Short Getaway Makan Trip to Kuala Lumpur from 30 Mar to 1 Apr 2018

It has been a while since my last visit to KL last year in Apr. Most of the people, that I know of, will usually drive up for a short trip. For me, driving up to KL is a strict no no as I always find that security is a big concern. As such, I do not want to subject myself to undue stress over a vacation.

So, I decided to fly in instead. There are many flight options from Singapore to KL. Flight time is about an hour compared to driving which takes about 4 hours.

Most economical way is to fly via budget air like Scoot, AirAsia or Jetstar. During off peak season, you may get a return ticket for as low as below $100. As I am taking advantage of the Good Friday holiday, ticket prices are slightly on the higher side especially on a weekend. I chose to fly via Malindo Air instead, a full fledge airline at a cost almost comparable with budget air tickets with the baggage and seats added on.

This trip is mainly a fooding trip, to catch up on my to-eat list. At the same time, enjoy a short re-charge and importantly spending quality bonding time with family.

Whenever I am in KL, I will engage my regular reliable transport provider, Mr Lau whom I have known for a couple of years. He will always be there to fetch me from the Airport to The Gardens in Mid Valley. Mr Lau is friendly, trustworthy and importantly, always on time. A single trip cost about MYR 120. A safe and reliable service is what I needed, though some of us may prefer cheaper option like hailing a Grab Taxi.

For those of you who are keen to engage his transport service, he can be contacted at +60 12 367 8085.

I stayed at the The Gardens Residence for this visit as it is right in the heart of Mid Valley Mega Mall. This is where all the actions are. You have everything self-contained under one roof from shopping, international food cusines, movie theatres, etc. You name it, you have it. There are 3 main hotels here; Cititel, The Boulevard & The Gardens. Price ranges from the same sequence as well from low to high. 😊

The 2 bedroom apartment is clean, huge and spacious (130 sqm).

Immediately after check-in, started to work on embarking on my food trail.

First on my list will be the Village Roast Duck Restaurant located at B1 of the Mid Valley Mega Mall.

Star of the meal – Special Roast Duck Cantonese Style. This is a die-die must order dish.

Another not to be missed will be the Honey Glazed Barbeque Pork which literally melts in your mouth type.

A plate of plain noodle would be the most preferred choice to go along with the roast duck and BBQ pork.

There are other champion menus which are highly recommended too.

Stir Fried Four Types of Vegetable with Sambal Sauce a.k.a The 4 Heavenly Kings (四大天皇).

Stuffed Chili, Auberine & Beancurd with Minced Prawn. Yong Tau Foo lovers, this is not to be missed.

Poached Chinese Spinach with Pork Stock. The soup is really refreshing.

Last but not least, the traditional KL Hokkien Fried Noodle. The noodle is thick like Udon. Sinfully good with abundance serving of pork lard condiment.

Next trail will be tea time break at Nonya Colors. If you want to have a good selection of nonya kuehs, you need to be early as the kuehs run out real fast.

Look at the kueh counters, almost all the nonya kuehs are snapped out by now. 😯

This is what it is supposed to be like.

They serve a great varieties of nice kueh kueh here.

My personal favourites are the kochi nonya with gula melaka coconut filling and ang ku with mung bean filling.

There are other nice kuehs like pulut tai-tai (glutinous rice with pandan kaya), lapis beras and lempat pisang.

Another recommended item will be the Roti Jala with Curry Chicken. Something to die for………

This is the cucur udang (fried prawn fritters) and it goes superbly well with the sweet chili sauce. Highly recommended to try as well. 👍

If you are looking for a light breakfast or tea time snack, their Thai Bee Hoon is definitely a great option to go for.

Their traditional Nasi Lemak is also one other option too.

Lastly, a good finale will be none other than having a bowl of solid Chendol as a round up.

There is a Kit Kat Factory at the Mid Valley Mall where you can design your very own Kit Kat flavour and packaging. It makes a great gift though.

This time round, they are running a special edition Kit Kat for their traditional Malaysian Nasi Lemak & Ice Kachang flavour chocolate. Pretty unique I must admit. Really enjoy the free sampling.

There are a lot of Malaysian cuisine to be feasted and Mdm Kwan is one such place.

They do have a branch back home in Vivo City, only difference is that you will get to enjoy a fraction of the price here compared to back home. The food is superb and I love dining here when I have a chance to do so.

Malaysian Chicken Satay – skewered barbeque meat served with traditional peanut sauce. The chicken meat is well grilled, super tender and complements extremely well with the condiments over the sweet authentic peanut sauce.

Deep Fried Dumpling with minced prawn and chicken. This is a must order dish for those who loves crispy fried stuff. The fillings are just so good that you will want to place a second order.

Sang Ha Noodles – fried noodles with fresh water prawns & vegetables in egg sauce. The river prawn is damn succulent and it will depend on the day of the catch to determine the size of the prawn.

Fried Beef Noodles – flat rice noodles with slices beef, ginger and spring onions in egg sauce. Beef lovers will enjoy this dish. The “wok-mei” is simply irresistable and that you will literally slurp up the entire gravy before you knew it.

They are much more items on their menu but due to my limited capacity, I have to forgo some of them. 😂

There is a champion curry puff stall which is a must eat. The curry puff skin is flake-kily good and you will be totally thrown off with the first bite.

You have to experience it for yourself as it is beyond words description.

After all the foods intake, there is a price to pay to work out those calories and no other better way to do it than to visit the gym to shed it out.

The Gardens Residence do have a big and spacious gym to cater for their house guest.

They offer a good selection of training equipment in the gym too.

With a good work out, the food trail continues…..

Yong Tau Lovers, you are bound to be overwhelmed by this stall.

This stall offers a wide selection of items and best part of it, the items are huge in size.

Dried Yong Tau Foo with Chee Cheong Fun. Something unique to check it out.

Yong Tau Food soup with yellow noodle. The soup base is tastily good.

Little Penang Kafe is another joint for Malaysian cuisine.

Char Kuey Teow (Seafood Special) – serves with prawns, crab meat, cockles, egg and bean sprout.

Penang Hokkien Prawn Mee – a northern favourite. Delicious mee and bee hoon in spicy prawn and chicken stock. Topped with prawns, tender chicken strips and fried onions.

Lorbak a.k.a Ngoh Hiang – tender chicken rolled in soya bean skin and deep fried to perfection.

Otak-otak, spicy fish steamed in banana leaves.

There is a Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart outlet here too. Best part of it, no queues. Other than the traditional original flavour tart, they have other variation like; chocolate, matcha with azuki bean, salted egg yolk, strawberry and durain flavours tarts.

Prices are definitely more attractive here as compared to back home or even in Bangkok. A tart back home costs $3.50 while in Bangkok, it costs $3.20 and here, it costs about $2.10 each. How could I resist such temptation….

Next up on my to-eat list, Red Lobster. They bring the best and freshest seafood to your table by ensuring seafood with the highest quality.

Grilled Lobster, Shrimp & Scallops – A maine lobster tail, grilled shrimp and wild-caught sea scallops with a buttery garlic finish. Served with broccoli and rice.

The freshness of the maine lobster tail is so good that it warrants an add on dish to it. 👍👍👍

Hand-Battered Fish & Chips – Classic hand battered fish fillet fried to golden brown served with french fries. This is by far the best and biggest portion of the fish & chips that I ever had.

Tiger Prawn Spicy Aglio Olio – Tiger prawns and mixed vegetables served on a bed of linguini in a spicy, light & savory sauce. The linguine pasta is cooked to perfection.

Complimentary Mushroom Soup as appetiser with each value meal ordered.

Cheddar Bay Biscuits – awesome fluffy cheddar flavoured biscuits to go along side.

Not to forget, another great breakfast joint in the mall is the soya bean stall, (I love yoo!).

Pulut Bun – dough with sticky rice

Fried Dough Stick which goes well with with porridge or soya bean drink.

Their beancurd is also smoothingly good.

3 days 2 nights has just passed in a blink of an eye before I knew it. There are still lots of food which I have yet to lay my hands on.

Having said that, considering the short span of time and the achievement that I have had, it has to be commendable with due credit given. 😁😁

With food lingering in my mind, it will always give me reasons to be back again.

For now, certainly I will leave this place with a heavy heart. Till my next trip and see you soon in my next makan trip next month in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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