Eat Your Way Through Kuala Lumpur: An Ambitious One-Day Food Tour (Fathom)
Surrounded by cities that have instant allure, like Bangkok, Singapore, and Saigon, Kuala Lumpur does not often top a Southeast Asia wish list. However, as the major hub of low-cost carrier AirAsia, KL can be the most affordable gateway to the region. I recently visited en route to Borneo and came back charmed and armed with a list of must-see sites that make the city undeniably destination-worthy. And they are as follows: food, food, food, and more delicious and exciting food.
While KL doesn’t have the ultramodern flash of Singapore, it is a 21st-century metropolis with efficient public transportation, gleaming shopping malls, and Uber. But what makes the city so captivating is the number of cultures that happily make a home here, bringing along their clothes, languages, and of course, food. Chinese prospectors, British colonists, and Indian migrants have all contributed their culinary treasures to the communal table, with the food-obsessed ethnic Malays seated at its head. As in Singapore, you are never far from a hawker center and here, if you can believe it, your meal will be even cheaper. (continued…)