Keep Cool, Have Fun and Enjoy Great Local Eats in Kuala Lumpur

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While temperatures are cooling in the Northern Hemisphere, the mercury remains steady in steamy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Today our local guide Leng tells us how to keep cool, have fun and find the best eats in this vibrant Asian metropolis.
My Favourite Local Haunts:

As the weather in KL is generally hot and humid, I, along with the people here tend to flock towards shopping malls. The happening ones are Mid Valley Megamall, One Utama, Pavillion and KLCC. For a movie fix, I'd normally go to Mid Valley and Gardens Mall. Whereas when I am feeling a little sporty, bowling and archery in Sunway Pyramid gives me an exercise challenge while avoiding the hot weather.

I love to go downtown to Petaling Street whenever I feel like having a good walk around one of the oldest parts of KL, there are many things to see, buy and eat. But be prepared to brace the heat! Central Market is in its vicinity, if you need to look for any traditional merchandise, that's the place to be.

If you'd like to experience nature without having to travel too far out of the city, I'd recommend FRIM (Forest Reserve Institute Malaysia) which is located about 20 minutes away from KL town. I go there for my morning hikes (don’t try in the heat of mid-day!) Plenty of people go there for their jogs, walks, cycling and even photography sessions, if you are into nature. The beautiful trees and flora and fauna will definitely give you peace, solace and fresh air. If you like, the famous Batu Caves Temple is located just 5 minutes drive away from FRIM. Hike the 272 steps up into the cave to see the one-of-a-kind temple in the cave!

Great Eating Spots for Chinese, Indian and Malay foods:

In KL, you will never run out of food options! Every day I drool at the abundant culinary delights, I can't ask for a better place to call home! As a food lover, I always travel around KL town to hunt for good, new and interesting delicacies. I must say, to choose the best is a task that can never be accomplished!

For a sumptuous Chinese-style cuisine that doesn't burn a hole in your pocket, head on over to New Paris, SS2. They have all kinds of Chinese cooking styles served, and is a good choice for a big group of people. For a more laid back, open-air option, you can always go to the Wai Sek Kai or loosely translated “glutton street” which is a chain that exists at almost every corner of KL! My favorite would be the glutton street at Jalan Ipoh, serving prawn noodles, char kuey teow and delicious fried yau char kwai. I must say, lately the food court at Pasar Besar Pj State has got me going back for more of their stir-fry abacus seed, ginger pork knuckle, yong tau foo and of course to end it off with the cooling effects of ABC or shaved ice with gula melaka.

For some local Indian food cravings, Nirvana Bangsar whips up a good meal of banana leaf rice, with choices of mutton, chicken, fish, fried or curry, the choices are bound to impress you! Though I often head to Devi's Corner for the more simple Indian dishes like Naan, Roti Telur, Tandoori Chicken and Tosai.

For a more local type of Malay food, satays are my favorite! They are everywhere, and I must say they all taste pretty delicious. The famous Satay Kajang Zamzuri will give you the good old charcoal style fragrant meat on sticks in a comfortable air-conditioned restaurant.

Thank you Leng for providing us with such rich local insight into KL’s local hot spots! Any travelers heading to Kuala Lumpur this fall or winter would benefit from getting in touch with Leng for his great company and local knowledge.
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