Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Top 31th place to go in 2010(by NYT)

New York Times: Kuala Lumpur One of 31 Places to Go in 2010. Kuala Lumpur ranked 30th. The list is for the American.

The New York Times recently named Kuala Lumpur one of The 31 Places to Go in 2010. Here is their comment:

30. Kuala Lumpur

While Phuket and Angkor Wat are tourism anchors in Southeast Asia, jetsetters in the region are heading these days to Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital that’s quietly evolved into one of the area’s coolest and friendliest cities.

Not only are K.L.-ites diehard foodies, fiercely proud of a robust street food scene that straddles Chinese, Indian and Malay flavors — check out the food blog EatingAsia ( — they’re also shopaholics, spending weekends trawling boutiques for the latest looks emerging from the sophisticated local fashion scene.

The country’s media-appointed King of Fashion is Bernard Chandran, who recently stole the spotlight when Lady Gaga wore one of his candy-pink minidresses to an awards show in London. His concept store is at the KL Plaza on Jalan Bukit Bintang. Another designer to look out for is Khoon Hooi, known for streamlined yet feminine dresses in muted tones, sold at his flagship store in the ritzy Starhill Gallery; and Melinda Looi, who makes vintage-inspired cocktail dresses from chiffon.

Bloggers at Tongue in Chic keep vigilant watch over the city’s fashion temples, which are clustered along the streets of Jalan Telawi 2 and 3 in the suburb of Bangsar, a 15-minute cab ride from the city center. To showcase the young designers, the blog recently started Chic POP, a flea market held every three months at one of K.L.’s most prestigious dance clubs, Zouk ( — Naomi Lindt

Top 10 Eats in KL,@ by EatingAsia
Finally, in the interest of making things simple, our Top Ten Eats in KL -- hawker stalls, kopitiam (Chinese coffee shops), and restaurants that, after all these months, we continue to return to again and again. In no particular order:

1. Sek Yuen, a fantastic old Cantonese joint where everything is still cooked over wood, which Robyn lovingly described here.
2. Yut Kee
3. Hong Ngek
4. Imbi Market -- downtown KL's last traditional wet market. Cruise the fresh food aisles to get an idea of what's put to use in Malaysian kitchens, then head over to the busy food court for fantastic versions of all sorts of hawker foods, from noodles to kuih (sweets).
5. Pak Din Ikan Bakar
6. Bakti Woodlands (order the thali, and check the front counter to see if lacy pancakes filled with sweetened, cardamom-scented mashed daal are on offer)
7. Hakka Mee (Pork Lovers -- Alert!)
8. Homemade coconut milk and palm sugar kuih (sweets) from Ah Meng's mobile stall, Bangsar (daily from about 3pm -- if you arrive much after 4:30 you'll find nothing left).
9. Bak Kut Teh in Klang (this will require a 45-minute taxi ride, but if you're a hardcore pork lover it's worth it. While you're in Klang you might also check out its Little India.)
10. Madras Lane Asam Laksa, Chinatown

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