Food Adventures in Malaysia: Day 9, Putrajaya & KL

Oct 12, 2011 by     2 Comments    Posted under: Malaysia, Travel

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.

Malaysia's Federal Treasury Building, Putrajaya

Malaysia's Federal Treasury Building, Putrajaya

I believe this was called the Islamic Gateway.  The steel grids were artistic and stunning.

Islamic Gateway in Putrajay, Malaysia

Islamic Gateway in Putrajay, Malaysia

This is the Perdana Putra, which houses the office of the Prime Minister.

Perdana Putra, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Perdana Putra, Putrajaya, Malaysia

The Putra Convention Center looks like something straight out of a science-fiction movie.  Completely bizarre and totally cool.

Putrajaya Convention Centre

Putrajaya Convention Centre

Putrajaya Office Towers Reflection

Putrajaya Office Towers Reflection

Putrajaya, Malaysia Buildingg

Putrajaya, Malaysia Building

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.

Steel Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia

Steel Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia

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.

Putra Mosque, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Putra Mosque, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Putra Mosque Dome

Putra Mosque Dome

Putra Mosque Courtyard

Putra Mosque Courtyard

Putra Mosque Worship Center

Putra Mosque Worship Center

Putra Mosque Upper Balcony

Putra Mosque Upper Balcony

Putra Mosque Inner Dome

Putra Mosque Inner Dome

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.

Wawasan Bridge and Putra Mosque, Putrajaya

Wawasan Bridge and Putra Mosque, Putrajaya

Wawasan Bridge, Putrajaya

Wawasan Bridge, Putrajaya

Putrajaya Monorail Bridge

Putrajaya Monorail Bridge

Putrajaya Stainless Steel Bridge

Putrajaya Stainless Steel Bridge

Putrajaya European Bridge

Putrajaya European Bridge

Putrajaya European Bridge Tower

Putrajaya European Bridge Tower

Putrajaya Bridge

Putrajaya Bridge

Sailing Under Putrajaya Bridge

Sailing Under Putrajaya Bridge

 

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 Dumpling Menu

Din Tai Fung Dumpling Menu

Din Tai Fung  Extras Menu

Din Tai Fung Extras Menu

Din Tai Fung Noodles and Soup Menu

Din Tai Fung Noodles and Soup Menu

Din Tai Fung Fried Rice Menu

Din Tai Fung Fried Rice Menu

Din Tai Fung Sides Menu

Din Tai Fung Sides Menu

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.

Tin Tai Fung Spicy Shrimp Sign

Tin Tai Fung Spicy Shrimp Sign

Din Tai Fung's Amazing Spicy Shrimp

Din Tai Fung's Amazing Spicy Shrimp

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.

Chinese Black Vinegar with Ginger at Din Tai Fung

Chinese Black Vinegar with Ginger at Din Tai Fung

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 Shrimp Mango Roll

Din Tai Fung Shrimp Mango Roll

Din Tai Fung Shrimp Mango Roll Inside

Din Tai Fung Shrimp Mango Roll Inside

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?

Din Tai Fung Pork Fried Rice

Din Tai Fung Pork Fried Rice

The Bald Gourmet’s food tourism experiences in Malaysia were forever foodie life changing.

 

2 Comments + Add Comment

  • Spicy shrimp looks really yummy! I’d love to try to make something similar. What was it tasted like? It looks like they used toasted chili for the gravy, yes??

  • I stumbled across your site while looking for a review on Brickyard and was thrilled to find your posts on Malaysia. I traveled to KL for a 12 day trip in 2006. I was there to see a friend who is not as adventurous as me, so unfortunately I didn’t make it out of the city, but I managed to have a lot of great foodie experiences none the less. Reading your posts brought back many memories. Some of my favorites were the Persian food at Jaam e Jan in Bukit Bintang, Sarawak laksa in Bangsar, Indian food at ABC Spicy Restoran in Little India, Tarbush in Starhill Gallery (mostly for the decor, not the Middle Eastern food, though I did get to try sambousas for the first time), Al-Marjan in Suria KLCC for turkish coffee and Middle Eastern pastries, Kaya toast and cendal and Kaya toast leaves and all of the glwith . But my all-time favorite, besides sampling the street food, which is mostly what I consumed, was Madame Kwan’s. If you go back, I highly recommend you check it out. There are at least locations I know of, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there are more. Based on the three times I ate there, I believe Madame Kwans does outstanding versions of traditional Malaysian food. The three dishes I tried were Beef Rendang, Nasi Lemak and Hokkien noodles, all of which were outstanding. Like you, I ate plenty of fruit, but my morning breakfast usually consisted of either the delicious marble pound cake sold in the coffee shop of the hotel I stayed at (being colonized by the Brits is not all bad) and Roti Pisang with Roti Canai and Teh Tarik, which is served up just about everywhere. Like you, I got food poisoning, which I believe I inflicted upon myself by opening a rambutan peel with my mouth before throughly cleaning it. This was actually my second trip to KL, but my first was as a child and my strongest food memory at that time was the Chicken Satay, as well as being taught to swim by a Sikh instructor (I was fascinated by the turban). I hope to return to KL someday, but I’m also eager to return to Singapore, another place I visited several times as a child, which is touted as being even better than KL from a foodie perspective, if you can believe that. Anyway, you’ve great a great blog. I love the writing style and all the great pictures. I look forward to reading more.

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