KL, Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, Penang trip help!
I'm going to the above this Thu, and have trawled these boards for must-eats. There are a couple of things that I couldn't find/have questions about - hope I'll find some help here!
A quick bit of background: I'm HK Chinese and it's been about 10 yrs since I've set foot in Malaysia (went to Penang and KL that time) - am interested in Malay, Indian, Nyonya, Hokkien food (will kill for good roti, char kway teow and nasi lemak, and have a milk tea addiciton), but probably not so much Canto (char siew/siu, dim sum, wonton meen etc.). Will be going with food-loving parents and family friends who love hawker food, but will at least have to have a couple of nicer, sit-down meals in the 6-day trip. So... any suggestions welcome!!
KL (will spend 2 days)
Saw Penang_rojak's mention of Bah Kuh Teh on Jalan Tun HS Lee - does it have a street number or name, or a landmark/cross street? (Google maps tells me this street is quite long...)
Cameron Highlands (1 night)
Apart from afternoon tea at Smokehouse (is it really that good?), what is there to eat?!
Ipoh (pit stop when going from Cameron to Penang)
Got a lot of info thanks to penang_rojak's post (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598851). So, if I only have 1 meal (lunch) Kong Heng or Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau? Which would be easier to get into? (I'll be there on a Sunday
Penang (3 nights)
Laksa - I've read the laksa post (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610166) but if I don't have time to cross to the other side, where else can I get a good laksa? (We're staying in Georgetown
)General hawker centre for Malay/Indian/Nyonya: Gurney? Swatow Lane?
Keen for Nyonya cuisine too - looks like I should try Nyonya Cafe at New World Park?
Where should I go for milk tea?
And lastly, where can I buy the best kaya? And - ok I lied, that wasn't the last question - what kind of food souvenirs should I buy & where?
Thanks a lot!
In KL - if you are keen on a sit down dinner post hawker visits - Overseas Restaurant (Restoran Overseas) at Imbi Road - 84-88 Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang - (603) 2144 9911, 2148 7567. They are famous for Char Siew Pork (honey glazied), Praying Mantis prawns (steam or honey glaized). There is one char koay tiew opp. Honda Kah Motor along Jln Imbi. Dont forget famous KL Hokkien Mee @ Petaling Street opposite Hong Leong Bank - supper till 2am! wah Delicious! Enjoy yr trip!
For Ipoh, I think you'd only be able to do lunch at Kong Heng, since Lou Wong doesn't open till dinner time (5pm thereabouts onwards).
Quite a few stalls offering good Penang laksa in Gurney Drive in late-afternoon.
Nyonya Cafe in New World Park is quite okay (their fish assam pedas is not that good). Perut Ikan in Kelawei Road may be more expensive, but offers high standard of cooking.
You can get milk tea in any Penang coffee places - Penang-style, not as rich as HK's. Or you can go to Kim Gary chain outlets in some Penang malls (Gurney Plaza, QueensBay Mall, etc) for HK-style milk tea & other cha chan teng-type favorites.
I'm guessing the bak kut teh place mentioned by Penang_Rojak is "Tai Hau Chai" stall in Petaling Street (KL Chinatown). It's been there a long time. See pic of the stall here:
Two popular Penang food souvenirs which you see tourists (especially Singaporeans) lugging bagfuls aboard the planes:
1) Penang "tau sar piah" (mung bean pastries) from Ghee Hiang (义香), 216 Macalister Road. See their website:
or Him Heang (馨香), 162-A Burma Road, Call ahead to book: +60 4 228-6129 / 228-6130
2) Nutmeg in various forms (pickled, sweetened, flavored with liquorice, etc) from Cheong Kim Chuan (main store in Ayer Itam, opposite the market), but also sold in stalls at the colorful, historic Chowrasta Market in Penang Road, downtown Georgetown.