Kuala Lumpur as the food capital of Asia?
Over the years, Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia, succesfully introduced ethnic mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay food that some tourists specifically go there to embark on a few days of food trip.
An article at the BBC showed that KL could be the food capital of Asia because of its vast food culture and growing number of street foods that have also been gaining popularity on its own.
“Food is always the quickest way to get acquainted with a culture, and what food in Malaysia tells us is that an ethnic mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay can work, really well,” Jeff Ramsey, a Michelin star chef from Babe restaurant based in KL, said in the report.
The report further said that KL’s food culture is a huge draw, and is one that’s fully experienced after dark, from around 7pm, when people meet their friends and jalan jalan cari makan (go out and look for food).
“Vendors set up stalls at pasar malams (night markets), which happen once a week in every area or district,” said Zuzanna Chmielewska, who moved from Poland to Malaysia in 2012 and writes about the country at her blog Zu in Asia.
“Street food options include various kinds of curries, dumplings and fried rice, as well as trendy imported items, like rainbow toasts or unicorn desserts,” she added.