KL-SIAM Road Trip Day 2 // Local food and National Museum.

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I don’t know much about Malaysian history. This, despite the fact that my ancestors hail from Sarawak and that Singapore is just next door. It seemed appropriate that we did something cultural (and backpacker-ish) on our second and final day in KL so we decided to pay a visit to the National Museum, which is 10mins walk away from KL Sentral Station.

But first, a local breakfast of Roti Chanai and kopi tarik at a stall near the Monorail. There are lots of stalls like this all over KL, in the middle of tall skyscrapers. While the setup of these stalls may be humble, they really offer food that’s good and cheap.

The National Museum is a traditional structure surrounded by tall commercial buildings that make up the landscape of KL. There are free external exhibits which are predominantly transport related and a cultural building just outside the museum compound. The main museum building consists of three levels, the first level housing the museum shop. Exhibits are divided into four sections, two on each level. They are laid out chronologically so as you move from one gallery to the next, you are brought through Malaysia’s history from primitive times right through to the modern age. This is RM5.00 per entry if you are an adult and a foreigner.

It was interesting to see how Malaysia has progressed and also the other side of the story regarding Singapore’s separation from Malaysia. Suffice to say I have great interest in reading about history – just not studying it.

And I still get a bit of heebie-jeebies when I see skeletal remains, even though this is a replica of the bones of Perak man.

We spent a good amount of time taking in the exhibits, primarily due to the volume of text there was to read on the walls. It was very informative nonetheless – and a real traditional museum. If you like modern art exhibitions, you wouldn’t pay this one a visit. But if you do enjoy the cultural side of things, it’s well worth a visit indeed.

Lunch was the best thing that happened to me – Kin Kin Pan Mee near Medan Tuanku Monorail Station. I finally went to investigate what all the fuss was about. Many friends of mine had been there and swore that it was the best Pan Mee they had ever had.

Oh my word. I totally agree.

I won’t attempt to even describe it. I’ll quote a friend of mine instead @colleencjl on Instagram:

The noodles reminds me of bucatini but is chewier and lighter in texture. They were al dente, topped with a generous amount of marinated minced pork, fried scallion, ikan bilis, fried lard and an onsen tamago. The chilli comes in a separate huge bottle, which you help yourself to. After tossing everything, you get pure bliss of varying textures and complementing flavours in each mouthful. It’s the best RM7 i’ve spent.

And you know what, Colleen, you are right on the money. The best RM7.00 I’ve ever spent as well.

After lunch, we alighted the monorail at Imbi Station and stopped by Berjaya Times Square just for old times sake, but it was just as meh as I remembered it. After a quick tea break at Krispy Kreme, we headed back to our hotel. We took a short nap and went for dinner at the gastropub downstairs which was very good indeed.

But I am still dreaming of Kin Kin Pan Mee.


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