in Berjaya Time Square, also cross the road using the overpass, you’ll reach the bus stop near a sports wear shop and wait for a taxi that does not ask for a high fare. If you’re in Petaling Street or Chinatown, you also just have to cross the overpass, you will reach the taxi stand near the Kota Raya building and take the taxis there. But sometimes they ask higher fare, so, look for another one. They won’t bother if you don’t take them. Or better yet, install the application MyTeksi. This application will send a taxi to your place and drives you to your destination. You just to add 2RM for government tax. But they will use meter for the fare.
- Spicy food. If you are not into spicy food or you have never been a fan of chilli, then go easy on Malaysian food. Most of their dishes are filled with pepper. But you want to try some of their spicy dishes, make sure to order a milder one. And if you are already a spicy hot dishes fan, you can try these dishes.
- Petty Theft. Though there were very few cases of theft in KL, but it’s better to be careful. Cases like hand phone and hand bag snatching by someone riding in a motorcycle occurred in one of the dark places where not so many people are around.
Malasysian dishes usually are spicy. The first time I tasted their dishes, it was like I was eating a whole bunch of pepper. But eventually, dishes became familiar to my taste and actually became delicious.
Here is the list of the dishes you can try when you travel in Malaysia. These dishes are very common here.
- Nasi Lemak – Malaysia’s national dish. It is a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and “pandan” leaf. It is served with sambal (to die for), peanuts, small dried fish, sometimes with scambled egg and sliced cucumber. This dish is great during breakfast.
- Tom Yam Soup – originally from its neighboring country Thailand, but it is widely served in Malaysia. It is spicy, sour and is best served when hot. This is really tasty especially mixed with shrimp/prawn. But sometimes, chicken is mixed with this soup.
- Chicken / Beef Rendang – commonly served during the Malaysian Muslim’s Hari Raya. This dish is prepared for a long time and is slowly cooked in order for the spices to blend in. This dish is quite heavy and is delicious. But if you are a first timer for this
- Roti Canai – is a kind of bread, a flat bread which is Indian-influenced and is eaten with a sauce.
- Ayam Goreng Kunyit – a very simple fried turmeric chicken and goes very well with hot plain rice, soy sauce and chilli sauce.
- Satay – is a kind of dish where in the diced or sliced meat (chicken, beef, mutton) is seasoned, skewered and grilled.
- Asam Laksa – is a sour, fish-based soup with thick noodles or vermicelli. The main ingredients include shredded mackerel, and finely sliced vegetables (cucumber, onions, red chillies, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, “Vietnamese mint or laksa mint and pink torch ginger).
- Teh Tarik – is a milk tea served hot. It is prepared by repeatedly pouring the mixture from one mug to another.
- Ikan Bakar – is a dish which includes a burnt marinated fish and a dipping sauce. This dish is not perfect without the sauce. My tongue is actually salivating while thinking of this dish.
- Beef Noodle Soup in Secret Recipe – You can find Secret Recipe inside KLCC, Sungei Wang or any mall in KL. But this soup is quite pricey but it’s worth a try.