While still in Orlando, Mr. Selfish discovered a beef rendang recipe on allrecipes.com and fell in love with it. Since there were no Malay restaurants in Orlando, we kept cooking this one recipe of beef rendang, which epitomized Malay food for us. We knew that we would try as much Malay food as possible while in Kuala Lumpur.
During our first night in KL, we walked to Kampung Baru to feast on Malay street food. The view from the night market of the Petronas Towers was magnificent, and the food was great to boot. First, we tried some delicious chicken and pork satay. They were cooked over an open flame to perfection.
Next, we walked by a roti stand and ordered a roti john with black pepper and cheese. We didn’t know what we were ordering but it ended up being beef cooked with cheese and a peppery sauce on bread. It was quite tasty.
To finish our meal for the night, we stopped by a crowded nasi lemak stand. Nasi lemak is fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk and typically served with anchovies, peanuts, egg, vegetables, sambal belacan, and some kind of meat or curry. There were so many choices for meat that me and Mr. Selfish just pointed at random meat. We both ended up choosing chicken. Both were delicious.
The next night, Mr. Selfish and I went to Precious Old China for dinner. It was reputed to have great beef rendang, and we weren’t disappointed. Aside from the great rendang, we also had “Precious Fried Chicken,” which was probably the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.
On our final night, we went to Bijan restaurant for a fancier meal. We ordered Rendang Itik Bijan (crispy duck with rendang), which was absolutely divine, Sotong Hitam Manis (squid cooked with chilli paste, lemongrass, and squid ink), and stir fry water spinach. The outright winner of this meal with the crispy duck. Mr. Selfish nearly licked the plate for the last bit of rendang sauce.
Although I didn’t find Kuala Lumpur to have as much charm as some of the other major Asian cities we’ve visited, I did truly enjoy Malay food!