Food Adventures in Malaysia: Day 9, Putrajaya & KL
Still feeling the effects of food poisoning from two days before, I didn’t go on many foodie adventures today. However, I decided I needed to get out and see some sites regardless. So I headed out to Malaysia’s government headquarters, Putrajaya to see the amazing architecture there. I’ve never seen such an eclectic mix of architectural styles in one place before. It was beautiful!
Putrajaya, Malaysia: Beautiful and Unique Architecture
The interesting architectural designs are everywhere, on the government buildings, the religious centers of worship, the event centers, office buildings, and even the many bridges surrounding the city. The designs were inspired from all around the world, and I found them fascinating.
I believe this was called the Islamic Gateway. The steel grids were artistic and stunning.
This is the Perdana Putra, which houses the office of the Prime Minister.
The Putra Convention Center looks like something straight out of a science-fiction movie. Completely bizarre and totally cool.
Putrajaya’s Islamic Mosques
This steel-domed mosque is the largest in Putrajaya, and can hold 20,000 worshipers at once. I didn’t get a chance to peak inside, but I’m sure it would have been as cool inside as it was outside.
The 2nd largest mosque in Putrajaya, accomodating 15,000 worshipers, is called the Putra Mosque, and from what I saw, is by far the most beautiful. Granite, marble, and rich mahogany woods gave this Islamic place of worship an air of respect and reverence. Not being Muslim myself, I was fortunate to get to take some pictures of the inside worship center. I also had the pleasure of visiting with a Muslim missionary, a sweet little old Malay woman, who told me all about Islam and Allah. I was impressed with the similarities in our faiths, and was filled with admiration at the dedication to prayer that faithful Muslims have (they pray daily 5 times a day at the same hours every day). We visited for about 2 hours. What a great experience, one I will remember for the rest of my life.
Putrajaya Riverboat Tour and Amazing Bridges
This is what I went to Putrajaya for. The bridges are absolutely stunning, and are modeled after bridges from all around the world. I got to drive across several of them, but the best way to see they by far is via the Riverboat Tour, which starts out right next to the Putra Mosque. I paid a few extra Ringgit for the windowed observation boat so that I could sit in air conditioning for awhile. This was a terrific choice, not only for the AC, but because they announced all the different bridges and buildings of interest throughout the city, telling us about their history and use, as well as which architecture they were inspired from. I was a bit worried about pictures, though, because we were sitting behind colored glass. But on our return trip, they let us out on the deck to take as many pictures as we’d like. I highly recommend this tour. Very cool indeed.
My favorite bridge was the sail-like Wawasan Bridge, but they were all stunning to look at, especially while sailing underneath them. Putrajaya is very cool, and I highly recommend making the 40 minute drive to see it to anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur.
Din Tai Fung (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Restaurant’s Menu
I was still feeling better around dinner time and decided it was time to get back on the glutton wagon, so we headed out for a repeat of the mouthgasm offerings of Din Tai Fung Restaurant where I ate on my first day in Malaysia. This place couldn’t be any better!
Din Tai Fung: Exceptional Dining in Kuala Lumpur
I can’t even begin to tell you how good the food is here. Seriously, it is amazing. We ordered most of what we had on the 1st visit again, including Ha Gow, Bao, Xiao Lang Bun, and Spicy Shrimp. I personally ate 3 bowls of the Spicy Shrimp. It’s just incredible! The sign says “dish of the month,” but I think it might be more accurate saying “dish of a lifetime.” Filled with ground shrimp, pork, lemongrass, ginger (and who knows what else), then seated in an amazing szechuan red chili sauce that had sweet undertones of star anise and possibly cinnamon. Sweet, spicy, savory, AWESOME! Especially good with the Black Vinegar & Ginger accompaniment.
“Dear Heavenly Father, why doest Thou lovest me so? Thou givest me deliciousness to fill my soul with again and again. I thank thee that thou delightest in fatness and provideth such wonderful ways to obtain it.” - prayer of thanksgiving for the Spicy Shrimp and Pork Dumplings at Din Tai Fung Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This is the shredded ginger they bring out so you can add soy sauce and/or black vinegar for a dipping sauce. I chose straight vinegar. Perfect! I think the ginger is maybe soaked in water to mild it out a bit. Simple accent to any Chinese fair for home. You can find Asian Black Vinegar at most Asian stores in the states. I would put a few strands of the ginger in my mouth with the spicy shrimp and pork dumplings to add an extra depth of flavor that would make my foot start dancing around all crazy like from the pleasure of it all. I sound like a freak, but you would do the same if you were there.
Din Tai Fung’s Shrimp Mango Roll
This is a Shrimp Mango roll. Shrimp and mango mixed with a sweetened mayonnaise? (perhaps). Rolled in some sort of pancake thing, dipped in egg perhaps, then rolled in panko and deep fried. Pretty good. Pretty good indeed. Mildly sweet but not overbearing. Coconut flavor was present but I’m not sure from where….maybe in the mayonnaise.
Din Tai Fung’s Fried Rice
Fried Rice with egg and pork. We were a little disappointed in this. No where close to the perfect fried rice we had in Langkawi. It was alright though. But this place is famous for their dumplings after all, so what could we expect?
The Bald Gourmet’s food tourism experiences in Malaysia were forever foodie life changing.