Klang: A foodie's haven
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If you visit Malaysia, you simply must add Klang to your itinerary!
What's in Klang, you must be wondering. Located 40-50kms from Kuala Lumpur, it is known as a royal town. Although it has history, there are barely any ruins to speak of, except for a few rows of pre-war shoplots that you can still find along Jalan Tengku Kelana, or Indian Street. Oh yes, there is the 80-year old Convent school, located just next to the 80-year old Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. These are all located along the same street.
But to a lot of locals, especially those living near to Klang in the state of Selangor, Klang is famous for its delicious food!
Some of the popular gastronomical reasons for paying Klang a visit is to savor Bak Kut Teh, which is a Chinese specialty of pork cooked in herbs. The herbs are boiled in water with pods of garlic, and then pork is added to the herbal soup until cooked. A soft, fried, light tofu is added to the concoction, as well as champignon or shitake mushrooms for a delicious bowl of Bak Kut Teh that is a great accompaniment to a bowl of rice. Sometimes you will find pork liver as well intestines - cut into bite sized pieces and cleaned before thrown into the soup. The fragrance and salty-sweet taste of the bak kut teh is simply to die for, especially if you love clear soups! To add extra kick to the meal, baby chilli peppers are sliced and soaked in light soya sauce, then a slice or two is added to the spoonful of rice and pork before savoured. But be warned: only spicy food lovers will appreciate the chilli peppers.
Klang is also famous for its seafood, simply because the town is located close to the sea, and there is an abundant supply of fresh seafood available. That also means that you can have the cheapest and most delicious seafood this side of Malaysia. The restaurant chefs will also prepare your fish/crabs/shrimp/shellfish/squid many different ways, if you ask them.
If, however, you're a spicy food and meat lover, head over to the the Indian Street of Klang. A five-minute walk from the KTM train station, it is similar to the Indian street you'll find in KL, however, rumor has it, the one in Klang is way better compared to the one in KL! In terms of their selection of sarees, jewelry, unique items traditional to Indians, and especially the price - you won't also want to miss the staple banana leaf lunch! A basic vegetarian meal - where rice is served on a banana leaf, and consisting of three types of fried vegetables, dhal curry and papadams - can cost as little as RM3.50 (just over USD1)! But you have the choice of chicken, mutton (or lamb), fish, crab, shrimp and squid, which will set you back anywhere between an additional RM3 to RM5.
These are my favourite foods in Klang, and which Klang is famous for. So if you're a foodie, make a date to visit Klang and discover for yourself the lovely nooks and corners of hawker stalls that hide between old shophouse buildings or under an old, shady tree. You just might find a gem that some locals may have overlooked!
Give me some time, and I'll add some pics of the mouthwatering fare spoken of above for you to feast your eyes on! :P
If you can't wait and you're currently in KL, take the CityLiner express bus from the Old Klang Bus Stop, near Petaling Street, to Klang town. If you prefer to take the train, go to the KL Sentral and buy a train ticket from the KTM Kommuter train station to get there.