Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Local Eatery in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown at Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee

Our detour here was not really planned, we just happened to walk right into this food gallery market searching for a place to eat. Fact is, we mistook the Guan Di Temple beside the entrance of this gallery lane as a restaurant. I mean what are the chances of a temple being a restaurant? I have no idea but that pretty much says how desperately hungry we were. For my mom, she is desperate to retire and sit down.

The entrance to Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee (food street).

Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee
Location: Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We did not really explored much this area. Our mission was to quickly search a place to eat. It does not matter if it is a nice restaurant or a makeshift eatery. We were hungry!

On this street or food gallery are many outdoor eatery stalls. This is actually beside the wet market so a few metres away fresh fish and meat are sold openly which obviously brings in a different kind of smell wafting in the air, as well as soiled water streaming down on the ground. The icky smell gets lost anyway from the feisty cooking going on and the fast activity turnover. But I just cannot bring myself to eat near the stinking wet market, so we walked further down the lane.

A very busy food gallery scene in Chinatown. I wish I could ID the different kinds of food here. It is a mixture of Chinese and Malaysian dishes.

Soya milk drink is very popular in Malaysia, as well as in Singapore.

Further down the lane we saw an extension food gallery. It looks like this is going to be it.

Dong Teh Mun Foodcourt

My parents and I do not mind eating in places like these really because you get to experience and witness a different local scene, but call me prissy, just not beside a wet stinking fish-meat market okay.

Dong Teh Mun Foodcourt saved us for lunch. They have lots of tables, in a much cleaner looking area, better ventilated and open. I mean there was more natural light coming in than in that dark food gallery itself. I do not like to eat in the dark especially in places like these. You never know what jumps in to your plate.

My parents ordered the food the stall have available. It is cafeteria style food really which means they have cooked ready several dishes for the day. But I was craving for something else, for soup.

The parents had the quintessential Asian plate: plain white rice, fried chicken, fried maling in egg, bakchoy and some pork meat.

I special ordered Tom Yum soup. I wanted something hot to slurp, and some shrimps. I know, I should be in Thailand.

Very road-side like cafeteria dishes which are very similar in the Philippines.

Dong Teh Mun Foodcourt at the end of the Penjaja Gallery Jalan Tun H.S. Lee.

Would I go back here? I think I would, but not so fast.

Travel Period: August 2013
Destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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