‘Kuala Lumpur fried chicken’
Jalan Alor, in the centre, is the best-known street for dining in the city. There are dozens of small restaurants and posts selling street food, where you can enjoy simple, flavoursome dishes, like the grilled chicken that has been served at Wongh Ah Wah for more than 30 years.
Particularly at dusk, there is a touch of science fiction, as if special effects have been used, created by the Petronas, the major attraction in Kuala Lumpur. It is a gross understatement to say that they are an essential stop on any journey to the Malaysian capital. The Petronas, which will soon celebrate their 20th
Kuala Lumpur. You can also admire them as you stroll near their base, in KLCC Park, where dozens of Malaysians and tourists gather to spend the afternoon around the lake or swimming pool, just 30cm deep, where children splash about. It is a little incongruous at the heart of the city’s financial district, where you expect to find suits, briefcases and everyone rushing around.
But, Kuala Lumpur is, first and foremost, livable and comfortable. Despite having been designed for cars, it stands in sharp contrast to the chaos and crowds typical of large Asian cities. Indeed, it has just 2million inhabitants. It is a city without urgency, and one you can visit in 48 hours, even if you do spend an entire afternoon at the twin towers. Before going there, you may like to wander around the financial district, or go in search of panoramas from other skyscrapers, like the Menara KH tower, which has views of the Petronas (with rooftop bar included). Perhaps you would like to take shelter from the heat in a shopping mall. Afterwards, you can dine on Changkat Bukit Bintang, the city’s busiest thoroughfare, packed with two-storey restaurants, bars and clubs, which open onto the street.