Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Malaysian Food & Morning Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


In the past two weeks, I was on vacation and returned to my home country, Malaysia in order to renew my visa and Malaysian passport. It has been three years that I have been away from Malaysia.

Majority of my foreign friends don't know the existence of Malaysia but it's different when I mention the Twin Towers which is one of the world's famous building.

The world's famous tall building, the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The world's famous tall building, the Twin Towers at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is a tropical country with its hot and humid climate throughout 365 days in a year. It is situated in between the little island of Singapore and Thailand and surrounded by the South China Sea. Malaysia has a multicultural society with its unique identities of modern architectural buildings, Malaysian languages, beautiful corals and beaches, fine arts, food and culture. Most of the foreigners envy with Malaysians for being able to read, speak and write well in multiple languages: Bahasa Malaysia (the official of Malaysian language), English, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and some dialets) or Tamil / Hindi (for Indian communities). 


The map of Malaysia (in yellow) with the national capital of Kuala Lumpur
The map of Malaysia (in yellow) with the national capital of Kuala Lumpur


The night landscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  (Source: http://wallpapersus.com/windows-7-city-malaysia-night-landscape/)


To me, nothing tastes as good as the authentic Malaysian cuisine and street food in my home country since I am craving them for so long while living in the United States. Malaysian cuisine has a combination sweet, spicy and sour spices of Malay, Chinese and Indian which is so special and can't be found in other countries. On top of that, Malaysia is also popular for the street food from Mamat stalls which operate 24 hours daily in the cities and around the neighbourhood. CNNGo also introduces some popular Mamat food over here.


The most famous Malaysian dish, Nasi Lemak
The most famous Malaysian dish, Nasi Lemak


Nasi Kandar or Malaysian Mamat Food is a popular dishes which is served with steam rice in Malaysia
Nasi Kandar or Malaysian Mamat Food is a popular dishes which is served with steam rice in Malaysia


As usual, Malaysian street food always tastes good and cheap compared to dining in restaurants and shopping malls in Malaysia.
As usual, Malaysian street food always tastes good and cheap compared to dining in restaurants and shopping malls in Malaysia.


Malaysia is famous for its street food which can be found in the morning and at night. Some mamat stalls operate 24 hours daily in the city and neighbourhood in Malaysia. You can find all kinds of local street food at cheap prices compared to dining in shopping malls.
Malaysia is famous for its street food which can be found in the morning and at night. Some mamat stalls operate 24 hours daily in the city and neighbourhood in Malaysia. You can find all kinds of local street food at cheap prices compared to dining in shopping malls.


Chee Cheong Fun (rice noodle) in curry sauce is one of the Malaysia popular dishes
Chee Cheong Fun (rice noodle) in curry sauce is one of the Malaysia popular dishes


Pork Ball dry noodle is one of the Malaysia popular dishes
Pork Ball dry noodle is one of the Malaysia popular dishes


Pork Ball noodle in soup is also another Malaysia popular dishes Pork Ball noodle in soup and Iced Coffee are also another Malaysia popular dishes
Pork Ball noodle in soup and Iced Coffee are also another Malaysia popular dishes


The economical Chinese dishes which is served with rice at a Chinese stall / restaurant in my neighbourhood at Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The economical Chinese dishes which is served with rice at a Chinese stall / restaurant in my neighbourhood at Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Sarawak handmade noodle is also another Malaysia popular dishes
Sarawak handmade noodle is also another Malaysia popular dishes


Malaysian popiah (on the top right picture) is one of the famous cuisine in Malaysia which looks identical to Japanese sushi
Malaysian popiah (on the top right picture) is one of the famous cuisine in Malaysia which looks identical to Japanese sushi
  

Apart from that, I also miss the ambience of morning market in my neighbourhood at Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There are many vendors which sell from breakfast meals, fresh food to clothing at the morning market. This morning market has its similar identity to the Farmer's Market in the United States. There is another version called, The Night Market where the vendors offer similar range of products as the Morning Market, but it operates from 7pm to 11pm, once a week in different neighbourhood. 


A similar ambience of Farmer's Market in the USA, which we call it as the Morning Market in Malaysia. The vendors sells different ranges of products from fresh food to clothing.
A similar ambience of Farmer's Market in the USA, which we call it as the Morning Market in Malaysia. The vendors sells different ranges of products from fresh food to clothing.


Malaysians are busy shopping for their grocerries at this morning market in my neighbour at Taman Overseas Union in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysians are busy shopping for their grocerries at this morning market in my neighbour at Taman Overseas Union in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Dried spices and all kinds of vegetables can be seen at this morning market in Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dried spices and all kinds of vegetables can be seen at this morning market in Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Vendors sell flowers and fruits in the morning market in Malaysia
Vendors sell flowers and fruits in the morning market in Malaysia


Durian is the most famous native fruit in Malaysia. Those high quality durian fruits are exported to overseas countries and sold at higher prices.
Durian is the most famous native fruit in Malaysia. Those high quality durian fruits are exported to overseas countries and sold at higher prices.


Fruits stall can be seen at the morning market in Malaysia
Fruits stall can be seen at the morning market in Malaysia


Children's clothing at the morning market in Malaysia
Children's clothing at the morning market in Malaysia


Children's school bags with different cartoon designs can be found at this morning market in Malaysia
Children's school bags with different cartoon designs can be found at this morning market in Malaysia


Fashionable clothing from young to adults can be found at the morning market in Malaysia.
Fashionable clothing from young to adults can be found at the morning market in Malaysia.


Fashionable hair accessories at the morning market in Malaysia
Fashionable hair accessories at the morning market in Malaysia


Garlic, Ginger, Onion and dried spices at the morning market in Malaysia
Garlic, Ginger, Onion and dried spices at the morning market in Malaysia


Fresh chicken are available at the morning market in Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fresh chicken are available at the morning market in Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Flowers and fruits can be found at the morning market in Malaysia
Flowers and fruits can be found at the morning market in Malaysia


Different types of Chinese Incenses and joss sticks can be seen at the Morning Market in Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chinese burn incenses and joss sticks while praying in the temple or visiting the ancestors and loved ones at tombs
Different types of Chinese Incenses and joss sticks can be seen at the Morning Market in Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chinese burn incenses and joss sticks while praying in the temple or visiting the ancestors and loved ones at tombs


(Updated:) Malaysia is a multicultural society with Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnic mainly in East Malaysia. Thus, it's very unique to see the culture, friendliness and courtesy among Malaysians. Here is a short film, produced by JinnyboyTV and Hitzfm to reflect typical Malaysians in their daily lives:


 
 (Source: JinnyboyTV and Hitzfm, youtube)



In my next post, I will share some photographs of the modern architectural buildings and shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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