Food Adventures in Malaysia: Day 11, Street Burgers and Bombay Palace
I took the day easy, just stayed at Ian’s and planned out my weekend trip to Mulu. I even made a phone call to my buddy Jared back in the states (which was a big surprise to him). But an easy indoor day doesn’t mean you can’t have amazing food adventures in Malaysia. And when I say amazing, I really mean possibly the best eating experience of my life.
Malaysian Street Burgers
Directly across the street from Ian’s condo is a little hawker market with a couple food hawker stalls. Ian recommend that I try the street burgers, so I thought it would make for a perfect lunch. The other hawkers had a great selection of soups, curries, and fried fish dishes, but the burger stand was calling loud and clear.
You actually see these little burger stands all over Malaysia. There was even one at the fireflies park. They seem to be rather popular. The menu looked straight forward enough…
I went with the 4th burger down option: Burger Lembu Special with Keju. Basically, burger with egg and cheese. Umm……ya.
Look at this gooey monstrosity! Buns grilled with mayonnaise, a “beef” patty with all sorts of seasoning in it which made it bright pink in color (the guy swore it was all beef, but I’m not so sure that was accurate), fried egg seasoned with bottled Maggi seasoning sauce (thus the gray color of the egg), sweet pickled vegetables (cucumber and onion), “American” cheese slice, lettuce, tomato, a very thick sweet mayonnaise, and a very sweet mild chili ketchup type sauce that reminded me a little bit of bad sweet and sour sauce with a kick. Wow, it was good!
I needed 10 napkins plus water just to clean up my hands afterwards. Carl’s Jr. ain’t got nothing on this thing!!!
Dinner at Bombay Palace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Well, if I was ever going to type a long list of profanities (positive, not negative) on my blog, this is where it would be. Bombay Palace, HOLY (insert favorite expletive here)!
This is where my “mouthgasm” description was born. This is were I first experienced complete sensory overload. This is where I was incapacitated by the taste of food. This is where you MUST go if you ever have the chance.
Only 5 hours from India, I knew this was going to be good. The meal started with the standard opening chutneys and sauces with crispy bread. Delicious.
The menu was very extensive. Pages and pages full of deliciousness. How to choose? Ian and Hilary had more Indian dining experience than I, so they knew a few more favorites than I did. After much deliberation, we settled on several tasty treats and placed our order. Tasty….. complete understatement.
Clockwise from top:
- Spinach paneer
- Tandoori chicken in a tomato, coconut, and mint curry (Butter Chicken)
- Some kind of tasty meaty sauce
- Lamb in a spicy curry with vegetables
- Biryani rice (spices, fruit, stuff, and basmati rice)
- (center) Cauliflower and potatoes with cumin (they had an awesome smoky flavor that I fell in love with)
So good! Hands down the best Indian food I’ve ever had period. My favorites were the spinach, cauliflower, and the chicken. Oh the chicken….
Bombay Palace’s Mouthgasm Butter Chicken
This chicken is indescribable. A tomato and coconut cream sauce with mint, Indian curry spices, and some LSD to send you on a food trip you’ll never quite recover from!
Here I am scraping the remnants of it up with some naan.
Yes….put that chicken curry in your mouth……
Don’t talk to me…..don’t bother me…..I can’t respond anyway. I’m in complete sensory overload from this chicken curry and am completely unable to focus on anything other than the mouthgasm ecstasy happening. I have been overwhelmed and consumed by the happy food fairies taking me to uncharted lands of glee…
The Bald Gourmet travels to Malaysia, eats Street Burgers, and has an indescribable mouthgasm at Bombay Palace.