What to Prepare for a Perfect KL (Malaysia) Food Trip Weekend
I am going to KL (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) this weekend to do nothing but stuff myself with their lard-full, oily and super yummy food!
Aside from the basics – flight tickets, hotel bookings, Ringgit, passports, visas if need be, these are the things you need to have/prepare for a “perfect” Kuala Lumpur Food Trip:
1. Crazy-Ass Malaysian Friends Who Are As Food Crazy As You Are (preferably from KL for obvious reasons)
This is the most important ingredient of the trip. For they will be your guide, driver, translator, pamperer (that’s not even a word but you know what I mean). Since they are as gung-ho as you about food, they will be try their best to impress you with what their city has to offer. Nothing can go wrong with them around – except maybe give you a bad stomach.
For the ones I have specifically, they have one very important mission – to prove to me and our Singaporean friend that Malaysian food is 100% better than everything Singapore has.
They’re also very important as they will be preparing….
2. A Highly Ambitious, All Food Itinerary for Gluttons
As mentioned above, your Malaysian friends would want to impress you, so take advantage of the situation! Tell them all that you want to eat and they would blow their minds off debating on which stall or restaurant serves that type of food the best.
My friends sat me down and made this ALL food itinerary…well, almost – if I didn’t convince them to put in the Batu Caves, it would be all food! I am pretty sure that we wont have time for the caves though with all the things we have to eat.
To prove to you how serious they were, I learned the next day that they met over for dinner to seriously discuss the logistics on how we could cover all they listed above. Talk about dedication!
Here’s a preview of what’s to come. These pictures were sent to me by my Malaysian friend so I don’t know who to give credit to. Sorry about that!
And to help you order the food and not be spotted as a tourist, you need a…
3. Well-Rehearsed Malaysian-Chinese Accent
For the past month, I have been training to learn the very distinct Malaysian-Chinese accent/slang so I can mingle with the locals. Most of these are Singaporean too.
Here’s a short course on what I learned. Solidarity with the locals is very important so try your best to learn some despite it being against your will.
“YA LOR!”, pronounced in English as YEAH LAW! – this phrase is used to signify agreement, and not to say okay only.
Correct way of using (agreeing):
Jack: I think he’s moody today.
Jill: Ya lor!
Wrong way of using (saying ok):
Jack: Let’s go buy coffee
Jill: Ya lor!
“ALAMAK!”, pronounced as A-LA-MAC! – this is their version of “OH MY!” or “OH MY GOD”! Can be used in almost all sentences. Just say it with feelings!
“SOME MORE”, best pronounced as SUM-MOH? – this literally means “some more” but the way they use it and place it sentences make it uniquely part of the Malaysian slang.
Example: You want to ask your colleague why he had to email your boss
Normal way: “Why did you have to email her?”
Malaysian slang: Why did you have to email her some more?”
I hope learning these will actually save my life in KL. I am ready to unlearn them as fast I learned all these slangs.
4. Simcard with data plan
I’m a self-confessed Instagram addict. This was my first request from my Malaysian friends. How else would I survive the trip?
5. Dark, loose shirts
This is just practical. With all the amount of eating that will happen, dark loose shirts are the way to go! Not only do they protect you from potential stains from sauces and juices splattering, they would also hide your tummy that would surely be at its full form. Time to practice angling for my photos!
I can’t wait for this weekend that is all about food, food and food! Obviously, my next post would be about…
Food pics – really sorry for not knowing where my friend took them. He doesn’t remember either. It’s for the promotion of your country’s food anyway 🙂