|For me, new year’s eve 2011 looked a little like this...|
I also picked up a new dress and shoes for the big night from Sungai Wang Plaza for about 73 Malaysian ringgit. I was all set.
|NYE buffet at Dorsett Regency Hotel - lots of fresh seafood|
|Satay to my heart's content|
|A surprise find - New Zealand lamb rack|
|The desserts section featured... a toffee swan|
|Plenty of kuih|
|My plate of desserts|
|My plate of fruit (clockwise from top):|
pineapple, watermelon, rose apple, papaya
|The view of the Petronas Towers or KLCC from Dorsett Regency Hotel, Kuala Lumpur|
|Chicken rice and noodles shop on Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur|
There’s about the same degree of orderliness when it comes to ordering. There’s one guy for drinks, one guy for chicken rice, one guy for noodles and one guy for chee cheung fun. A bit of luck, good humour and pointing is needed to work it all out.
The chicken broth is comforting and full of chicken goodness, although a little hot for the steamy morning it was. At least we scored seats in the shade.
Eaten altogether with the heatless pickled green chillis, every bite was a sensationally tasty mouthful.
|Mini custard tarts from next door|
The makers could barely keep up with the demand for the tarts, for as soon as a tray came out of the oven, a crowd would rush over and buy them up in styrofoam boxes with holes on top.
|Mini custard tart|
|Inside Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur|
Motivated half by the air conditioning and half by the favourable exchange rate and cheap goods, I did my best within the confines of the luggage restrictions of the low cost carriers.
|Food court of Sugei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur|
The sheer amount of stores, stalls and people crammed in there is crazy enough - and then there's the food court. Apparently customed by a lot of the shopping centre's staff, it's a hot affair without air conditioning, in a difficult to access level.
|Buffet style dishes served with rice|
If I wasn't overwhelmed by heat and choices, I may have been tempted by the popular self serve buffet option, with loads of Chinese and Malaysian dishes on offer.
|Roast pork and rice (from Restoran Sin Tai kar Lok, I think)|
I could eat crackling forever if it was always this good.
|Steamboat at Restoran Choong Huat, Kuala Lumpur|
Food is purchased on a per person setting (that is, we had set platters of seafood for two for our group of three), with a huge range of additional menu items available to order.
|Seafood platter for steamboat|
Fish noodles were also a new concept, rather like fish cakes but in long, slippery white noodle form.
|Noodle selection for steamboat|
|Additional orders: enoki mushroom, fish noodles and silken tofu|
Both were served with kumquat and a chilli dipping sauce, and make for a nice alternative flavour to seemingly endless of soup-boiled fish balls.
|Smaller grilled fish|
More Asia tripping posts to come, including more Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.