Central Market Kuala Lumpur

We have visited the Central Market in KL a couple of times before and so this time was all about food! Along the right hand side of the central market is a street full of street vendors selling food, souvenirs, fake branded clothing etc. It is also lined with some amazing canteen style restaurants. We visited a different restaurant on a previous trip to KL and I think this was better.

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Biryani Quest Malaysia

We are both huge fans of biryani and so while in Malaysia in the summer we had to try and find the best biryani we could. John did some research online and found a little place that was described as the best biryani, it was also described as being a very local place. That was a pretty accurate description as it turned out. We managed to find the place after a bit of hunting around. It is quite hidden away from a main street.

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Dosa & Chutney

One of John’s favourite meals of the whole summer has to have been at this restaurant on Tooting High Street. The restaurant is called Dosa & Chutney (dosanchutny.com), and as the name suggests specialises in south Indian dosa, with a vast menu of other dishes from the same area. We first visited for lunch on our wedding anniversary, despite having decides to have a light lunch to prevent us ruining our celebratory dinner that evening. We were definitely glad we visited.

The menu consists of a range of South Indian dishes, some better known than others, alongside classic Indian curries. We decided on a masala dosa with chicken and a mutton kottu. For those of you who do not know, a dosa is similar to a pancake, and made from a fermented batter of rice or dhal and kottu is a dish made from chopped up roti, mixed together with spices, meat and egg. Both dishes are usually served with a curry sauce, dhal and raita.

Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa

Our meals were delicious, the dosa was crispy and the filling spicy and full of flavour. The kottu was better than any we have had before. Both dishes were filling and very tasty. The sauces were great accompaniments to the dishes.

John spent the rest of the summer asking to visit this unremarkable looking restaurant for every meal. Needless to say, he is definitely a fan. We did return again a few more times and were not disappointed. This restaurant comes highly recommended.

Tekka Centre

Our first stop on our Christmas travels was a favourite of ours…Singapore! We love visiting this city for many reasons, but particularly the food! The city is a melting pot of Asian cultures, that results in an amazing culinary mix. Being huge Indian food lovers, we head straight for Little India as soon as we are checked in. The Tekka Centre is a shopping and eating complex in the heart of Little India – the ground floor is taken up completely with Chinese and Indian hawker stalls, while the upstairs plays host to many shops selling Indian and Asian clothing and products.

Our first visit to the Tekka Centre of this holiday was actually for breakfast, albeit at about 10.30am. We chose a large chicken murtabak and a biryani to share.

I watched the stall owner make the murtabak from scratch. It was amazing to see how quickly it all came together, I feel he may have made one before! Here are the photos step by step:

The making of the murtabak
They twist and spin the dough, almost like a pizza base!
The making of the murtabak
Spinning the dough
Adding an egg and some onions before encasing in a second sheet of dough.
Adding an egg and some onions before encasing in a second sheet of dough.
Adding the shredded chicken.
Adding the shredded chicken.
Next the outer layer of dough is folded over the contents.
Next the outer layer of dough is folded over the contents.
Once the murtabak is all wrapped up it is ready to go on the hot plate.
Once the murtabak is all wrapped up it is ready to go on the hot plate.
The lady takes over from the man and ensures there is a  lovely golden brown colour on both sides.
The lady takes over from the man and ensures there is a lovely golden brown colour on both sides.
The final product! It was delicious!
The final product! It was delicious! It comes served with a curry sauce on the side and chilli sauce on top.

This was a delicious way to start our travels. It was really interesting watching it being made in this crazy, hot, humid environment.