Kuala Lumpur, Day Five, Part Two
The rain began while we were at the bird park, so our plans to also go to the butterfly park were rained out, literally. As you can imagine the butterflies head for cover, so there is no point in looking.
We took a taxi to the shopping center connected with the Petronas Towers to have a late lunch (around 4 pm) at a restaurant Adrianna recommended – Madam Kwans.
It began with Prosperity Salad (judging by the price, it’s the restaurant who prospers). It was tasty, but also fun. The plate was brought to the table with all the ingredients neatly in separate piles. The waitress then added the spices – pepper and cinnamon, and the sauce. We then joined in with our chop sticks and helped her mix it up.
Paul had nasi lemak. This is considered the national dish. It started as a breakfast meal, but is now eaten any time of the day. The ingredients may vary at times, but is usually rice (steamed in coconut milk), curry chicken, spicy sardines [correction: anchovies - I knew it was little fish], cucumbers and a hard boiled egg.
I had some nice, unspicy broccoli & mushrooms (with a considerable number of garlic cloves).
We spent some time in the mall looking in vain for some things we wanted. We then took a train out to the suburbs, so to speak, to meet Adrianna and friends for dinner. (Only four hours after our late lunch.) The first stop was to purchase some bak kwa, which is a thin layer of pork (or chicken) in a sweet sauce.
Next, we had a couple of drinks. The bottom layer is palm syrup (I think). Next up is a layer of various and sundry things like corn, gelatin, peanuts. I’m not really certain what all was in there. The top layer was shaved ice and fruit. My drink was coffee or carmel flavored (I’m getting old and forgetful). I don’t know what the name of this is, but will call it the Kitchen Sink Drink. It was cool and refreshing and tasted better than it probably sounds.
This is the place where we got the Kitchen Sink Drink. I’m not sure what to call it. It is a large area with a floor and roof, but no walls. Down each side are small kitchen areas and in the center is a common seating area. It seems to be the step in between street fair booth and stand alone restaurant.
It’s not over, yet. We went to another place to have more. This is another layered drink, all liquid this time. The bottom layer is palm syrup, then milk, then tea. Mix it up and it looks like the one in the background. Very tasty.We were thoroughly stuffed by this time and it was getting late, so we called it a day.