Dancing Fish- Kuala Lumpur

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Dancing Fish

Dancing Fish is located in Bangsar section of Kuala Lumpur, and is located on the third floor of the Bangsar Shopping Centre.

The restaurant has a modern décor, with a tranquil almost spa like feel.

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Emping
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Sambal

The meal started off with Emping and was served with Sambal Terasi. The chips are made out of melinjo nuts, which are quite bitter. The sambal somewhat offsets the bitterness. Although sambal is generally known as being spicy, I have found that most have a sweeter quality that tends to overpower any heat associated with it, and this sambal was no different.

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Tahu Telur

The Tahu Telur is a tower of tofu and flossy egg mixture. The end result is interesting. Crunchy on the outside with large chunks of soft tofu inside. I could not distinguish any distinct egg flavor. The dish is served with a somewhat sweet sauce.

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Dancing Fish (Nila Goreng)

The Dancing Fish (Nila Goreng) is their signature dish. It certainly looks imposing. This is a skinned fish that has been fileted off of the bone then deep fried. The end result is a crispy fish with a dragon-like appearance. The dish certainly gets a lot of attention, but it seems like too much of the fish has to be removed in order for it to get this appearance. This results in much less fish, and most of it ends up like hard fish jerky or croutons and is almost inedible. I don’t think sacrificing all of that good fish is worth the end product.

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Rendang

The Rendang is a beef curry dish cooked in coconut milk and spices. Although this is said to be a spicy hot dish, almost all versions that I have had have not been very spicy. This version was no different despite the addition of chili’s on top of the dish. Despite the lack of heat, this was still a good dish.

I can see why Dancing Fish has gotten a lot of attention. The décor is somewhat upscale and trendy, and it attracts that kind of crowd. The food is pretty solid. Although the “dancing fish” is Instagram worthy, to me it was more style over substance. I’d rather give up the “food porn” shot to get more quantity of fish that is tender.

Chinatown – Kuala Lumpur

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Petaling Street

Petaling Street is the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. Although Chinatown consists or more than just this one street, Petaling Street has become synonymous with Chinatown.

Day or night, the streets are always bustling with activity. There are many street vendors selling food, fruit stands, clothing, souvenirs, purses, electronics, watches, and just about anything else imaginable. Beware that many imitation brand name goods are sold, so if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

If street food is your thing, there are many options to choose from in Chinatown. It would be worthwhile to check it out for a couple hours, who knows what you may run across.

Lot 10 Hutong – Kuala Lumpur

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Lot 10 Hutong
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Lot 10 Hutong

Lot 10 Hutong is a special type of food court. Gathered under one roof are some of the country’s most famous hawker stalls to gather under one roof.

With a centralized location, diners don’t have to trek all over the city to try great hawker stall food. Yes, prices are a bit higher, but still very reasonable.

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Penang Famous
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Prawn Mee

First up was Penang Famous and their Prawn Mee, which is a noodle soup. Egg noodles are swimming in a dark broth, which looks kind of spicy at first glance but is not. In addition to the prawns, there are slices of pork and bean sprouts. A good solid dish.

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Kong Tai
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Singapore Hokkein Prawn Noodle

Next up was Kong Tai and their Singapore Hokkein Prawn Noodle. While somewhat similar to the Prawn Mee, this was not soup based and the overall dish is “paler” in color. Although not a dry noodle dish by any stretch, the dish contains both egg and wide rice noodles. Although there were chili’s in this dish, it was lacking in the heat department, and somewhat lacking in overall flavor as well.

Lot 10 Hutong offers diners many choices, and has an interesting set up as well. Instead of being designed like a normal food court, “stalls” seem to be situated somewhat haphazardly and is like going through a maze. For a chance to try some of the country’s most famous hawker food under one roof, a trip to Lot 10 Hutong should be in the mix.

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

I previously stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (prior review) in 2014. I used a Diamond Suite upgrade and requested a Twin Tower room which boasts views of the Petronas Towers. I knew there was very little chance of the upgrade coming through, and was not surprised when it did not.

I booked the room via Cash & Points, which costs 7,500 points per night and $100 as this is a Category 4 property. For some reason, rates were seemingly very high at over $200 night. On my previous stay, paid rates were ~$150 per night. Once again I used a Diamond Suite upgrade on this stay, and requested a Twin Tower room when making my reservations.

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Grand Twin Towers View Suite

Upon check-in to the hotel, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had been upgraded to a Grand Twin Towers View Suite.

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Twin Towers

I won’t go over many of the details of the room again, as the layout is exactly the same with the only difference being the view.

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Welcome Amenity

A welcome amenity of four blueberry pastries was waiting for me.

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Fruit Plate

There was also a plate of fruit consisting of grapes, starfruit, kiwi, a pear, and a dragon fruit.

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Snacks

In addition, there were three jars of snacks including sugar coated cashews, sugar cookies, and my favorite, the highly addictive chocolate chip cookies.

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Water

There were also 6 bottles of Grand Hyatt branded water by the coffee maker.

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More Water

Two large bottles of Evian water were also provided.

 

The breakfast buffet at Thirty8 has perhaps the most extensive selection that I have ever encountered. There are two sides to the buffet, one containing mostly Western offerings, while the other side contains primarily Asian selections.

I also had the opportunity to visit the pool on this visit. The pool is very nice, but seems have more style than function.

The pool area also has outdoor showers and restrooms.

There is also a lounge/covered seating area as well.

All of the employees were friendly and helpful. I did not get a chance to spend much time in the Club Lounge, but it is worthwhile as there are excellent views of the Petronas Towers as well.

This was another great stay at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.

 

 

National Mosque of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur

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National Mosque of Malaysia

The National Mosque of Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur and has a capacity of 15,000 people. The mosque is surrounded by a garden and fountains.

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Minaret

It has a minaret soaring 73 meters high.

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Fountain
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Fountain
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Fountain
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Fountain
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Fountain

There are several fountains on the ground as well.

The mosque features an open floor plan, similar to many other mosques.

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Massage Chairs

Perhaps the most interesting feature are the 8 massage chairs located on the ground. This is the first time that I have even seen this in any religious building.

You can take a tour for free, and appropriate clothing is provided should you not be dressed properly at the time of your visit.

The mosque is not located too far from Merdeka Square, so it is easily accessible.